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When you go out in public or to another person’s residence, you expect to be able to do so easily and without sustaining any injury. However, if there are hazards on the property, regardless of whether the owner knows about them, they can drastically change your plans for the worse and even cause lifelong pain and suffering.
Every year, thousands of individuals across New York State suffer slip and fall incidents. Although most cases result in only minor injuries, some instances can have a lasting and damaging impact on a person’s ability to function.
Have you been injured in a fall? Talk to a New York City slip and fall accident attorney at our firm by calling (800) 498-2782. We can explain your rights and options to you during a free case review.
“Slip and fall” is generally used to describe accidents where people are injured as a result of slipping, tripping, or falling over due to dangerous conditions on a property. These falls can take place inside or outside a building, and some contributing factors are typically wet floors, weather-related or hidden hazards, damaged flooring, or poorly-lit steps. Icy patches and cracks or potholes often cause slip and fall accidents in the parking lots of businesses and apartments complexes, but they can happen anywhere on a property.
A slip and fall accident is generally covered by negligence laws in New York City. These laws deal with premises liability, which specifies that property owners have a duty of care to maintain a safe and defect-free property. Property owners are required to routinely inspect their buildings to ensure they have no structural defects or other hazards that can cause accidents on the inside or outside of their properties. They are also sometimes required to close off areas that regularly present weather-related dangers.
Some common hazards that can cause slip and fall or trip and fall accidents may include:
Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere. You are legally entitled to compensation for your traumatic and damaging experience, but you must take appropriate actions as soon as possible in order to protect your legal rights and ensure your best chances of securing compensation.
Although every case is different, we recommend taking the following steps after a slip and fall:
We have also created a document to help you know how to prove liability in a slip and fall case, as well as some roadblocks you may encounter.
Filing a lawsuit for a slip and fall accident that resulted in injury and was caused by the negligence of the property owner is a crucial step in seeking the full and fair compensation you deserve. You will need to file the claim to the appropriate court, which is a step that your attorney can help you complete.
As the injured party, you are responsible for proving that a hazard existed and that the hazard is what caused your slip and fall accident. A lawyer can help you with all of the following elements of a case:
As experienced NYC slip and fall lawyers, our team can pursue your case and investigate the various elements of the case, including:
When a person suffers a slip and fall injury, they often require medical attention. Some individuals have to go through extensive physical and sometimes emotional and mental therapy. Others may not be able to work as a result of the injuries they sustain. Our team at Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P. has helped hundreds of clients obtain the maximum compensation they are entitled to.
Some of our most notable slip and fall case results include:
Although no amount of money can erase the pain and suffering a person sustains due to these injuries, the compensation can help the victim secure the medical help they need and maintain their finances while they recover.