Hello, I’m Steven Schwartzapfel. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a slip and fall accident, we can help. Please call us at (516) 342-2200
Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents can be caused by many circumstances. In New York City, accidents can happen as a result of snow, ice, poor lighting, potholes, broken, cracked, raised, uneven, unleveled sidewalks, stairs, steps, streets and parking lots. These falls can be extremely dangerous, resulting in severe injuries and even death.
Many clients want to know, “What are my rights after a slip and fall accident?”
If your accident occurs because of a negligent, dangerous or hazardous condition, you may be able to pursue a claim against the property owner, landlord, managing agent, general contractor or which ever person or entity caused or created the condition or allowed to remain without repairing or fixing the problem to recover money damages for your injuries.
You may also pursue a claim for damages against a state, county, city or other public entity if your accident occurs on government-owned property in New York, such as a sidewalk or subway station. There are specific laws, rules and regulations involved when suing a municipality that makes it 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..
Even if you believe that your actions partially contributed to your accident, it may be possible to receive money for the damages you suffered.
What recovery can I expect?
The law governing what damages can be recovered in a slip and fall or trip and fall case vary by state. In general, one can attempt to recover damages from the party responsible for your accident for the following:
- Pain and suffering;
- 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;
- Medical benefits;
- Loss of consortium – spousal relationships that have been negatively impacted by the injury.
Who can help me?
Schwartzapfel Partners has handled 1,000’s of cases in the New York area and has a thorough understanding of the law, rules and regulations governing slip 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 Partners 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) 342-2200 or contact us online.