Residents of Long Island and tourists alike visit Long Beach. It is a great place to relax and soak up the sun away from the hustle of the city. Long Beach is less crowded than other beaches on Long Island. But even without the rambunctious crowds, accidents can happen. If you are involved in an accident, you might be entitled to compensation.
If another person’s negligence contributed to your accident and injury, that party might be responsible for paying for your medical bills, lost wages, and even your pain and suffering. But determining who was at fault for your accident at Long Beach can be difficult. Depending on where and how you were injured, multiple parties might be liable. A Long Beach accident and injury lawyer can help you determine all liable parties and help prove negligence.
Who might be liable for an accident at Long Beach?
The parties liable for your accident depend on how and where the accident occurred. Below are the most common types of accidents that occur at Long Beach and potential parties liable for each.
Slip and Falls: There are quite a few parks and playgrounds in Long Beach, which means the city has quite a lot to maintain. Sometimes the city slips up with its maintenance duties; if you suffer a substantial injury after falling at Long Beach, you deserve compensation. Common causes of slip and fall accidents in Long Beach include:
- Loose boards or uneven walkways
- Trash or other debris in walkways
- Potholes and cracks in parking lots and pavement
- Snow, ice, or other weather accumulation
- Broken hand rails or fencing
- Slippery substances left spilled on the ground
- Broken playground equipment
Assault: Sometimes injuries at the beach are no accident. Whether you are relaxing on the beach, walking the boardwalk, using an outdoor shower, or returning to your car in the parking garage, altercations with other beach visitors could happen.
If you were assaulted, mugged, or threatened with violence at Long Beach, you may be entitled to compensation from the person who assaulted you or possibly even Long Beach for failing to provide adequate security.
Car accidents: Everyone has to get to the beach somehow. Many people take public transportation of course, but plenty still drive to the beach. This means there is a real risk of accident from collisions between cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
Depending on whether your accident occurred on property owned by the government or property owned by a private person, one or more parties may be liable for your injury. Property owners have a duty to keep their property free from dangerous conditions. This means if you are injured from such a dangerous condition, the property owner will be liable.
In some cases, the property owner and the person who created the dangerous condition are two separate people. This can happen if a private business, such as a concession stand, is located on government property. For example, if you slip and fall on a slippery surface next to a concession stand, both the owner of the stand and the government could be liable for your injury.
Determining liability for an accident at Long Beach can be difficult, but you must be able to determine and prove it to have a valid claim. The attorneys at Goldstein & Bashner will examine your accident and determine all liable parties.
Filing Your Claim
There are different steps you will need to take depending on whether the person at fault for your injury was a government entity or a private citizen.
If the City of Long Beach is responsible for your injuries, you must first file a Notice of Claim. You have 90 days from the day you were injured to file.
During the claims process, you will likely need to sit for a deposition. Your attorney can prep you for the deposition and ensure you do not do or say anything to jeopardize your claim.
A case against an individual is a typical injury claim (i.e., you determine liability, prove negligence, negotiate settlement, settle or go to court), but that does not mean it will be easy.
In both cases, you will need to show how the defendant was at fault for your injury.
How do I prove someone else was at fault?
Once you determine who is to blame for your accident at Long Beach, you still have to prove that party was at fault. To prove fault, you need to prove that the party owed you a duty of care, that it breached that duty, and that the breach caused your accident and injuries.
You will need to collect several pieces of information to prove that the other party was negligent, including:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Contact information for those witnesses
- Photographs from the scene of the accident
- Surveillance footage from any nearby stores or traffic cameras
- A medical report detailing the injuries you sustained
Our attorneys know what evidence will best bolster your case. We can help you gather the necessary evidence and use it to build the strongest possible case.
What can I recover?
If the party at fault agrees to settle or you win your case in court, you can expect to receive compensation for your injuries, including the cost of your medical bills and expenses. This could be past due bills and the future cost of medical treatment such as physical therapy, surgery, or prescription drugs.
You can also recover compensation if you are unable to return to work after an accident. You will base such compensation on lost wages or the decreased ability to earn income due to having to take a lower paying job. You could also recover compensation for your pain and suffering.
Goldstein & Bashner Can Help
In the blink of an eye, a simple day at the beach could turn into an accident that prevents you from leaving your bed. If this happens, you could have trouble supporting your family and making ends meet.
The party at fault for your accident deserves to pay for the damage it caused.
The accident attorneys at Goldstein & Bashner have helped people just like you to recover the compensation they deserve after an accident. Remember, if the county or city is at fault, there are special steps you need to take to preserve your right to compensation. You must take these steps quickly, so it is imperative that you do not delay.
Do not lose your chance for compensation. Call us today for a free consultation and to learn more about your ability to recover damages for your injury at Long Beach: 516-222-4000.