Langsam Law LLP

Premises Liability

This area of law involves a breach of a landlord or owner’s duty to its tenants and/or visitors to provide safe premises. This extends to cases involving defective sidewalks and interior stairs, deficient lighting, the failure to clean up spills and debris, or the failure to properly remove snow and ice. Our lawyers are currently litigating cases where a pedestrian was caused to trip and fall on an exterior carpet in front of a hotel, which was not properly affixed to the sidewalk area; a tenant was caused to trip and fall due to a cracked interior step and a broken handrail, and a visitor to an apartment building was caused to slip and fall on a freshly mopped floor without any warnings as to its condition.

Our NYC personal injury lawyers have successfully obtained monetary compensation for a victim’s physical and psychological injuries sustained as a result of premises negligence.

Related Cases:

  • Confidential settlement for 11 year old brutally stabbed by an assailant in a NYCHA elevator resulting from lack of building security
  • $400,000 for pedestrian caused to trip on depressed sidewalk grating as a result of constant truck traffic in commercial parking lot
  • $350,000 for pedestrian caused to trip on cracked sidewalk
  • $300,000 for pedestrian caused to trip and fall on metal roadway plates improperly placed during the course of construction
  • $250,000 for ambulance worker’s slip and fall on ice
  • $235,000 for tenant caused to slip and fall on freshly mopped floor
  • $200,000 for pedestrian caused to trip on moving company debris left on sidewalk in front of building
  • $155,000 for malfunctioning store escalator resulting in shopper’s fractured ankle
  • $150,000 for tenant on scooter caught in pothole in building courtyard
  • $137,500 settlement for pedestrian caused to trip and fall on defective sidewalk in front of store

Our Attorneys

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Elise Langsam |

Plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice representation.

Senior Partner and veteran trial attorney Elise Langsam has been practicing law for 42 years, 39 of which have been dedicated to representing personal injury clients. Ms. Langsam is a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is admitted to practice in New York State, the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York. She received her J.D. degree in 1978 from SUNY at Buffalo Law School and was admitted to the Appellate Division First Department in 1979. She has volunteered her services to counsel civic organizations such as the Ecuadorian Civil Committee (she is bilingual in Spanish). Some of the cases she has handled have been the subject of articles in the New York Law Journal, the New York Times, and other legal publications, including Jury Verdict Reports. Ms. Langsam tries all the cases in the firm, and her experience, perseverance, and compassion that have been responsible for favorable results for thousands of clients have earned her recognition as a Super Lawyer each year from 2014 through 2020. Legal fees for personal injury and medical malpractice matters are contingent upon recovery, so that clients need not pay us until we successfully obtain compensation for their injuries. 

Richard Langsam |

Corporate law and commercial transactions.

With 41 years of legal experience, Richard Langsam brings to his representation of business clients a broad range of corporate expertise. He counsels small, medium and large businesses and start-ups, advising them with respect to entity selection, strategy and planning, operations, corporate governance, strategic alliances, intellectual property licensing, personnel matters and executive compensation agreements as well as ownership agreements of all varieties. Richard also represents clients in the merger and acquisition arena as well as recapitalizations and financings. Richard’s clientele include such diverse businesses as steel manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, general contractors, architects, engineers and advertising agencies and he has acted as virtual “in house” counsel to Dutch, British, Italian, French, German and Swedish businesses with respect to their wholly owned United States subsidiaries.