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Steven Schwartzapfel®, One of the Best Attorneys in NY Explains What To Do When Hurt: Video

Slips and falls are inevitable; we all experience these accidents from time to time. However, some slips and falls can be especially dangerous and may lead to serious injuries, ranging from broken bones to traumatic brain injury (TBI). In severe cases, they can even result in death. Regardless of the injuries sustained in these incidents, at-fault parties may be sued for damages to compensate victims for medical bills and other costs.

That’s why you should contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers if you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident. As licensed New York City and fall lawyers, we’re well-equipped and ready to assist with your upcoming lawsuit or arbitration case. You can contact us today for a free case evaluation at 1-800-966-4999.

 

Slip and Fall vs. Trip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are legally distinct from trip and fall accidents. A slip and fall accident occurs when someone slips and falls backward, potentially injuring themselves. A trip and fall accident involves someone tripping and falling forward.

This legal distinction exists because the common injuries are different in both types of accidents. For example, someone is more likely to try to catch themselves with their hands when tripping, potentially injuring their hands and/or wrists in the process. In contrast, someone is more likely to sustain back and/or head damage from a slip and fall accident.

In either case, victims may choose to pursue compensation from an at-fault party. With the assistance of knowledgeable slip and fall lawyers, damages may be recovered for medical bills, loss of income, and other accident-related expenses.

 

Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall accidents and injuries are caused due to a variety of factors, many of them environmental. Some slip and fall accidents are truly accidental. For example, if a person slips on ice on a public New York sidewalk, no one is at fault for the incident. The slippery ground is just the fault of the weather.

However, some slip and fall injuries are directly due to the negligence of another party. Negligence is a legal concept that means another person or organization had a duty to your safety but ignored that duty intentionally or recklessly.

Here are some examples of negligent activities that commonly lead to slip and fall injuries:

  • A store owner orders an employee to mop the floor but does not provide them with a “Wet Floor” warning sign to be staged in the danger zone. A store patron then slips on the wet floor and is injured due to the property owner’s negligence and these hazardous conditions.
  • An apartment landlord must keep the walkways to an apartment building clean and free of ice. After a snowstorm, the landlord does not clean up the ice, and a tenant attempts to enter the apartment. They slip and fall on the ice and sustain a broken bone due to the landlord’s negligence coupled with these dangerous conditions.

In either of these cases and more, someone was directly responsible for the injuries sustained by the victims. If you or a loved one experienced slip and fall injuries due to faulty carpeting, loose handrails or railings, icy parking lots, and more, you can contact New York slip and fall lawyers and personal injury lawyers like Schwartzapfel Lawyers to go over your legal options. 

For a free consultation, call us at 1-800-966-4999 and speak with one of our world-class lawyers now!

 

Common Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall injuries can range from minor to severe depending on the circumstances and how exactly the victim fell. As distinct from trip and fall injuries, slip and fall injuries are often concentrated around the head, back, and waist since the person here has fallen backward.

Common slip and fall injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprains, strains, and ligament tears
  • Severe bruising, externally or internally
  • External lacerations and/or internal bleeding
  • Dislocations (e.g. hips, legs, arms)
  • Herniations (e.g. cervical, thoracic, and/or lumbar discs)
  • Concussions and/or other traumatic brain injuries (TBI)

These injuries can incur very high medical bills, which can be difficult or impossible for victims to pay. In such cases, lawsuits or arbitration are sometimes the only possible avenues for victims to remain financially stable. For a free consultation, dial 1-800-966-4999 and allow Schwartzapfel Lawyers the honor and privilege of fighting – and winning – for you!

 

How New York Slip and Fall Lawyers Can Help

Well-trained New York slip and fall attorneys such as Schwartzapfel Lawyers can provide your case with several major benefits, whether it goes to arbitration or court. 

 

Assess Damages and Provide Legal Advice

Firstly, New York slip and fall lawyers can assess your potential damages and give you sound legal advice. 

For example, they can tell you:

  • How much you may receive from a full lawsuit in terms of damages
  • Whether a lawsuit is a wise idea given the evidence surrounding your case and the possibility of pure comparative negligence
  • Whether an at-fault party is likely to go to arbitration or their insurance company is likely to settle early
  • And more!

