Hundreds of thousands of people slip and fall each year, resulting in injuries ranging from minor scratches and bruises to broken bones to paralysis and death. Serious slip and falls are no laughing matter-victims may rack up thousands of dollars of medical bills, be unable to work, need to give up favorite activities and adapt to a new lifestyle, as well as endure significant pain. When a slip and fall takes place on someone else's property, that property owner may be liable for the injuries.
How do you know when you have a case?
Many times people fall and there is no one else at fault. Sometimes people just lose their balance or are not paying attention to where they are going and trip on something they should have seen that serves a purpose, such as a sprinkler system or drainage grate. Also, if there is a new condition that an owner did not know about or have time to correct, such as when indoor floors become wet and muddy because it is raining outside.
However, property owners do have some responsibility to keep their property safe. This includes fixing such dangers as broken floors, cracked sidewalks, torn carpet, inadequate lighting, and broken steps. Usually a property owner is responsible for injuries that occur on the property when one of these three conditions exist:
•1. They caused the accident
•2. They knew of the unsafe condition that caused the accident and did nothing to fix it
•3. They should have known of the unsafe condition that caused the accident and did not fix it
The third situation is the most common, but it is now always clear-cut when an owner "should have known" about a situation. In determining a property owner's "reasonableness," the law concentrates on whether the owner makes regular and thorough efforts to keep the property safe and clean.
Have you been injured in a slip and fall?
Slip and falls can take place in private homes, apartment buildings, retail stores, shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores, night clubs, parks and office buildings. If you are hurt in a slip and fall, notify the owner or manager and seek any necessary medical attention. It is good to document the location and injury as best you can with pictures, names and phone numbers of any witnesses and the exact location. A lawyer can help document your injuries, get expert testimony and has experience dealing with other lawyers and insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve. Compensation for a slip and fall lawsuit can include medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other costs associated with the injuries.
Contact our lawyers
At Goldstein and Bashner, our lawyers are experienced in handling slip and fall cases and have the knowledge and resources to help you get the maximum compensation you deserve. Our slip and fall and trip and fall attorneys have family members that are disabled and we understand the frustration of dealing with a permanent injury. As our client, you will be represented by someone who has a track record of winning cases and is passionate about seeing you succeed.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We will sit down with you and examine your case, answer all your questions, and let you know what you can expect from the legal process.
Our law firm has offices conveniently located in Manhattan and Long Island. We represent cases throughout New York, including Long Island, New York City, Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau County and Suffolk County.