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In New York City, accidents occur daily, including slips and falls, due to a number of reasons, including because too often negligent property owners don’t take care of their buildings and outside areas. Let’s look at common slip-and-fall accidents, the responsibility of property owners, the type of injuries that occur from slip-and-fall accidents, what to do if you have been injured in a fall accident, and what’s involved in filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Slip-and-fall accidents occur for several reasons, including:
Common injuries from slip-and-fall accidents include severe injuries, including:
For a property owner to be held legally responsible for your injuries, one of the following conditions must be true:
An experienced NYC slip-and-fall accident attorney will look for answers to these and several other questions to determine if the property owner’s negligence was the cause of the injury
Did the property owner use reasonable care to keep the property safe? Judges and juries will undoubtedly consider these answers.
Did you trip over a broken or uneven floor area or 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?
Did a slip-and-fall accident, in the exact same location, occur before?
Is regular maintenance and cleaning or repair on-site performed regularly? If so, what proof does the owner have that they performed routine maintenance?
Could a barrier have been created or a sign 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 yes, you could have a premises liability claim.
If you trip and fall, 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 help provide 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 tell them what happened. They should document the fall accident. Make sure to ask for a copy of the report for your records.
If you or a loved one were hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, speak to an attorney as quickly as possible to ensure that you file a claim within the statute of limitations. New York state law requires legal action between 90 days to three years, depending on whether the slip and fall accident occurred on private or government-owned property.
The law firm of Ronemus & Vilensky is comprised of New York personal injury attorneys. They can review your slip-and-fall case to determine if you have a reasonable personal injury claim. We can help you gather as much information as possible. We are expert slip and fall injury attorneys, can negotiate a settlement with an insurance company and, if necessary, will help build your case and present the evidence in front of a jury for maximum compensation.
Depending on the specific case, fall lawsuits can include compensation for medical bills, physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Our successful personal injury law firm track record includes obtaining settlements and fair compensation for various fall accident victims.
TIME MATTERS. Contact Ronemus & Vilensky immediately, as accident sites are often cleaned immediately. You will want us to gather information as soon as possible to determine the circumstances surrounding the fall in order to recover damages. Call our law firm for a free consultation.