Slip and Fall Accidents in NYC
Every single day, countless Americans fall down. At first thought, it might seem like a relatively harmless occurrence, and many people do fall without sustaining a serious injury. But it might surprise you to know that slips and falls result in some of the most devastating, and sometimes fatal, injuries.
People slip and fall due to a variety of reasons, sometimes due to their own carelessness. But often people fall because of someone else’s negligence. There are many dangerous conditions that cause people to slip and fall — conditions that the landowner, tenant, or property manager will be held liable for as a matter of law. Our NYC slip and fall lawyers have the experience necessary to identify these hazards and confirm who is responsible for the condition.
Why Slip & Fall Injuries Call for Legal Action
If you’ve suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident, then you already know how costly and painful these injuries can be. What you might not know is that you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries if it was caused by unsafe property conditions.
A serious injury impacts our finances, careers and ability to do daily activities. You shouldn’t be forced to pay for these things, especially if a property owner or manager failed to keep their premises safe. A slip and fall case is considered a premises liability claim, in which a property’s owner is held accountable for the costs their property’s condition poses to others. In other words, the expenses you’re now facing -and will continue to face – might be paid by a negligent property owner and/or their insurance company.
These injury claims can mean the difference between financial ruin and a manageable situation. A slip and fall case obviously won’t heal your injuries or take away the pain you’re suffering. However, they can offer you much-needed payment to get the care and assistance you require. A successful claim also offers you the opportunity to avoid financial ruin and hold at-fault parties accountable for the harm you’ve suffered.
If you’d like to explore your legal options and find out whether or not you have a claim, call (516) 399-2364 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation. The New York slip and fall injury attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC help clients get the payment and care they need, so they begin the process of rebuilding their lives in the wake of a devastating injury.
Expenses You Can Seek in a Slip & Fall Case
When you file a slip and fall premises liability claim, you are demanding payment for the many costs you’re facing. Some of these expenses stem from the monetary costs, but you can (and should) consider the non-financial impact of your injury, so you can include those expenses in your claim.
The expenses – or damages – you can demand in an injury claim include…
- Any and all medical expenses related to your slip and fall injury. This includes costs for hospitalization, physical therapy, rehabilitation, tests, treatments and medications.
- Lost income because of diminished work capacity or time missed at work. You might have missed work because of your injury, or you might find that your injury prevents you from working at the same level you did before suffering an injury. Both past and future lost income can be considered damages in an injury claim.
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering. These damages are considered “non-economic,” though they often do have financial implications for sufferers. It is vital that you factor in the physical and emotional suffering you’ve experienced due to your accident in order to demand payment for the true costs of your injury.
The New York City slip and fall injury attorneys know how to determine the payment you’re owed. We make sure our clients get the respect, care and compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
How a Slip & Fall Lawyer Can Help
When you work with Kaplan Lawyers PC, you’ll be able to hand off the process of filing a claim to our team, so you can prioritize your health and recovery. We file all the necessary paperwork, correspond with insurance companies and attorneys, build your case and fight for the payment you deserve. We also consult expert witnesses, prepare presentations to strengthen your claim and look for every advantage in settlement negotiations and, if needed, trial proceedings.
Our team also knows that the day-to-day aspect of handling your case is about more than building your case. We treat our clients like they are our family. If they can’t come to one of our offices, we go to them. Our staff answers any questions our clients have, and we give them frequent updates about the progress of their claim.
We use our connections to make sure our clients get the care and help they need to rebuild their lives after a serious personal injury. If you want to learn more about the many ways our team helps our clients, we encourage you to give us a call. We offer free consultations, so you can get to know us and get a free initial case assessment.
Contact the New York slip and fall attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC by calling (516) 399-2364 or filling out our online contact form to get started with a free consultation.
Common Hazards That Lead to Slip and Fall Injuries
There are many signs that a property’s conditions lacked the proper oversight by an owner or manager. Though a slip and fall accident can occur in nearly any setting, there are a few common property conditions that seem to lead to premises liability claims. These hazards include…
- Snow/Ice on walkway
- Spills and wet floors
- Debris left in a walkway
- Uneven stairs and floors
- Worn steps
- Poor visibility
- Lack of handrails
You might recognize some of the conditions above as the cause for your injury, or you might have experienced a slip or fall because of another hazard. Whatever the root cause of your injury, you are well within your rights to consider legal action if you believe it is a premises liability claim. Our New York City slip and fall lawyers can help you determine whether or not you have a potential claim.
Slip and Fall Injuries in New York
Often the person that falls is initially embarrassed and blames themselves, but, in the eyes of the law, a landowner is responsible to take reasonable steps to keep their property free of slipping hazards and to ensure that there are no building-code violations. It is essential that you contact our slip and fall lawyers immediately so that we can investigate your fall before the owner can repair or alter the condition that caused your fall.
Why the Big Apple is Ripe for Slips and Falls
Falls can occur anywhere. They are especially common if someone is unfamiliar with their location, which means that the high numbers of visitors to New York might be at a particular risk for a slip and fall. Visitors to our city are constantly walking to popular tourist destinations like museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Just like locals, tourists also frequent sports venues, such Madison Square Garden, Yankees Stadium, Citi Field or the Barclays Center. It can be disorienting to visit a place for the first time; and if there is a slick floor or uneven surface, it’s easy to understand why a person might slip and fall on their trip to New York City.
