Our Smithtown Slip and Fall Lawyer Helps Win Compensation
Slip and fall accidents can cause severe injuries like broken bones, brain and spinal cord injuries, and even death. Survivors may end up suffering, in pain, needing continuing care, and unable to work at a time when bills keep mounting. Our Smithtown slip and fall lawyer understands how, in a brief moment, one fall can change your life.
If you’ve fallen and were hurt on someone’s property because it is in poor condition due to negligence, you may have cause to file a Smithtown slip & fall claim. This is because property owners and managers have a duty to maintain their property in a safe condition and to fix any hazards that they know or should know exist. If they fail to do so, and you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died from a fall on someone else’s property due to another party’s negligence or fault, you may be able to get compensation through insurance or a lawsuit against that individual or entity.
New York property liability laws are complicated, and property owners and their insurance companies have high-powered lawyers on their side trying to put the blame for the accident on you so they can deny claims or get you to settle for the lowest amount possible. Fortunately, there is help available from a Smithtown slip and fall lawyer at Kaplan Lawyers PC. Each case is different, but our legal team knows how to identify where negligence exists and how to fight for the full settlement you deserve.
We provide a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case and determine the best way to proceed. There are no fees to you until and unless we win your case, so call us today at (516) 399-2364 to get started.
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Our Smithtown Slip and Fall Attorney Knows How to Help
Why Choose Us?
Slip and fall cases are tricky, and it’s important for you to choose a lawyer you not only feel comfortable with but one who has the experience necessary to deal with complicated injury situations. 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. Here are some reasons why we think you should choose us to represent you:
- We have more than 30 years of experience, and our reputation is built on achieving exceptional results while providing the best service possible.
- We get results, such as the $1.35 million we won in a car accident settlement.
- We have helped many satisfied clients. You can read our client testimonials to prove it, such as the one from Robin, who was hurt in a slip and fall on ice due to a leaking gutter that the owner knew about but didn’t want to pay to fix.
- We help you find medical care for your injuries and document everything.
- We handle all required legal paperwork and court appearances.
- We deal and negotiate with insurance companies for a fair settlement.
- We are recognized by and give back to the community and have won awards including the AVVO Rating for Excellence in Personal Injury and the Top 100 Settlements for personal injury from Topverdict.com.
- We offer free initial consultations to get you started.
- You pay us nothing unless we win and you get your money.
How We Work for You
When you hire Kaplan Lawyers to handle your slip and fall injury case, we start working for you immediately. We will:
- Meet with you to hear how your accident happened and who the at-fault parties may be and determine if you have a valid case and what it may be worth
- Investigate the accident and gather evidence such as from photos, videos, police and medical reports, and interviews with witnesses and first responders
- Take care of all legal requirements in a timely manner, including filing all paperwork, making court appearances, and handling appeals
- Consult experts to reconstruct the accident and testify as to fault and experts to testify as to how your injuries negatively impact your life and ability to work
- Negotiate with insurance companies and their lawyers for maximum compensation
- Build your case and take it to court if necessary to obtain a fair settlement.
Our Smithtown slip and fall lawyers will do everything necessary to identify the dangerous property conditions that caused your accident and hold responsible parties accountable. We take care of all details and legal hurdles so you can focus on your recovery.
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Compensation Our Slip and Fall Lawyers in Smithtown May Win
When pursuing a slip and fall injury premises liability claim, your attorney isn’t usually dealing directly with the property owner, but rather with their insurance company. Insurance companies do not want to pay out money. When you have Kaplan Lawyers on your side, our slip and fall lawyer in Smithtown will fight to ensure your settlement covers both your economic and noneconomic losses and expenses, as follows:
Economic damages – for financial costs and losses that can be quantified monetarily, such as:
- Medical and rehabilitation bills, current and future
- Lost income from being unable to work
- Property damaged in the fall.
Noneconomic damages – for damages that do not have a specific dollar value but negatively impact your life, such as:
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium and quality and enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement or permanent loss of limb.
Punitive damages – In some rare cases, where a defendant acted extremely egregiously and recklessly, you may also be awarded punitive damages. These are intended to punish the defendant and to deter such actions in the future.
