When Negligence Led to Your Fall, Our Nassau Slip and Fall Attorney Protects Your Rights
Although slip and fall accidents are sometimes dismissed as being minor mishaps, they can cause severe injuries like breaks and sprains or concussions. Our Nassau slip and fall lawyer has experience with such cases and understands how, in a brief moment, one fall can change your life.
Imagine walking into a store to buy groceries, and suddenly your feet fly out from under you. You’ve slipped in a puddle and fallen, hitting your elbow, twisting your wrist, or hitting your head. Slip and fall accidents hurt – and they can cause a lot of damage to the soft tissue in your body or even result in a concussion.
Or, maybe you’re walking up outdoor stairs and into a building when you slip on treacherous ice in the middle of a Nassau winter. If the building owner didn’t clear the walkway of ice and snow, just entering the building could be dangerous.
If you’ve fallen and are hurt because a walkway, ramp, or staircase was in poor condition due to negligence, you may have cause to file a Nassau slip and fall claim.
Each case is different, but our team is experienced in identifying what negligence is and how we can prove your claim. Call our Nassau slip and fall attorney today at (516) 399-2364 for a free consultation about your case.
Why Choose Kaplan Lawyers, PC
Trying to handle a slip and fall claim on your own means that you will have to deal with an insurance company that will try anything and everything to deny your claim. If that doesn’t work, the insurance company will offer the least amount possible so that it doesn’t lose too much money.
Insurance companies use all sorts of tricks to deny a claim, including twisting your words and using them against you. They also might admit that their client is at fault for the accident, but will say that the absolute most they can pay is a ridiculously small amount that might not cover your medical expenses, never mind other damages you are entitled to.
A slip and fall lawyer in Nassau investigates your case, reviews your medical records and speaks to witnesses to determine the amount you deserve. The slip and fall attorneys in Nassau also work with professionals, including accident investigators and medical professionals, to determine a fair and reasonable amount that covers all of your damages, including but not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Death-related expenses in the event that a Nassau slip and fall accident caused the death of a loved one
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of consortium and/or companionship
Our Nassau slip and fall attorneys also protect your rights if you have an incident at work, including slip and fall incidents.
Elements of Negligence
To determine how much compensation you deserve, your slip and fall lawyer in Nassau must determine that the defendant was negligent. The elements of negligence are:
- The defendant had a duty of care to keep you safe while on his or her property.
- The defendant breached the duty of care.
- The defendant’s breach caused your injuries.
- The injuries caused a financial hardship (damages).
The Kaplan Lawyers, PC slip and fall lawyers in Nassau work to prove that the defendant was negligent and will help you settle or litigate your case so that you recover the compensation you deserve. The sooner you contact a Nassau slip and fall attorney at Kaplan Lawyers, PC, the sooner we can begin investigating your case. In most cases, the evidence disappears shortly after the incident, such as in the case of a broken step or broken hand railings.
Our Nassau Slip and Fall Lawyer Negotiates with Insurance Companies on Your Behalf
When pursuing a slip and fall injury claim, your attorney isn’t usually dealing directly with the property owner, but rather with their insurance company.
Often, in clear-cut negligence cases, the insurance company will offer a fast settlement. But many slip and fall accidents require ongoing medical care after the initial diagnosis. For example, if you suffer a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury because of a fall, you might need medical attention for the rest of your life.
If you settle too fast, your medical care will come out of your own pocket. Our slip and fall lawyer in Nassau will strengthen your claim to help ensure your settlement is adequate to cover additional treatment.
But, What if the Insurance Company Refuses to Settle?
If an insurance company refuses a fair and reasonable settlement, you have two options: Accept the unfair settlement or take your case to court. Our slip and fall attorneys in Nassau recommend taking your case to court, especially if you suffered injuries that might become long-term or permanent disabilities.
A fair settlement pays for all your current medical expenses, future medical expenses, current lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and more.
As we are preparing to settle your claim, we also start preparing for trial. You will need much of the same information to file a lawsuit, so we make sure we get it right the first time. Insurance companies prefer to settle, as it costs them less money. If you have to take the insurance company to trial, they not only have to pay their high-cost attorneys, but they have to pay your Nassau County slip and fall lawyer, too.
Nassau County Slip and Fall Lawyer in the Community
Check out testimonials from those we have represented in the past. While not every case is the same, and many do not even recover the same amount for similar injuries, you can see what we have recovered for similar incidents.
Additionally, we often donate to the community because we care about the community. We not only want to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve, but we also do not want others to cause accidents like yours. We support MADD, offer scholarships, and donate to several medical and veterans’ organizations.
What Should I Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
Get Medical Attention, Stay Calm, and Call a Nassau Slip and Fall Attorney
Right after you’ve fallen, especially if you’re in public, you may be tempted to get up and walk it off because you’re embarrassed. You should remain still if it hurts to move anything. You might have a strain or, worse, broken bones. Moving could cause additional damage. However, you should seek immediate medical attention and call an experienced slip and fall lawyer in Nassau for advice.
Following the proper steps right after a fall can help ensure you’re eligible for a slip and fall claim.
Do Your Best to Stay Calm
You may be hurt, and it’s okay to cry, but try to avoid yelling and blaming the first person you see. You also should avoid making comments about your fall that imply it was somehow your fault. Anything you say after a slip and fall accident can be used to disprove your case.
