Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents
When you visit someone else’s property, you expect a reasonable degree of safety. The premises should be well-maintained and free of any serious hazards or dangerous conditions that could cause foreseeable injury. Unfortunately, property owners do not always uphold the duty of care they owe to visitors, and innocent people can be seriously hurt.
If you slipped, tripped, and/or fell due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, you could have grounds for a premises liability claim. We encourage you to reach out to our New York slip and fall lawyers at Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP to learn more during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and provide the personalized legal guidance you need to feel confident moving forward with your claim.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents?
Most slip and fall accidents are preventable. These incidents frequently occur as a result of unsafe, defective, or hazardous conditions that property owners fail to adequately repair, remove, or warn others about.
Some examples of dangerous property conditions that may lead to a slip and fall accident include:
- Wet floors
- Slippery or recently mopped floors
- Uneven flooring
- Torn or ripped carpeting or rugs
- Lack of warning signs
- Improper signage
- Tripping hazards, such as potholes
- Cluttered walkways
- Accumulated ice or snow
- Poor lighting
- Defective sidewalks
In New York, property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their homes, businesses, and other properties for invited guests and the public. When they fail to take reasonable measures to prevent others from being injured, they could be liable for slip and fall accident victims’ damages.
Damages in Slip & Fall Accident Cases
Contrary to common misconception, slip and fall accidents can be extremely serious. In fact, falls are among the leading causes of catastrophic injury in the United States, including life-altering brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Even in less-serious slip and fall accidents, victims may sustain serious bone fractures, head injuries, soft tissue injuries, lacerations, and internal bleeding.
Often, those injured in slip, trip, and fall accidents require extensive, ongoing medical care. They may be hospitalized and could be prevented from returning to work for extended periods of time due to their injuries. In short, the costs associated with a slip and fall accident can add up quickly, placing individuals and families under serious financial strain.
The purpose of filing a slip and fall accident claim is to recover fair compensation for your damages. The term “damages” refers to your economic and non-economic losses related to the incident and/or your injuries.
Some common damages in slip and fall cases include:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Past, current, and future lost wages/income
- Past, current, and future pain and suffering
- Lost or reduced earning capacity
- Loss of future expected earnings and benefits
- Emotional distress and disfigurement
- In-home assistance and care costs
- Travel expenses to and from medical appointments
- Prescription medication costs
At Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP, our New York slip and fall attorneys fight to maximize your recovery. Our goal is to secure a fair settlement that covers all of the financial and intangible losses associated with your accident. If necessary, we are fully prepared to represent you and your case in the courtroom. Insurance companies know that we try cases, and this often makes them more likely to settle claims rather than having to proceed to trial.
In any case, you can count on our team to fight tirelessly for you. We believe in developing real, meaningful relationships with our clients and have built a reputation for going above and beyond for the people we serve.
Holding Negligent Property Owners Accountable
To have a successful slip and fall claim, there are several things you must prove. Specifically, you must prove that the property owner or manager was legally responsible for the incident that led to your injuries.
Our attorneys can help establish the facts of your case, including but not limited to:
- You were lawfully on the property when the slip and fall accident occurred
- The slip and fall accident was the result of a dangerous property condition
- The owner of the property knew about (or should have known about) the dangerous condition
- The property owner failed to take reasonable and necessary measures to remove or repair the dangerous condition or warn others of its presence
- You were injured and suffered measurable, compensable damages due to the slip and fall accident
- The property owner’s failure to remove, repair, or warn of the dangerous condition was the direct or proximate cause of your injuries
Note that if you are found to be partly at fault for the accident, you can still file a personal injury claim and seek compensation for your damages. However, the amount you can recover will be reduced by your percentage of fault. So, for example, if you are seeking $10,000 in damages, but the insurance adjuster and/or court finds you 25 percent at fault, you would only be able to recover 75 percent of the amount you are seeking in damages, or $7,500.
Request a Free Consultation with Our Slip, Trip & Fall Lawyers
Getting back on your feet after a serious accident or injury can be challenging, but with Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, LLP by your side, you can feel confident knowing that an experienced legal team has your back. To date, our attorneys have secured more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients, including many million- and multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts.
We offer free initial consultations and contingency fees, meaning you do not owe anything unless we “win” your case. If we do not recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf, you do not pay.
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