Landowners, building owners, and their tenants, whether in or sometimes out of possession, are generally responsible for keeping their premises in a reasonably safe condition for those who are present upon the premises. There are also many specific code requirements and industry standards that can often apply to different types of structures; different portions of structures; and buildings used for various types of purposes.
For instance, multiple dwellings and common areas of commercial buildings have specific code requirements relating to their entrance and exitways; lighting, stairway design; and fire code compliance. Specific code requirements also exist for elevator inspection, recordkeeping, and maintenance; for boiler maintenance; and governing some types of glass installation in certain areas. For a discussion of some standards applicable during construction, demolition, and excavation, see our page entitled “Construction Accidents and Labor Law.”
Our office can help guide you in explaining your potential rights in case of an accident due to a defective condition or facility in a building, or outside a building.