Slip & Fall

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Slip and fall or trip and fall incidents are an all-too-common phenomenon in New York, and their results can be catastrophic. No one thinks about walking to work in the morning and ending up with a traumatic brain injury from tripping over some cracked concrete, but it happens everyday. Depending on the location of your fall and the injuries you receive, a slip and fall claim could become quite complex.

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WHAT IS A SLIP, TRIP, AND FALL ACCIDENT?

Slip, trip, and fall accidents can be caused by any number of factors, many of which are highly preventable.

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These can include:

  • Broken sidewalks
  • Snow or ice
  • Puddles of fluid on the ground
  • Poor lighting
  • Loose mats or rugs
  • Cracked or damaged steps or potholes

Essentially, any type of uneven or slippery walking surface can spell trouble for pedestrians, whether on the streets, at work, or in restaurants and retail establishments. 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?

Property owners have a duty to ensure that their properties are free from dangerous conditions that might cause injury. Failure to fulfill this duty can lead to liability in personal injury cases. 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, such as a home or business establishment, the responsible party may include:

  • Landlord
  • Property owner
  • Insurance company
  • Business owner
  • Employer
  • 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.

It’s important to note that if you are injured on government property or a municipality may otherwise be implicated, your case is governed by strict filing requirements that make suing a municipality 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.

Regardless of who you think may be responsible for your injuries, time is of critical importance. That is why it is imperative to speak with a reputable New York personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury. Any delay may reduce or eliminate any chance of recovery.

WHAT KIND OF DAMAGES MAY I BE ELIGIBLE TO RECOVER?

Property owners have a duty to ensure that their properties are free from dangerous conditions that might cause injury. Failure to fulfill this duty can lead to liability in personal injury cases. 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, such as a home or business establishment, the responsible party may include:

  • Property owner
  • Past and future medical expenses
  • 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
  • Loss of consortium – such as spousal relationships that have been negatively impacted by the injury

Because New York is a pure comparative negligence state, if you did something that contributed to your injury, it is possible that any compensation you get may be reduced based on the part you played in the injury.

WHY DO I NEED TO TALK TO AN ATTORNEY ASAP?

The sooner you talk to an experienced New York slip, trip, and fall personal injury attorney, the better. It increases the chances of obtaining statements from the responsible parties before they speak with their insurance company or their lawyer. A quick response will ensure that the accident can be thoroughly investigated, witnesses can be located, and photographs can be taken. Often, those at fault try to quickly fix the problem after you have been injured and before a photo was taken. Protect yourself and call now.

If you've been injured due to a slip or a fall, Schwartzapfel Lawyers can help.

LOCATIONS

NEW YORK LAW FIRM – OFFICE LOCATIONS

At Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. we fight hard to get you the outcome you deserve. To better serve you, we have five office locations in the New York area. If you have any questions, please give us a call today or select any of the location options below to learn more.

New York Office

31 East 32nd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016

(347) 751-6890 OFFICE DETAILS

Garden City Office

600 Old Country Road #450, Garden City, NY 11530

(516) 341-1941 OFFICE DETAILS

Bronx Office

888 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

(718) 530-0213 OFFICE DETAILS

White Plains Office

81 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601

(914) 348-1105 OFFICE DETAILS

Deer Park Office

2051 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, NY 11729

(631) 323-6867 OFFICE DETAILS

Manhattan Office

535 Eighth Avenue Suite 1401
New York, NY 10018

(516) 341-2051 OFFICE DETAILS

Midtown Office

845 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

(516) 219-8763 OFFICE DETAILS

West Side Office

230 W 79th Street #123 N, New York, NY 10024

(516) 219-8104 OFFICE DETAILS

WHO CAN HELP ME?

The experienced New York personal injury attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. have handled thousands of cases in the New York area and have a thorough understanding of the laws, rules, and regulations governing slip or trip and fall accidents. We have the resources required to investigate the circumstances of your accident.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. Many 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. 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.

Contact us today at 877-737-4806 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!

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Everything was exactly what they told me. Even pretty much down to the time it would be settled. I would recommend Schwartzapfel to everybody.

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I feel they handled the insurance in the most amazing possible way they could.

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SLIP, TRIP & FALL FAQS

New York personal injury law provides for specific types of damages for slip, trip, and fall accidents. These damages can include compensation for:

  • 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 healthcare benefits
  • Loss in the value of household services
  • Loss of consortium – such as spousal relationships that have been negatively impacted by the injury

Because New York is a pure comparative negligence state, if you did something that contributed to your injury, it is possible that any compensation you get may be reduced based on the part you played in the injury.

The sooner you talk to an experienced New York slip, trip, and fall personal injury attorney, the better. It increases the chances of obtaining statements from the responsible parties before they speak with their insurance company or their lawyer. A quick response will ensure that the accident can be thoroughly investigated, witnesses can be located, and photographs can be taken. Often, those at fault try to quickly fix the problem after you have been injured and before a photo was taken. Protect yourself and call now.

Property owners have a duty to ensure that their properties are free from dangerous conditions that might cause injury. Failure to fulfill this duty can lead to liability in personal injury cases. 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, such as a home or business establishment, the responsible party may include:

  • Landlord
  • Property owner
  • Insurance company
  • Business owner
  • Employer
  • 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.

It’s important to note that if you are injured on government property or a municipality may otherwise be implicated, your case is governed by strict filing requirements that make suing a municipality 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.

Regardless of who you think may be responsible for your injuries, time is of critical importance. That is why it is imperative to speak with a reputable New York personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury. Any delay may reduce or eliminate any chance of recovery.

Slip, trip, and fall accidents can be caused by any number of factors, many of which are highly preventable. These can include:

  • Broken sidewalks
  • Snow or ice
  • Poor lighting
  • Cracked or damaged steps or potholes
  • Puddles of fluid on the ground
  • Loose mats or rugs

Essentially, any type of uneven or slippery walking surface can spell trouble for pedestrians, whether on the streets, at work, or in restaurants and retail establishments. These types of incidents are often the responsibility of the property owner or municipality that failed to fix the dangerous or defective condition.

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