Injured While Trespassing
Can You Receive Compensation If You’re Injured While Trespassing on Private Property?
Watch this educational legal video by experienced Hamburg personal injury lawyer Daniel J. Chiacchia to learn your legal rights if you are injured while trespassing on private property in New York.
Trespassing cases can be interesting because the fact that someone is trespassing doesn’t mean the property owner is off the hook – especially in cases where a hidden danger exists on the property. For instance, there may be an uncovered hole on a person’s property – and not only is it 10 feet deep, it’s not readily visible. If a person walking through the property falls into it, the landowner may be responsible for that person’s injuries because of that hidden danger.
I have friends who own property out in the country and, when they ask me for advice about these kinds of things. I say, “You just have to make sure your property is reasonably maintained. In other words, if you see something that’s really out of the ordinary – like a hole – you must try to do something about it. Just because someone’s trespassing on your property, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you, as the property owner, are totally off the hook.” Of course, there can be variations to that scenario. Maybe that injured trespasser was a repeat trespasser, so we get into the facts and circumstances of each case. Every case is different, but don’t presume that, just because the injured person was trespassing, the landowner is not responsible.
If you or a loved one was injured while trespassing, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Let our experienced Hamburg personal injury lawyers fight for you. We treat your case and your injuries seriously and do everything in our power to bring you relief.