New York City Slip And Fall Accident Lawyers
Our New York City slip and fall lawyers have helped thousands of injury victims of all kinds. Slip and fall accidents occur when someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property.
Laws governing businesses, places of employment, and residential property owners exist to protect the rights of individuals who are injured on these properties as a result of slipping or tripping. It is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain a safe, clean environment, including flooring, steps and entry ways.
Our Attorneys Help Obtain Compensation for Injuries
The lawyers of Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman can help you make sense of your accident and help you to determine who is at fault. Since time limitations apply, if you suffer a personal injury in a slip and fall accident, you should contact us as quickly as possible to learn your legal rights and options.
If a local, city, state or federal government entity is found to be liable, different laws may apply which may affect your rights. Our slip and fall accident attorneys will be able to determine if you have a case and help you recover any monetary damages to which you are entitled.
Common Accidents & Injuries
Although there are several factors that can cause someone to slip and fall, the most common causes include:
- Wet or slippery floors, which can be caused by a water leak, a spill or excess rain.
- Bad flooring conditions such as broken tile, uneven flooring panels, torn carpeting, cracked pavement or potholes.
- Poorly-lit staircases, garages or parking structures.
- Foreign objects that block or obstruct a pathway.
- Weather conditions such as icy patches caused by snow. Even though this may be out of the property owner’s control, he/she is still responsible for ensuring their walkways are safe and can be held liable if icy patches are not cleaned properly or marked with caution signs to warn people of the potential dangers.
Types of Injuries
Although it may seem unlikely for someone to seriously injure themselves in a slip and fall accident, it is more common than one would think. Slip and fall injuries can range from minor scrapes and bruises to broken or fractured bones, depending on the type of slip and fall that occurs. In more serious slip and fall accidents, for instance, individuals may hit their head on the pavement or flooring and suffer traumatic brain and head injuries.
When an individual is injured in a slip and fall accident, he/she may be eligible to recover compensation for damages including physical, emotional and financial losses. However, in order to obtain financial compensation, the injured person must be able to prove that the accident was caused by a dangerous condition in which the property owner or manager knew about and could have prevented.
Proving the Property Owner / Manager is at Fault
In order to actually prove that the property owner or manager knew about the dangerous condition that led to the slip and fall accident, the plaintiff must be able to prove that the property owner or manager either created the dangerous condition, knew about it and negligently failed to fix it, or should have known about it because it had been there for a long period of time.
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How an NYC Attorney Can Help
Premises liability cases can be complex, it is important to hire an experienced New York lawyer for slip and fall injuries who will thoroughly investigate every detail of the accident to determine who is at fault. Once liability is determined, an experienced lawyer will aggressively fight to ensure you recover all the compensation you are entitled to.
Individuals who have suffered from their involvement in a slip and fall accident often have many questions about their accident. It is good to know that victims have legal rights that will be protected and upheld by a skilled, aggressive attorney from our firm. Losses due to a slip and fall accident may be eligible for financial compensation. Contact our offices to schedule a complimentary consultation with an attorney today.
$2,300,000 Settlement – Pre-trial settlement for a 37-year-old man who fell down on stairs due to a defective handrail after visiting a family member’s building.
$1,600,000 Settlement – Fall on Defective Pavement at Building Entrance – Lipsig Law Firm obtains $1.6 million settlement – 1 ½ years after injury.