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When slip and fall accidents happen on another person’s property because of dangerous conditions or a failure to warn of known hazards, and injury results, victims are entitled to compensation. Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green, P.C. has provided exceptional personal injury representation to Bronx residents for over 50 years, and can outline your legal options after a slip and fall accident.

The effects of slip, trip and fall accidents, whether caused by a wet floor, a missing handrail, or an uneven surface – can range from sprains and concussions to broken bones. Property owners and their insurers will often attempt to blame victims for the accident, underscoring the need for an experienced Bronx personal injury lawyer to review your case and stand up for your rights.

Premises liability laws are in place to ensure that property and business owners take measures to protect the public from foreseeable injury stemming from dangerous property conditions. Protect your rights to legal recovery by speaking to a slip and fall accident lawyer Bronx residents have come to trust.

Our attorneys work tirelessly to maximize your recovery and provide honest, open communication throughout the legal process.

Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents in the Bronx

Recently polished or waxed floors, spilled liquids, melted snow, and ice are among the most common causes of slip and fall accidents, but other conditions can contribute to a serious injury:

  • Uneven pavement or flooring
  • Water leaks that are not fixed
  • Loose rugs or mats
  • Defective or missing handrails
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Cluttered aisles and walkways
  • Missing stair treads or steps

It doesn’t matter if the slip and fall took place in a grocery store, a cafe, a hotel, a parking lot, or a friend’s apartment. All property owners and operators have a legal duty to keep their grounds reasonably safe, and to notify guests of flooring transitions, spills, holes, and other potential trip and fall hazards.

Worried that you were partly to blame for the accident? You can still seek compensation under New York’s comparative negligence laws, which reduce damage awards according to the percent of shared liability.

Holding Property Owners Liable

A slip and fall injury on another property does not, by itself, qualify you for legal action. In order to secure money damages, your Bronx slip and fall attorney must prove that the property owner was negligent. Perhaps the owner knew of a water leak but did nothing about it, or waxed the tile but failed to put out a warning sign.

Premises liability claims require considerable evidence to be successful, which highlights the importance of choosing skilled legal representation.

Your attorney at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green will start independent investigations immediately, collecting evidence before it disappears. This could include photos taken at the accident scene, footage from the property’s surveillance cameras, and employee logs or other documents that show the person controlling the property knew about a hazard before the accident occurred.

Bronx Property Owners Responsible for Snow and Ice Removal

The New York City Administrative Code § 16-123 spells out property owners’ responsibility for snow and ice removal, which can reduce the rates of slip and fall accidents. According to the statute:

“Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, or other person, having charge of any building or lot of ground in the city, abutting upon any street where the sidewalk is paved, shall, within four hours after the snow ceases to fall, or after the deposit of any dirt or other material upon such sidewalk, remove the snow or ice, dirt, or other material from the sidewalk and gutter, the time between nine post meridian and seven ante meridian not being included in the above period of four hours.”

Slips and falls on ice are a common occurrence during winter months, and depending on the circumstances, there may be more than one liable party. Our Bronx slip and fall lawyers will look for all potential sources of recovery, which may include property owners, municipal entities, and property management companies.

Monetary Compensation Available to Victims

A sudden tumble on an icy sidewalk or broken stair can result in serious injuries that require many months of medical care. But hospital and medical expenses are not the only burdens that slip and fall victims sustain. The legal system allows for plaintiffs to seek money damages that account for a variety of economic and non-economic losses, including: 

  • Loss of income
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Long-term disability or disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Emotional distress

How a Bronx Slip and Fall Attorney Can Help You

There are many advantages to hiring a Bronx trip and fall attorney at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green. We put your needs first at all times and handle all negotiations and communication with insurance companies. By collaborating with industry experts, we can demonstrate the full extent of your medical expenses, injuries, and anticipated losses, and demand a settlement that fairly compensates your physical, emotional, and financial suffering. 

We ensure that all filing deadlines are met, and we will be ready to litigate your case in court should a settlement offer be unsatisfactory. Our legal team has procured millions of dollars in damages on behalf of people who were hurt through no fault of their own, and works on a contingency fee basis.

Schedule a free, no-obligation with a leading Bronx premises liability attorney today, and get the representation you need after a slip, trip and fall.