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Top Slip and Fall Lawyers in New York – Video

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is a personal injury law firm that provides help for those who have been in a slip and fall accident. With more than 150 years of combined experience, we’ve built a reputation for success with our clients, judges, lawyers and the insurance companies.

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My name is Steve Schwartzapfel. I represent people that have been injured when somebody else broke the rules. I seek to go ahead and hold on person accountable.

If you were involved in a slip trip and fall in New York, there are certain things you need to do and know, to protect your rights.

First, if you fell, make certain you take photos. Photograph the area you fell in. It’s your obligation to know what caused you to fall. You cannot bring a claim simply because you tripped on your own feet. So, people don’t normally walk and fall for no reason. Take a look to make certain, and examine, inspect, what it was that caused you to fall. If they’re witnesses there, or around, or who saw you fall, get their names and contact information. I know you’re embarrassed, you’re in a state of shock, and you’re not thinking clearly. But, it’s very important that you get the names of the Good Samaritans that came to aid to help you. Often they’re very willing to go ahead if you fell as a result of somebody’s failure to maintain their property or premises.

File a report. Give notice to the facility that you fell in. If there is a manager on duty, let them know that you fell. It’s not your obligation to fill out a report. You could tell them that you’re not up to it at this point. Get their name, because it’s not uncommon for them to deny that you fell or that the accident even happened.

However minor, go to the emergency room. Certain injuries to your neck, or your back, your knee, or your shoulder, may not get better. Often, we see these get progressively worse, and later the person needs surgery. That’s why we accept these cases early on, preferably the same day it happens, and the reason I suggest you preserve the evidence and contact attorney immediately. As I can tell you from personal experience, the defendant will go out and fix a condition that may have been there for years. But, once they see that somebody got seriously injured, they’ve got their repair people there, and they change the accident site.

We just had a case where a man suffered serious injuries, multiple surgeries. The arm rail was missing, and the plate to the step was missing. Thank god for his helper who went ahead and took photographs of the scene, because, at three p.m. that afternoon, you would never have known anything was wrong.

In New York State, the defendant, that is the person responsible for the premises of property, or their managing agent, or the owner, or landlord, has to be on notice of the condition. And it makes sense.

They had to know, or they should have known, of the condition and have reasonable time and opportunity to fix it, to remedy it. Why does that make sense? Well, if you own your home and somebody comes to your house, and you’re serving dinner, and one guest takes a plate off the table, moves it, puts it down, and some gravy fell on the floor, and another guest walks by slips, falls, breaks their leg.

Are you liable?
Are you responsible?
The answer’s, no. You didn’t know about it, you didn’t cause it, and you had no time to fix or remedy it.

In order to go ahead and recover, collect money, for a slip trip and fall, we must go ahead and prove that the owner knew, or should have known, of the condition. Or that they caused it, that they did something to make the condition worse.

For instance, the same example I gave you. If the owner, the host, the persons whose house it is, picked up that plate and they spilled it. And, assuming they had time to clean it and didn’t, and that guest slips and falls, that homeowner or landlord would be responsible. Because now, they caused it, they had a reasonable opportunity to remedy or fix the condition, clean it up, and they fail to.

Please, let me help you. Call or fill out the form on the website. Our team of attorneys is here to help you. We can make the most difficult situation easier.

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