Hazards such as spills or any one of a variety of potential tripping hazards along a walkway are common reasons slip and fall and trip and fall accidents occur in NY. These hazards often result from the negligence of the property owner or operator. If evidence can be gathered to show that the property owner knew about the hazard, or at least should have known about it, you may be able to hold them liable for your injuries and related expenses.
Armed with proof of how your slip or trip and fall accident occurred, we are able to file a claim with the property owner or occupier’s liability insurance company. We would then be able to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company, or, depending upon the unique circumstances of your accident, take your case to trial for the compensation you need to cover your economic and noneconomic losses.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Most falls occur because of hazards on walkways, such as a spill, an object, a defect, or another obstruction. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious, or even catastrophic injuries.
The reasons as to how slip and fall accidents occur in New York include:
- Spilled or tracked liquids
- Food dropped onto the floor, especially in grocery stores or restaurants
- Tracked-in snow or rainwater
- Recently mopped or waxed floors
- Uneven or slippery stairs
- Items in the walkway or cluttering the floor
- Cracks, breaks, and potholes in sidewalks and parking lots
- Weathering and damage from salt on the pavement
- Uneven pavement
- Unmarked ramps or step-ups
- Cords across the walkway
- Garbage or clutter on the floor or ground
- Broken tiles or cracked linoleum
- Rolled or folded rugs
- Snow, ice, or muddy ground conditions
Other causes of trip and fall accidents include:
- A lack of warning for a hazard that is unavoidable, such as a steep incline
- Broken or missing handrails, especially on stairs
- Poor lighting
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Slip and Fall Accidents Are Common Personal Injury Accidents
Falls can occur anywhere to anyone. It is not uncommon for victims to suffer fall injuries in a grocery store, retail shop, restaurant, private home, public park, theater, sports arena, or hospital. An injury sustained in a fall at any of these places could support a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
If Your Fall Occurred at Work, the Process for Recovering Compensation Might Be Different
Fall injuries that occur on the job are a separate type of accident injury. New York law bars accident victims from holding their employers liable for their injuries in civil court proceedings. Instead, employees injured while on-the-job are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits which are used to cover medical treatment and lost wages, according to New York Workers’ Compensation Law §29(6). There might be cases, however, where a worker holds a property owner liable for their fall that occurred while they were working. Such cases, where an injured person is entitled to recover both Workers Compensation and on a third-party claim, are one of many examples as to why every injured person should consult with an experienced, dedicated slip and fall or trip and fall personal injury lawyer, for a thorough case review and analysis.
The Team at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. Will Help You with Your Case
The slip and fall accident team from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will explain the strength of your case and will help you take action to pursue compensation. We will help you take the necessary steps to claim compensation if you suffered fall injuries in someone else’s home, a business, or on public property.
Count on our team to:
- Update you regularly on your case
- Identify and hold liable any responsible parties
- Communicate with all parties on your behalf
- Gather evidence
- Determine a value for your case
There are many reasons as to how slip and fall accidents occur in New York. Our attorneys will help you build a case after a New York slip or trip and fall. After taking the steps necessary to prove your case, we will file an insurance claim and attempt to negotiate a settlement with the property owner or occupier’s liability insurance provider. Our goal is to recover the maximum amount of monetary compensation relating to your personal injury such as economic and noneconomic losses.
If we do not negotiate a favorable settlement with the insurer and your case calls for it, we are ready and able to file a lawsuit on your behalf. Let us help you pursue compensation in your case today.
Talk to a Slip and Fall Lawyer in NY Today
At Friedman & Simon, L.L.P., our attorneys will review your case for free. We will help you understand your legal options while protecting your rights. We are advocates for the injured.
Our multilingual staff that speaks Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada serves accident victims on Long Island and in Jericho, New York, Nassau County, and Greater New York City. Call us today at (516) 932-0400 for your free case review with a member of our slip and fall accident team.