Get Medical Attention
Don’t be afraid to call 911, especially if you feel dizzy or if you’ve hit your head. Soft tissue injuries and strains or sprains won’t show up right away, but EMS workers are trained to diagnose those properly. Similarly, concussions won’t necessarily be obvious at first, but can later become serious head injuries.
Remember, if you don’t see a doctor, the insurance company can claim that you weren’t actually hurt, or were not hurt as badly as you actually were.
Document Your Condition and the Scene of the Slip and Fall Accident
Have a store manager or person in charge fill out an accident report describing the conditions where you fell. They’ll also take note of the employees who were working at the time. Plus, having the contact information for the business may help our Nassau slip and fall lawyer obtain video surveillance tapes. Try to collect contact information for anyone who witnessed your fall. Our attorney can reach out to them to substantiate your claim.
If possible, take photos of the condition that made you fall, whether it was a wet spot on the floor, debris in an aisle, broken steps, a torn carpet, or even broken or unsteady hand railings.
Contact a Reliable Slip and Fall Lawyer in Nassau
The quicker you contact our slip and fall attorney in Nassau, the better chance we’ll have to gather evidence to help solidify your claim for damages and medical care. You can reach our team at (516) 399-2364.
Am I at Fault for a Slip and Fall?
To establish negligence on the part of the New York property owner for public or private property, and therefore substantiate liability for your accident and subsequent injuries, your Nassau slip and fall lawyer will have to prove three things:
- The property owner caused the dangerous conditions that led to your fall.
- They knew about hazardous conditions and opted not to fix them.
- They should have known about the dangerous conditions because a reasonable person would have noticed and fixed them.
A few other factors determine slip and fall liability. How long the location was potentially dangerous is one. For instance, it can be hard for a property owner to shovel and de-ice walkways and stairs in the middle of a snowstorm.
Other factors include the property owner’s protocol for inspecting the general area and how the hazard could have been fixed or otherwise remedied before the accident.
However, there are a few factors that the other party’s insurance company may claim made you at fault for your spill:
- You wore flimsy footwear or unsupportive shoes.
- You were in a hurry.
- You were distracted, using your phone, or not paying attention.
- You ignored posted signage warning of hazardous conditions.
When these situations apply, you may have a harder time proving your claim.
How Our Slip and Fall Attorneys in Nassau Can Help You
Working with a Skilled Attorney Can Increase Your Compensation
Our seasoned slip and fall lawyer in Nassau will be able to construct a case for reasonable negligence. One reason that slip and fall cases are so tricky is that proving the “reasonable” part of a reasonable negligence claim can be subjective.
However, these claims can be proven through documented records or by proving that no safety records or best practices exist. Most of the proof in reasonable negligence cases comes down to showing what a reasonable person in the property owner’s position would do, which can come down to industry standards, OSHA practices, and plain common sense.
When you work with Kaplan Lawyers, you can rely on our experience and feel secure knowing that we will advocate for you aggressively. We take on insurers to get you the best settlement possible. If your case needs to go to court, our skilled litigators are ready to fight for you.
Talk to our slip and fall attorney in Nassau about your case. We stand ready to advocate for you and get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (516) 399-2364.
FAQs about Nassau Slip and Fall Accidents
Common Questions our Nassau Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers Hear from Clients
When you’re hurt after taking a fall, you could have a legal claim if your fall was caused by someone’s negligence. You may wonder how a legal case works after a slip and fall accident in Nassau. If you suffered severe injuries, you may wonder where to turn, be concerned about medical bills, be worried about lost wages, and wonder how you can get the most compensation possible. Our Nassau slip and fall accident lawyers are here to answer any questions you may have after a nasty fall. Here are a few we regularly hear.
What is the statute of limitations for a slip and fall?
How much is my Nassau slip and fall accident settlement worth?
How much will a slip and fall lawyer in Nassau cost?
How long will it take to settle my slip and fall case?
Don’t see an answer to your question? We are happy to help. Reach out to our slip and fall accident attorney in Nassau to talk about your case. We welcome you to reach out to us with any other questions you may have.
Why Choose Our Experienced Slip and Fall Attorneys in Nassau
Depend on the Experience of Kaplan Lawyers
When you need a knowledgeable legal representative in Nassau, reach out to Kaplan Lawyers. Our accomplished legal team has the specialized knowledge and experience to recover the compensation that our clients deserve after a slip and fall injury.
Remember: We don’t get paid unless you do, too.
We believe that all victims deserve justice, and we will fight tirelessly to secure the financial compensation that you are owed after your fall. We know that your life can change in an instant. We want to help you get your life back. While you heal, let us handle the details of an injury claim. We will fight to get you all the compensation you deserve after a slip and fall at a Nassau property.
For a free consultation, contact our Nassau slip and fall injury lawyers at (516) 399-2364.
Attorney Jared S. Kaplan
Attorney Jared S. Kaplan has focused his career on advancing his legal knowledge though the day to day practice of law. Jared is a partner in the law firm of Kaplan Lawyers PC in Syosset, New York and has been a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years. His career started in litigation, so Jared is aware of the pitfalls in litigation and uses that knowledge in the representation of his clients in complex matters. [ Attorney Bio ]