Slip and fall on sidewalk with someone coming to help

It is no secret how difficult it can be to find parking here in New York City– and a city lot can solve a lot of problems on a busy day. However, patrons may be caught off guard to find out that they are not always safely maintained. There can be oil spills, puddles of water, or the interior is improperly lit, or stairwells with broken handrails.  

What is the Property Owner’s Duty?

Owners of parking lots and garages are under a duty of care to safely maintain the premises. They must rectify any dangerous conditions, prevent patrons from accessing areas with increased danger and provide clear warnings advising people to avoid or exercise increased caution in certain areas. If the owners or managers do not do this, then they may be held liable for any injuries that you suffer as a result.

What Typically Causes These Accidents?

In addition to the dangers listed above, some of the other common issues our attorneys at Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb, Green & Bagley, P.C. have seen include:

  • Snowy or icy conditions that were not cleared blocked off, or salted in a reasonably timely manner
  • Cracks, potholes, or other causes of unexpectedly uneven surfaces in the lot or garage
  • Litter, trash, or broken glass on the ground
  • A concrete barrier or extension cord that is not marked properly
  • Steps that crumble or give out

Examples of How a Property Owner Can Take Reasonable Precautions

In each of the examples mentioned above, the property owner should have shoveled, plowed, or salted the snowy or icy ground in a timely manner, fixed or blocked off any uneven surfaces, removed debris off of the ground, warned customers of barriers or extension cords, improved the property’s lighting, and fixed or blocked off the deteriorating steps.

Note that there is often an unspecified period that needs to pass between the development of the dangerous condition and when the property owner should have reasonably fixed it. For example, someone walks directly in front of you and drops a glass bottle on the ground. This causes you to trip and fall. It would not be reasonable to expect the parking lot owner or manager to immediately fix this. On the other hand, a blizzard that ends at 4 AM, with the lot still buried in snow when you slip and fall at 7 PM, means they failed to take reasonable precautions to ensure your safety. They breached the duty of care owed to you.

What Sort of Financial Compensation can a Trip and Fall Victim Expect?

What follows is a list of some of the typical damages for which slip and fall accident victims can recover:

  • Hospital, doctors, and ambulance bills
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of earning potential becomes relevant when an injury renders a victim unable to continue working their current job. As a result, the plaintiff can only work lower-paying jobs.
  • Pain and suffering
  • The costs of future medical and rehabilitative care associated with this injury
  • Any in-home care or assistance that you will require due to this accident

Why Do I Need a Lawyer After a Parking Lot Slip and Fall Accident?

If you suffered injuries in a parking lot fall, you need a lawyer who can help you pursue justice. This is especially important if you were severely hurt and hope to recover financial compensation. Some of the ways an attorney could help with your case include the following:

  • Investigating your fall. It is vital to understand every fact surrounding your slip and fall accident. It starts with identifying the hazard that caused it. A thorough investigation could also determine if there was a video of it or witnesses.
  • Building a theory of negligence. One of the most challenging aspects of these cases is developing a solid theory of negligence. The property owner is only responsible for your injuries if they fail to take reasonable steps to prevent your fall from happening. Proving this can be difficult without legal representation.
  • Negotiate a settlement. Most slip and fall injury cases ultimately settle. Your attorney will ensure that you only accept a settlement offer that is in your best interest.
  • Litigate your case. An attorney’s guidance will be invaluable if a lawsuit becomes necessary in your slip and fall injury case. The court system relies on rules of evidence that are difficult to follow. Without legal representation, it will be difficult if not possible to present the evidence you need to succeed.   

Experience and Results Matter

These cases tend to be very complicated in determining what caused your fall and pinpointing who should be held accountable. That is one reason why we always recommend that accident victims hire a trusted New York City slip and fall lawyer to represent them and do the heavy lifting required to bring justice to the negligent parties.

At Friedman, Levy, Goldfarb, Green & Bagley, P.C., we have been representing New Yorkers for over 50 years and helping them navigate highly stressful periods of their lives.

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If you have been injured in a parking lot trip and fall accident in New York City, contact us 24 hours a day to schedule a free consultation with our team of personal injury lawyers. No fees will be charged unless you win.