Slip and fall or trip and fall incidents are an all too common phenomenon in New York. Their results can be catastrophic.. These accidents can be caused by any number of preventable reasons, including sidewalks that are broken, cracked, or otherwise uneven, snow or ice, poor lighting, cracked or damaged steps or potholes. These types of incidents are often the responsibility of the property owner or municipality that failed to fix the dangerous or defective condition.
WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS AFTER A SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENT?
Depending on the circumstances leading up to your fall, you may be able to file a claim against the responsible party. If you fell on private property, the responsible party may be anyone from a landlord, property owner, or general contractor.
If you fell on government-owned property in the state of New York, you can pursue damage claims against the responsible municipal party, which may be a city, town, county or even the state. You must be aware that if a municipality is at fault, your case is governed by strict filing requirements that make suing a municipal more difficult than suing a private citizen, business or corporation. The statute of limitations is usually shorter and prior written notice of the specific condition is generally required.
WHAT KIND OF DAMAGES MAY I BE ELIGIBLE TO RECOVER?
While laws pertaining to slip or trip and fall injuries do vary by state, some areas of damage you may be eligible to recover typically include:
- Past and future pain and suffering;
- Past and future medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Lost income;
- Loss of annuity;
- Loss of pension;
- Loss of Social Security income;
- Loss of health care benefits;
- Loss in the value of household services;
- Loss of consortium – spousal relationships that have been negatively impacted by the injury.
WHO CAN HELP ME?
Schwartzapfel Lawyers has handled thousands of cases in the New York area and has a thorough understanding of the law, rules and regulations governing slip or trip and fall accidents. We have the resources to investigate the circumstances of your accident, hire experts, engineers, accident reconstructionists, photographers and other experts to win your case and get you the money you deserve. The sooner you call us, the better. It increases our chances of obtaining statements from the parties at fault before they speak with their insurance company or their lawyer. In addition, the sooner we can investigate the accident, locate witnesses, take photographs and begin to work up your case the better. Often the defendant quickly fixes the problem after you have been injured and before a photo was taken. Protect yourself and call now.
At Schwartzapfel Lawyers several of our attorneys come to us from the insurance industry and the city. As such, we are familiar with the defendant’s strategy, tactics and techniques, and we know how best to combat them. Our experience and background puts us in the best position to maximize your likelihood of success and recovery.
If you have been involved in a slip/trip and fall accident and sustained serious injuries, call us. We have helped thousands of clients, involving all types of legal matters, get the money they deserve. The New York personal injury lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. can help. Call us today at 516.806.6349 or contact us online.