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All property owners, residential and commercial, have the duty to ensure safe environments for all visitors. If you have been harmed by a hazardous condition on another’s sidewalk, personal residence, restaurant, mall, hotel, office building school, park, theater, museum or other property, you may be eligible to file a premises liability claim and receive compensation for your injury.
Slip and Fall Injuries Are a Major Cause of Premises Liability and Commonly Occur From:
- Uneven or slippery surfaces
- Crumbling stairs
- Wet floors
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Raised flooring
- Falling debris
- Obstructed pathways
- Poorly lit walkways
Although premises liability law seeks to protect parties who are injured as the result of the property owner’s negligence, it is often difficult to prove liability, especially if the owner has corrected the hazardous condition. To ensure that the proper grounds for your claim are met, you should contact our knowledgeable slip and fall attorneys who have the resources and experience necessary to help you collect compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and even emotional trauma.
What is a trip and fall accident?
Injured in a trip and fall accident? Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green breaks down the essential information you need to know:
Legal Definition of Trip and Fall
In the legal field, we use the terms “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” to describe a personal injury occurring on someone else’s property. The broad category of cases is also known as “premises liability” law.
Duty of Care
Property owners inherit the responsibility to maintain their land and structures to an acceptable standard, making it safe for passage by customers or invited guests. Legally, this is referred to as a property owner’s “duty of care.” When this duty is not upheld and someone becomes injured on the property, the accident victim is legally entitled to sue for damages.
Property owners are liable for ensuring all hallways, stairwells, parking lots, and service areas are well-lit, free from obstacles, and clearly marked. Routine monitoring should be done for spills, cracks, potholes, areas of disrepair, and debris. Known issues must be addressed in a reasonable timeframe and manner.
Damages in Slip and Fall Cases
These damages may include compensation for all past, present, and future medical expenses; lost wages and earning capacity; emotional pain and suffering; disability-related modifications; and, in the worst cases, funerary expenses.
Where Slip and Falls Occur
A slip and fall accident may occur in:
- Apartment complexes
- Government buildings
- Hotels, motels, and resorts
- Malls and shopping centers
- Nursing homes
- Office buildings
- Parking lots
- Personal residences
- Public roads
- Raised carpets
- Tourist attractions
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries may include:
- Soft tissue injuries like ankle sprains, tendon tears, and ligament tears
- Head injuries like concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Cuts, contusions, and abrasions
- “Hard injuries” like broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
Slip and Fall Lawyers Craft Expert Arguments to Secure Just Compensation
Hiring the services of slip and fall lawyers is the best way to ensure a successful settlement or verdict.
Elements of negligence in a slip and fall
In the worst cases, a property owner can be deemed “negligent” when they actually cause the dangerous condition. A property owner may leave an obstacle in the way, spill something and fail to mop it up, or haphazardly begin a construction project without appropriate safety warning signs.
How to prove fault/ liability
The injured victim must prove that the property owner should have recognized a dangerous condition on the property and either removed, repaired, or notified guests of the hazard – but did not. The argument is that a “reasonable” person would have remedied and prevented the dangerous situation.
The most common defenses in slip and fall cases are that the property owner did not know of the hazard and could not have possibly known, or that the accident victim’s conduct caused the accident. The opposition can try to argue that the plaintiff was not paying attention or was on a cell phone at the time. There may be the argument that the plaintiff was trespassing, without a legitimate reason or permission to be in the area where the injury occurred. Lastly, the property owner could argue that warning signs or other safety measures were ignored. Any of these defenses could result in the case being thrown out of court or a reduction in compensation under the laws of “comparative negligence.”
Statute of limitations
In New York State, a plaintiff has up to THREE YEARS from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against a private owner.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
Take the following steps after slipping, tripping, or falling:
- Seek medical attention after a slip and fall accident is most important. The full extent of your injuries may not be fully apparent to an untrained eye. Having official documentation from an attending physician always strengthens your case.
- Be sure to report the accident to the property owner, manager, or landlord. Getting a copy of a written report makes the incident more official.
- Take photos of the dangerous condition.
- Collect the names, contact information, and statements of eye witnesses who could corroborate your version of events if necessary.
Our compassionate slip and fall injury lawyers in New York consider all of these factors and will represent you aggressively so you can take care of what is most important—recovering from your injury and regaining your health. If you were hurt on Long Island, or in Westchester, Brooklyn, the Bronx, or any of the 5 boroughs of New York City, call us today for a free and completely confidential case review.
Contacting a slip and fall attorney with knowledge, experience, and a track record of success from Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb & Green will give you the best chance of securing compensation to help you get through the difficult days ahead.
NYC Slip and Fall Lawyers You Can Count On
Our personal injury law firm can assess your injury and assist you in determining whether the property owner failed to maintain his or her property or properly warn of hazardous conditions. For your claim to be successful, it must be shown that the property owner knew about the hazardous situation and failed to correct it in a timely manner, and that the action or inaction of the property owner caused the condition which led to your injury.
Our compassionate slip and fall injury lawyers consider all of these factors and will represent you aggressively so you can take care of what is most important—recovering from your injury and regaining your health. If you were hurt on Long Island, or in Brooklyn, the Bronx, or any of the 5 boroughs of New York City, call us today for a free and completely confidential case review.
Additional “Slip and Fall Injury Lawsuit” Resources:
- SpinalCord.com – The Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries, https://www.spinalcord.com/blog/the-most-common-slip-and-fall-injuries
- National Floor Safety Institute, Quick Facts, http://nfsi.org/nfsi-research/quick-facts/