Slip & Fall Injury Accidents & Personal Injury Lawyers to Represent You
In New York City, people slip and fall every day, and if you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident you may be entitled to monetary compensation, and you need to reach out to a slip and fall lawyer. If it is the fault of a company or individual, you deserve to get your medical expenses, lost wages, and any pain and suffering covered by the party at fault. Thousands of claims are submitted annually.
If you were hurt in a slip and fall accident, you should speak to an attorney as quickly as possible, to make sure that you stay within the statute of limitations.
What constitutes slip and fall accidents?
Did a property owner or business fail to provide a safe environment for you? Was poor maintenance why you were injured? Did someone fail to warn you of an unsafe situation that resulted in you getting hurt and requiring medical care?
Common slip and fall injuries happen because of:
- Slippery surfaces
- Uneven flooring or ground areas
- Unlit stairways
- Construction site defects
- Loose or uneven stairs and/or broken or missing handrails
- Malfunctioning equipment such as elevators and escalators
In many instances, the property owner is responsible for the injured party’s injuries, though in some cases, they may not be held liable. The key to determine if your accident is the result of negligence is to ask whether the owner or tenants knew that the conditions were unsafe and did not take action to fix them.
Ronemus & Vilensky are New York personal injury attorneys who can help you decide if you have a reasonable claim.
Who is liable in a slip and fall personal injury incident?
For a property owner to be held legally responsible for your injuries, one of the following has to be true:
- The owner of the premises (or an employee) must have caused a spill or other dangerous condition.
- The owner of the premises (or an employee) must have known about the dangerous condition and failed to correct it.
- The owner of the premises (or an employee) “should have known” a dangerous condition was present.
We can look for answers to these and several other questions to try to determine where exactly there is liability in your slip and fall accident.
Did the property owner use their common sense? Did the property owner use reasonable care to keep the property safe? Judges and juries will certainly take these answers into consideration.
If the property owner is careful in their efforts to keep the property safe and clean, they have likely shown a reasonable level of care. Here are some other questions you can ask:
- Did you trip over a broken or uneven area of floor or did you slip on a wet area? If so, was the dangerous condition in place long enough that the owner should have known about it and taken care of it?
- Has an accident happened there before?
- Is there regular maintenance and cleaning or repairing on site? If so, what proof does the owner have of the regular maintenance?
- If you tripped over or slipped on an object someone left on the ground, was there a good reason for the object to be there? If so, but that reason no longer existed, could the object have been removed, covered or otherwise made safe, but was not?
- Was there a different or safer place the object could have been located?
- Could a barrier have been created or a sign clearly posted to warn people of a potential danger?
- Did poor or broken lighting contribute to or cause the trip and fall accident?
If the answer to one or more of these questions is in your favor, you may have a definite claim for personal injury compensation. However, you need to think about whether your actions contributed to your accident, as well. If you caused or contributed to your accident, you may have less of a claim, or none.
Evidence is important in building your case. After you trip and fall, make sure to take photos of the scene of the accident, your shoes, any injuries you sustained, and anything you think may be linked to the accident. Witnesses and safety experts will be helpful in providing testimony, so make sure to get any witness names and contact information. Make sure you file an accident report. In a store, ask for a manager and let them know what happened, and they will properly document it, and make sure to ask for a copy of the report for your own records.
Even if you can’t get the evidence yourself, at Ronemus & Vilensky, we will help you gather as much information as possible. We are expert slip and fall injury attorneys, and will help you build your case and present the evidence in front of a jury.
TIME MATTERS. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact Ronemus & Vilensky immediately, as accident sites are often cleaned up right away and you will want us to get information as soon as possible. Let Ronemus & Vilensky help you get compensated for injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you’ve had to deal with. Let us work for you.