Located in Nassau County, Lido Beach is a lovely place to spend the day with your family. You can relax in the barbecue picnic area, soak up some sun, or take a dip in the ocean. However, you will not be alone because each year, tons of New York natives and visitors flock to this Long Island location.
Because the beach is crowded, accidents are bound to happen. If you were injured at Lido Beach, you may be entitled to compensation. Recovering compensation for Lido Beach injuries can be complicated. A Lido Beach accident and injury lawyer from Goldstein & Bashner can help: 516-222-4000.
The Most Common Types of Accidents at Lido Beach
How your accident occurs will usually determine who is liable for your injuries. The following are the most common types of accidents we see and the parties most often liable for them:
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and falls (or trip and falls) are a common occurrence in just about any public place. Injuries are often minor, but in some cases, you could end up with broken bones, head trauma, and hefty medical bills after a fall. Falls at Lido Beach could be the result of:
- Uneven or cracked sidewalks and stairs
- Broken hand rails or fencing
- Obstacles or obstructions in walkways
- Sudden changes in elevation on walkways such as potholes in pavement or groundhog holes in fields
- Slippery substances left on the ground
- Snow and ice accumulation
Filing a claim for a slip and fall against the Town of Hempstead, which manages Lido Beach, can seem almost impossible. Per § 6.2 of the town code, Hempstead is not liable for any injuries suffered due to dangerous conditions unless it received notice of the dangerous condition prior to the accident occurring.
Essentially, if you tripped and fell on a cracked sidewalk, you will be unable to hold the Town of Hempstead liable unless you can prove that it had already received notice of the cracked sidewalk and did nothing to remedy the situation.
A lawyer can help you determine if you have a valid case and/or if another party (e.g., a third party responsible for maintaining the property) is liable.
Faulty Equipment Accidents
The Town of Hempstead has a duty to maintain the property located at the beach in a safe manner. If poor maintenance of such an item caused your injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Common faulty equipment could include:
- Dangerous sporting equipment, including basketball and bocce courts
- Unsafe barbecue grills
- Rotting or unstable picnic tables and benches
- Broken playground equipment
Remember that this is only possible if the Town of Hempstead knew of the broken or defective equipment and did nothing to fix it.
A serious risk when visiting a public place comes directly from other visitors. If another guest at Lido Beach assaults you, you may be entitled to recovery.
A lawyer can help you determine what parties, aside from the assaulter, may be liable.
Most everyone visiting the beach had to drive there. This means there will be a parking lot full of cars and pedestrians. Even buses and taxis will frequent the area. Regardless of how the car accident occurred, if a negligent driver caused or contributed to your accident, you deserve compensation.
How do I prove liability and negligence?
It can be tough to prove that a certain individual or government entity was at fault for your accident. In order to prove liability you will need to collect various pieces of evidence including:
- Eyewitness testimony from the scene of the accident
- Photographs of the dangerous condition that caused your accident
- Surveillance footage from a nearby store or traffic camera that may have caught your accident on tape
- A medical report of your injuries, including what may have caused such an injury
- Police or incident report
To be able to hold the town liable, you must also be liable to furnish records that show it had prior knowledge of the hazardous condition.
You must then be able to take this evidence and use it to prove negligence. Our attorneys have decades of experience investigating accidents, gathering evidence, and building strong cases for negligence.
We have spent our careers working with experts, such as accident reconstructionists and analysts, to determine liability, prove negligence, and establish damages. We would be honored to do the same for you.
If your claim is successful, you may be able to recover damages for your current and future medical costs, lost wages, decreased earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Call Goldstein & Bashner after an Accident at Lido Beach
Do not let a simple accident take control of your life. If another party’s negligence caused your injury, you deserve compensation and the accident attorneys at Goldstein & Bashner will fight on your behalf to get it.
Enlist legal help as soon as possible. Injury cases that involve the government can be extremely difficult to win. The sooner you call Goldstein & Bashner after an accident at Lido Beach, the sooner we can start the process of investigating the accident and holding the negligent party responsible. Call us today: 516-222-4000.