Point Lookout Beach Personal Injury Lawyer
When most people head to the beach, they do not consider the injuries that could befall them there. Unfortunately, accidents happen, and Point Lookout in the Town of Hempstead is no exception.
Liability for your injury depends largely on how your accident occurred. Below, we detail common types of accidents that Point Lookout Beach injury attorneys deal with, as well as who may be liable for them.
Slip and Fall Accidents
If you visit any public place, you are bound to see slip (or trip) and fall accidents. Sometimes the person who falls is not seriously injured and simply laughs the accident off as a joke.
However, if you suffer serious injury in a slip and fall caused by another person’s negligence, you should not just laugh it off. You may be entitled to compensation if any of the following caused your accident:
- Cracked or uneven sidewalks
- Potholes and cracks in the parking lot pavement
- Broken hand rails or fencing
- Slippery substances or standing water left on the ground
- Snow and ice accumulation
- Debris left in walkways or half hidden under the sand
Property owners have a duty to keep their property safe for all invited visitors. If a property owner fails to fix a known hazard, he or she is liable for any injuries that occur.
The Town of Hempstead is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Point Lookout Beach. While you can hold Hempstead liable for your injuries, you can only do so if you can prove that it had prior knowledge of the hazard.
However, if your accident took place on private property, then a private citizen or company could be at fault. In some cases, more than one party could be to blame.
Another serious risk for injury when visiting a public place is an injury from other people at the beach. Whether you are the victim of an assault, theft, or robbery, you may be entitled to compensation from the party who assaulted you.
Since tourists and locals alike will be driving to the beach, parking lots and streets near Point Lookout are going to be crowded. As such, there is a high risk of accidents involving vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. If you suffered injury in an accident with a negligent driver, you deserve to recover compensation.
Our Point Lookout Beach injury lawyers will work with accident reconstructionists to establish the cause of your accident, determine all liable parties, and ensure you do not file against the incorrect parties. Once we have determined the liable party(s), we can get to work on gathering evidence to prove fault.
How to Prove Liability and Causation
Even once you know who is at fault for your injury at Point Lookout, it can be difficult to prove that party was to blame. Before submitting your demand for compensation from the at-fault party(s), you and your attorney will need to collect valuable pieces of information and evidence including:
- Testimony and/or contact information from eyewitness who saw the accident
- Photographs of the area where your accident occurred, especially close ups of the dangerous condition that caused your accident
- Surveillance footage from nearby store cameras or traffic cameras
- Your medical reports detailing the severity or your injuries and possible causes
If you believe the Town of Hempstead was at fault for your accident, you must also be able to provide evidence that it knew of the dangerous condition before your accident occurred. You can do so by providing an unresolved complaint about the hazardous condition that caused your accident.
Gathering evidence, especially surveillance footage and hazardous condition complaints, can be difficult when you are trying to recover from a serious injury.
Our Point Lookout Beach personal injury attorneys can help you collect the above evidence and any other types of evidence needed to win your case. Once we have gathered all necessary evidence, we will use it to build a strong case and get you as much compensation as possible.
Types of Damages Recoverable
If your claim is successful, you can recover damages for:
- Your medical bills, including any current bills that are due, compensation for bills that you have already paid, and even compensation for expected future bills, such as physical therapy or surgeries
- Lost wages
- Decreased earning ability from being forced to take a less demanding job (or not being able to return at all)
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Contacting a Point Lookout Beach Accident Lawyer
Even a simple injury can leave you stranded in a hospital bed unable to earn the wages you need to support yourself and your family. If someone else caused your injury, you deserve compensation. The Point Lookout Beach injury attorneys at Goldstein & Bashner will fight to ensure that you receive it.
Do not lose your chance to recover compensation for your injuries caused by another person.