Oceanside Slip and Fall Accident & Injury Lawyer
If you experienced a slip and fall or trip and fall accident on another person’s property and suffered injuries as a result, you may be entitled to receive compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost income, and other damages.
An Oceanside slip/trip and fall accident and injury lawyer at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will determine who is at fault for your accident, establish their liability, work with insurers, and represent your rights in civil court, if necessary.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today at (516) 932-0400 for a free case review and consultation.
Hazards That Can Cause a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accident
A slip/trip and fall can happen anywhere and anytime, often as the result of a seemingly benign, neglected oversight on someone’s property.
In our years of representing these cases, we have become aware of the most common culprits for a slip and fall or trip and fall, including the following:
- Broken or missing handrails
- Unsecured rugs
- Spills and leaks
- Loose tiles or carpet
- Debris or clutter in walkways
- Cracks in sidewalks
- Broken stairway handrails
- Loose or broken stair treads
- Cables and cords stretched across a walkway
- Poor lighting
- Unmarked curbs
- Safety code violations
Our Oceanside personal injury lawyers accept all types and causes of slip/trip and fall accidents. We will see that your rights to compensation are fully represented.
Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall and Trip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall and trip and fall injuries can span the spectrum from relatively inconsequential to catastrophic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that around 20% of these accidents cause moderate to severe injuries. Among these injuries are:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Shoulder injuries
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Hip fractures
- Other fractures
Our legal team will review your medical records and consult with expert medical professionals to determine the extent and ultimate cost of your injuries—a cost that should be borne by the owner of the property where your accident occurred.
Responsibility of the Property Owner
Responsibility for your safety when you visit a property—for whatever reason—generally falls on the property owner. New York law specifies that if you injure yourself via a slip and fall or trip and fall because of a hazard that the property owner knew about, or one of which they should have been aware and which they failed to correct or warn you about, you can sue that property owner for the losses you incur as a result of your injury.
This rule of negligence applies to any type of property, from private residences to commercial properties.
What Your Lawyer Will Have to Prove
Your lawyer will need to establish the property owner’s negligence, as indicated above, by proving that:
- They knew (or should have known) about a hazard on the property.
- They did not fix the hazard or warn visitors about it.
- The hazard caused the accident that led to your injuries.
- You sustained physical, economic, and emotional damages as a result of the injuries.
A premises liability lawyer at Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will research your accident, collecting evidence that proves the necessary elements of your case. Call us today at (516) 932-0400 for a free case review.
Gathering Evidence to Support Your Case
When you hire Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. to represent your case, we will begin to construct your case with a solid foundation of evidence that our team will gather during its investigation of your accident. Depending upon the unique circumstances of your case, we will:
- Visit the scene of your accident
- Collect and document photos and videos of the scene
- Interview witnesses
- Obtain property safety records, where relevant
- Gather your medical records
- Review the history of accidents on the property
- View property maintenance records
- Obtain property ownership documentation
- Get a copy of the property accident report
- Gather wage statements from your employer
Our goal in gathering this evidence is to remove all doubt regarding the negligence, liability, and damages relevant to your case. Our next step will be to identify and calculate your losses for which you need and are entitled to be compensated.
Your damages extend far beyond the cost of the emergency room treatment you received. Although every slip and fall and trip and fall case is different, you may also have sustained the following items of damage, which we will present to the defendant’s insurance company or to a judge and jury if necessary:
- Emergency transportation
- Physical rehabilitation
- Medical expenses
- Prescription medicines
- Lost income and benefits
- Diminished future potential earnings
- Home modifications for accessibility
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Emotional trauma
As required by your case, we shall also obtain written opinions from experts in the fields of medicine, economics, vocational therapy, and life care planning to estimate the losses you will experience down the road as a result of your injury and help ensure that we negotiate for maximum dollar recovery on your behalf.
If a loved one died as the result of injuries they sustained in a slip and fall or a trip and fall, we regret your loss, and we hope you will consider pursuing a wrongful death action to help you cover the losses you will endure as a result of this tragedy. This may be a difficult step for you as you grieve, but the economic reality of this loss may hit sooner than you think.
When you are ready to proceed, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. so one of our wrongful death lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve. Even if you are not ready to proceed and just want to review all your options as you consider how you wish to go forward, please reach out to us for the information you need. We want to help you.
Let Us Champion Your Right to Recover Damages
There is a time component to filing a personal injury claim for your slip/trip and fall. New York’s statute of limitations restricts the amount of time you have following your accident to file a civil lawsuit to recover damages.
Our attorneys and multilingual staff will stay on top of this important deadline and manage every aspect of your case so you can focus on recovering from your physical injury. Additionally, the sooner you contact us, the greater our opportunity to build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. today for a free case review and consultation today at (516) 932-0400.