Moving about in New York’s crowded city walkways and streets can be an exhilarating experience, but one wrong step could land you in the hospital. Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents can be caused by many conditions. In New York City, slip or trip and fall accidents can happen as a result of:
- Snow and ice
- Poor lighting
- Broken, cracked, raised, uneven, or unleveled sidewalks, streets, or parking lots
- Defective stairs and steps
These accidents can be extremely dangerous, resulting in severe injuries and even death. If you have been the victim of a slip or trip and fall accident, it’s important to talk to an experienced New York slip or trip and fall attorney as soon as possible. In some cases, your right to make a claim may be as short as 90 days. The New York slip and fall attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. can help you sort through the details of your legal claim.
What Are Your Rights After A Slip And Fall Accident?
Property owners and managers are required by law to ensure that their property is free from undue danger. If a condition exists on their property that they know – or should know – might cause injury, they have a duty to fix the condition. If they do not, and an accident occurs, they could be held liable for the consequences.
If your slip or trip and fall accident occurs because of a negligent, dangerous, or hazardous condition, you may be able to pursue a claim to recover money damages for your injuries against any of the following, depending on the circumstances:
- Property owners
- Managing agents
- General contractors
- Any other person or entity that caused or created the condition or allowed the condition to remain without repairing or fixing the problem
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.
Please not that, 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 Types of Damages Can Be Claimed?
The law governing what damages can be recovered in a slip and fall or trip and fall case vary by state. In New York, you may 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 healthcare benefits
- Loss in the value of household services
- Medical benefits
- Loss of consortium – such as spousal relationships that have been negatively impacted by the injury
Why Do I Need To Talk To An Attorney Right Away?
Any delay in starting an investigation into a slip and fall or trip and fall injury can cause evidence loss, which may compromise your ability to recover damages.
A prompt investigation increases the 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.
The New York personal injury attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. have a thorough understanding of the laws, rules, and regulations governing slip and fall accidents. We have a talented team of professionals skilled at investigating the circumstances of your accident, including:
- Structural experts
- Accident reconstructionists
- Other experts to win your case and get you the money you deserve
Who Can I Trust To Handle My Case?
At Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., several of our attorneys have worked in the insurance industry and for the city. Why does that matter? It matters because we are intimately familiar with these defendants’ strategies, tactics, and techniques, which puts us in the best possible position to fight them. Our experience and background makes us the ideal choice to maximize your likelihood of success and recovery.
If you have been involved in a slip or trip and fall accident and sustained serious injuries, call us. We have helped thousands of clients get the money they deserve, and we will do everything we can to do the same for you. The New York personal injury lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. can help. Contact us today at 1-877-737-4806 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!