If you slip and fall, you may find yourself deeply embarrassed, and in some cases, severely injured as well. While people tend to associate a ‘slip and fall’ with minor injuries such as a sprained wrist or a bruised knee, sometimes such accidents can cause life changing damages.
One such case has recently been brought to my attention. In 2007, a man in Queens, NY, fell down a step after his foot was caught on the taping of one of the stairs. The man fell, hit his head, and obtained severe spinal injuries. He then filed a civil lawsuit against the property owner in hopes of recovering damages and received a $2.8 million dollar settlement. Yes, you read that correctly– a multi-million dollar settlement for a slip and fall case. I wanted to bring this case to your attention in an effort to show that all slip and fall accidents are different. It’s true that many of these accidents result in minor injuries and settlement figures that don’t exactly make headlines, but it’s also true that these cases can bring along settlements similar to the one just discussed.
Property owners are reponsible for keeping their premises safe and free of any potential hazards. Under premise liability laws, when owners fail to meet these standards, they may be responsible for any accidents that occur. So whether you’ve sustained minor or life altering injuries on behalf of a property owner’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. At Goldstein and Bashner, our attorneys have represented injury victims in New York and Long Island for over 20 years. If you have been injured, contact our offices for a free case evaluation.