If the accident happened while at work, you typically can file for workers’ compensation benefits or explore legal claims against at-fault businesses or individuals. Our slip and fall injury lawyers in Smithtown will help you determine what benefits you are entitled to and take care of all processes necessary to ensure you receive them.
Smithtown Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys Answer FAQs
After a traumatic slip and fall accident, you are bound to have questions and concerns. It’s best to have our Smithtown slip and fall accident lawyers answer your questions at your free consultation, but here are a few answers to questions our clients often ask to get you started:
Are there time limits for filing a case for a slip and fall?
Yes. In New York, you generally have three years from the date of the incident to file a claim. If you let this statute of limitations run out, the courts are likely to refuse to hear your case, so contact our Smithtown slip and fall lawyers to get started as soon as possible.
What damage amounts will I receive in a settlement?
Damage award amounts can vary widely in a slip and fall accident case, from the thousands to the millions, depending on the factors involved in your individual situation. Taken into consideration will be your actual costs and monetary losses and the severity of your injuries and whether they will be permanent and require continuing care. For example, a traumatic brain injury that left you permanently paralyzed is worth more than a broken bone that will heal.
New York does not have a damage cap for personal injury cases. The more permanent and severe the injury and the greater the impact on your life and your future earning ability, the higher the recovery may be. The individual judge and jury is a factor, as are the skill and negotiating ability of your lawyer. Our Smithtown slip and fall attorneys will consider all factors to evaluate what your case may be worth and fight for maximum compensation.
Should I speak to the insurance company?
No. Insurance companies are not your friend and want to deny claims made by plaintiffs or settle for as little as possible. Often, in clear-cut negligence cases, the insurance company will offer a fast settlement for less than the case is worth or try to get you to say something that indicates you were at fault for the fall. If you settle too fast, your medical care will come out of your own pocket. Tell the insurance company to speak to your attorney and let our slip and fall lawyer in Smithtown handle negotiations to cover all damages from your slip and fall injury.
How long will it take to settle my slip and fall case?
The time it takes to settle depends on factors such as the extent of your injuries and whether a settlement can be negotiated or the case has to go to trial. Some injuries take time to manifest, and you should complete your medical treatment before settling, to ensure all costs and time missed at work are covered. A negotiated settlement may be concluded in a matter of months, but a trial may drag on for years.
What does it cost to hire a Smithtown Slip and Fall Accident Attorney?
It doesn’t cost anything up front to hire our Kaplan Lawyers slip and fall accident attorneys. The initial consultation is free, and legal fees are taken out of the settlement we win. If we don’t win, you pay nothing.
Slip and Fall Attorneys in Smithtown Must Prove Negligence
To win your case, our Smithtown slip and fall lawyer must be able to prove that another party, the defendant in the case, was negligent and at fault for causing your accident. Whether the accident occurred on public or private property, establishing negligence legally means showing the following factors:
- 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, including the property owner’s protocol for inspecting the general area and whether the hazard could have been fixed or otherwise remedied before the accident.
At the same time, the defendant’s insurance company may claim that you did something that made you at fault for your accident. Our attorneys would combat these allegations and construct a case for reasonable negligence through our investigations and by producing evidence such as documented records or by proving that no safety records or best practices exist. The quicker you contact our slip and fall attorney in Smithtown, the better chance we’ll have to gather evidence to help solidify your claim for damages and medical care.
Get Help from Our Slip and Fall Attorney in Smithtown
When you need a knowledgeable legal representative in Smithtown, reach out to Kaplan Lawyers, PC. Our accomplished legal team has the specialized knowledge and experience to recover the compensation that our clients deserve after a slip and fall injury. You can rely on our experience and feel secure knowing that we will advocate for you aggressively and get you the best settlement possible.
We believe that all victims deserve justice. We know that your life can change in an instant and want fight to recover all the compensation you deserve after a slip and fall. Let us handle the details and legal hurdles of an injury claim so you can focus on your recovery.
We don’t get paid unless you do, too. We also know that working with you is about more than building your case. We treat our clients like they are family. If you can’t come to one of our offices, we will come to you. We’re always happy to answer any questions you have and will give you frequent updates about the progress of your slip and fall claim. Call us today for a free, no-obligation, initial case assessment.
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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 ]