Slip and fall risks are present everywhere, from your local grocery store to your office’s parking lot. If you or your loved one suffers an injury from a fall, you deserve compensation if the conditions of the property don’t meet a reasonable safety standard. While there are many common causes of slip and fall accidents, most stem from a fundamental flaw of oversight by a property’s owner or supervisor.
Falling in Transportation Hubs
Tourists, locals or regular commuters to New York might also encounter dangerous conditions around subways, trains, airports or buses. Travelers might encounter hazardous conditions at notoriously dangerous stops like the 191st Street at the 1 Line, the Hoyt Schermerhorn on the A/C lines or Chamber Street at the J Line. Crowded, busy environments can lend themselves to slick and dirty floors, loose tiles or broken flooring. Think about how many people hustle through Grand Central Terminal and Pennsylvania Station every day. Or consider how many people fly out of LaGuardia Airport or the John F. Kennedy Airport.
Millions of people travel to and from New York City every single day. Is it any surprise that there will be plenty of conditions that can play host to slip and fall injuries in New York?
What Happens After a Slip and Fall?
Falls can result in major personal injuries, leading to large medical bills and extensive care.
Here are a few examples:
- Broken Bones – A broken bone is one of the most common and serious results of a fall. Falls can cause broken hips, ankles, wrists and arms. 95 percent of broken hips occur because of falls, and around 20 percent of falls leads to injuries like broken bones or head injuries.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) – Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Over 80 percent of TBI’s in people over the age of 65 are caused by falls.
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) – One-fourth of all spinal cord injuries are caused by falls. Falls are the leading cause of SCI’s in people over 65.
- Other serious injuries from falls include ligament damage, pinched nerves and pulled or torn muscles.
The injuries that can occur as a result of a fall can range from minor to catastrophic, possibly even causing death. These injuries can become progressively worse with time, so even if your injuries do not initially appear to be significant, it is vital to seek medical attention so your complaints are documented and you can begin the recovery process.
Frequently Asked Questions for Slip and Fall Cases
Do I need an attorney to handle my claim?
No. However, the insurance company employs an army of attorneys, claims specialists, and experts to win the case, so in order to get the compensation that you are entitled to you will need to hire an attorney that specializes in this type of law. Our New York slip and fall lawyers have decade of experience and a proven track record of maximizing settlements and we are in the best position to guarantee that you get everything that you are entitled to.
How long do I have to bring a claim?
The statute of limitations (or time in which a claim must be brought from the date of the accident) is 3 years for a personal injury claim. If a claim is being brought for wrongful death the claim must be brought within 2 years from the date of death. If the claim is being brought against a municipality the time to bring a claim is significantly shorter depending on who the claim is against so you should consult with an attorney immediately.
Do I have to pay any legal fees if I lose my case?
No. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee which states that if you don’t win your case we don’t get paid.
How much is my case worth?
If any attorney tells you that they know how much your case is worth before reviewing all of the documentation then they are lying or incompetent. However, our legal team has decades of experience and will maximize the value of your case.
How long will it take to settle my case?
Every case is different but our legal team utilizes the most advanced technology and aggressive legal strategy to expedite our client’s cases, generally resolving cases years faster than any other firm.
How will my medical bills get paid?
Your medical bills will be submitted to the insurance company for the land owner under the Med-Pay provision of their policy. If your bills exceed the Med-Pay coverage or if the owner did not purchase med pay coverage, your medical bills will be paid by your private health insurance. If you do not have health insurance your medical bills will be submitted as an item of special damages as part of your claim against the liable party.
What do we have to prove to win the case?
We must prove that the owner either knew of the condition that caused you to fall, should have known of the condition, or created the condition. Typically it requires significant discovery through litigation to learn the truth which is why you should contact the trip and fall attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC so that we can help you to prove your case.
Does it help if I have pictures of the location where I fell?
Yes. Very often pictures can prove to be the most significant evidence in proving the case so if you have photographs be careful to safeguard them.
Does it make a difference if someone else fell because of the same condition?
Yes. A prior incident can help to prove that the owner knew of the dangerous condition and failed to correct the problem.
Is it OK that I gave a statement at the time of the incident?
Yes. An incident report can serve as proof that the accident happened where you claim and how you claim it happened. However, we do not recommend giving any statements directly to the insurance company,
TOP 5 MISTAKES MADE AFTER A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT
- Failure to file an accident report
- Failure to obtain pictures of the location of your fall
- Refusal of medical attention
- Speaking directly with the Insurance Company
- Not hiring an experienced New York slip and fall attorney who will complete all filings to protect your rights and ensure that you will receive the compensation that you deserve
Contact Our New York Slip and Fall Lawyers
If you have been injured as a result of a fall please call the NYC slip and fall attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC so that we can ensure that you receive the medical care that you need and the compensation that you are entitled to. The consultation is free and we do not charge a legal fee unless we win your case.