This knowledge can help you make the right decision for you and your family after a slip and fall accident. Personally, legally, and financially, you will be at an advantage when skillfully represented.

 

Gather Evidence

Should you decide to file a lawsuit, New York slip and fall lawyers can gather evidence on your behalf. Certain evidence, such as camera footage or eyewitness accounts, can prove invaluable if your case goes to court and you must prove negligence on behalf of another party, such as a store owner or apartment landlord.

In the meantime, you can focus on resting and recovering from your injuries. You don’t have to do all this legwork and worry about gathering the right evidence necessary to prove your case. As experienced legal professionals in this field, Schwartzapfel Lawyers know exactly what evidence to gather to strengthen your case.

Call us today at 1-800-966-4999 to learn more, either generally or about the specifics of your case. Your consultation will be free and the advice offered to you invaluable in protecting your financial future. But you shouldn’t wait, as the window to file your claim may soon close forever. Instead, act now and contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers today!

 

Negotiate With Insurers

Many slip and fall lawsuits end in settlements with insurance companies. However, it can be difficult to reach this speedy and preferable outcome without legal assistance.

Many insurers will fight tooth and nail to avoid paying money, even to legitimate victims. Law firms such as Schwartzapfel Lawyers can negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company on your behalf.

Once again, you can rest and recover while we take care of the heavy lifting for your case and make sure that your lawsuit is resolved as quickly as possible. Our efforts are enough to convince insurers to settle out of court rather than push towards a full lawsuit in many cases. 

 

Fight for You in Court

Perhaps most importantly, Schwartzapfel Lawyers will fight for you tirelessly in court. We know that you need damages to pay for your medical expenses and other costs. We treat each new client as a family member and don’t rest until they’re satisfied.

On top of that, we don’t charge our clients a penny unless we secure damages for their cases. That way, you won’t need to worry about paying for legal help while also paying for medical bills.

Given all these benefits, the message is clear: you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by contacting Schwartzapfel Lawyers for a free case evaluation right away. Contact us today at 1-800-966-4999!

 

Potential Compensation for Slip and Fall Lawsuits

New York slip and fall lawsuits often yield significant compensation for victims. Victims can recover damages for:

  • The past and future medical expenses associated with their slip and fall injuries
  • Lost income, if they have to take time off work to recover
  • Pain-and-suffering, if the lawsuit results in noneconomic damages
  • Loss of ability, if the injuries are severe enough to reduce the victim’s quality of life or physical abilities
  • And more!

Schwartzapfel Lawyers has a long history of fighting for our victims tirelessly – and successfully. As our testimonials page indicates, over the years we’ve recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Compensation for slip and fall claims can range from hundreds of dollars up to millions of dollars, depending on the circumstances of your personal injury case.

However, keep in mind that courts often follow “pure comparative negligence” rules. In such lawsuits, both the victim and the at-fault property owner could be assigned a proportion of the blame for any personal injury claims or property damage.

To ensure that you receive as much compensation as possible, you should hire knowledgeable New York slip and fall lawyers right away. Dial 1-800-966-4999 and allow Schwartzapfel Lawyers the honor and privilege of fighting for you!

 

Contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers Today

You shouldn’t have to rely on yourself to get through a personal injury or slip and fall case alone. With Schwartzapfel Lawyers fighting for you, you’ll have a much better chance of recovering the damages accident victims need to pay for your medical treatment, recover from time away from work, and much more.

When our legal team commits to a client, we never let them down. If you or a loved one is a slip and fall victim, contact our personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation and case evaluation at 1-800-966-4999. Alternatively, please visit our website or contact our accident lawyers online.

And remember: You should not delay. In order to protect your future, you must act now. You can do that by making one simple call. Move forward on your journey to recovery by contacting Schwartzapfel Lawyers today!

Sources:

Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. | Fighting For You

Negligence | Wex | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute

Slip and Fall Accidents Overview | FindLaw

Duty of Care/Intent or Negligence | Judicial Education Center

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