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Slip and falls are commonly caused by spills or wet surfaces that present a safety hazard to people on the premises. Property owners are required to post visible warnings, such as "wet floor" signs, near potential hazards or to repair, remove, or otherwise address dangerous conditions.
If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, and you think the property owner was negligent, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner. Our New York slip and fall lawyer at The Paris Law Group, PC knows how to pursue the maximum compensation you need to make a full recovery.
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Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents
Some conditions that commonly cause slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors
- Icy steps
- Uneven sidewalks or stairs
- Garbage or obstacles in walkway
- Frayed or uneven carpeting
- Poor lighting
Property owners are responsible for placing warning signs near potential hazards. They also have a duty to fix unsafe conditions in a timely manner. If they fail to do so and you are injured because of unsafe conditions on their premises, seek a personal injury lawyer immediately, as you could be entitled to financial compensation for your losses.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident
When you fall in public – whether in a store, a parking lot or while walking down the sidewalk – you may initially feel embarrassed. Others may rush to your side to help, and it can be easy to brush them aside and flee the scene to save yourself from further embarrassment. This embarrassment is temporary, however. Regardless of how you feel in the moment, it is important that you take steps to protect your legal rights after an accident.
If you were injured in a fall on another person’s property, make sure to:
- Get medical treatment. Your health is important, and you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible in order to get the care you need.
- Take pictures of the area. If you have a camera or cell phone with you, take pictures of the scene. This evidence can be helpful, particularly in cases where the cause of your injuries could be quickly fixed or change with the weather. For example, if you slipped on spilled liquid in a store, a picture can help show the spill before it is cleaned up.
- Note your location. Take a photo of the building or take a note of where you are located. You will want to know the location of your fall in case you want to bring a claim against the property owner.
- Get contact information of witnesses. If an employee came to help you or another individual witnessed your accident, get their name and phone number. Witnesses can help with any insurance or personal injury claim you have.
- Contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you were seriously injured in a slip-and-fall accident on another person’s property, you might have a premises liability claim. In New York, there is a limited time period to bring this type of claim, particularly if your claim is against the city. An attorney can help you understand your options and help you protect your rights throughout the process.
Can a Property Owner Be Held Legally Liable for a Slip & Fall Accident?
In short, yes; property owners can be held liable for damages when their negligence is the proximate cause of a slip and fall accident and when the victim sustains injuries and other damages. This is because New York premises liability law dictates that property owners have a duty to make sure their properties are reasonably safe for anyone who lawfully enters them.
In order to file a premises liability claim after a slip and fall accident, you must be able to prove the following:
- The property owner owed you a duty of care
- You were injured on the property
- The property owner’s negligence was the cause of your injuries
- The property owner knew or reasonably could have known about a foreseeable risk
- The property owner failed to take reasonable steps to repair or warn of a dangerous condition
Property owners cannot be held legally liable when a person is injured due to a condition that the property owner did not know about and reasonably could not have known about. However, if you believe the property owner (or another party) was negligent and that this led to your slip and fall accident and related injuries, you could have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
Proving Fault in a Slip and Fall Case
Slip and fall cases are some of the more challenging ones to fight because proving fault can be very difficult. Determining who is legally responsible is complicated because these types of accidents happen frequently and for countless reasons. Think about how many times you’ve missed a step, tripped walking up the stairs or slipped on ice. Did those accidents occur because you weren’t being careful or paying close enough attention? Or was your slip and fall caused by a negligent property owner?
How is fault determined?
Winning a slip and fall lawsuit means proving your injury was caused by a dangerous condition that the property owner was aware of but did nothing about. It might sound simple enough but these cases are full of gray areas. Even though a dangerous condition might have been present, there is still an expectation for personal responsibility. This expectation requires individuals to avoid obvious dangers and be aware of their surroundings. It’s the dangers that are unavoidable and impossible to anticipate that typically fit under the dangerous conditions umbrella.
What kind of lawyer will be the most helpful in this scenario?
If you’ve decided to pursue legal action against a property owner for your accident, you will want to hire an attorney who focuses on premises liability. Attorneys who practice premises liability law have experience battling negligent property owners in court, their background and expertise will give your case the best possible chance.
What You Can Recover
Our founding attorney, Jason Paris, is highly skilled in pursuing compensation for clients injured due to inadequate maintenance or warnings. Over his nearly 25 years in practice, he has successfully secured millions of dollars for his clients.
Compensation in a slip and fall case can cover:
- Lost wages from being unable to work
- Medical expenses from hospital stays or doctor visits
- Rehabilitation therapy and medications
- Future medical expenses and lost wages
- Pain and suffering from the accident
- Counseling services
You should never pursue a personal injury claim without legal counsel, as these cases can be difficult to prove and you will likely not recover the maximum compensation you need for a full recovery without the help of an experienced legal team.
Reach Out to The Paris Law Group, PC for a Free Consultation
If you want to learn more about how our firm can help you with your slip and fall claim in New York City or anywhere in the state of New York, get in touch with us right away. We offer caring, personalized legal services and are ready to do everything we can to help make you whole.
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Slip & Fall $11 Million
A well-known cellist was awarded almost $11 million after a slip and fall in a gourmet food market that resulted in injuries that now hamper her ability to play the instrument.
Pedestrian Knockdown $2.8 Million
The client was a pedestrian crossing the street when she was hit by a yellow school bus making a left-hand turn. As a result of the impact, she was forced to fall to the ground and sustained an injury to her shoulder and lower back, both of which resulted in surgeries.
Bus Accident $2.1 Million
A mediated settlement was reached on the eve of trial on behalf of the client who was a driver of a motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by a bus.
Pedestrian Accident $2 Million
The client, a young boy, was crossing the street near his home on Staten Island when he slipped on ice in the roadway and was hit by a car.
Car Accident $1.7 Million
The client was an ambulance driver responding to an emergency call. While in the process of making a left-hand turn with the ambulance lights and sirens in operation, he was struck by a vehicle going straight.
Truck Accident $1.5 Million
The client, a 37-year-old man, was struck in the rear by a truck while driving his car and subsequently underwent neck surgery. The defendant claimed the client cut him off. We aggressively litigated the case and on the eve of trial the defendant agreed to pay $1.5 million after previously taking a no-pay position.
Car Accident $1.25 Million
Through aggressive litigation, full policy limits in the amount of $1.25 million were tendered within 14 months of the accident for the injured passenger in a motor vehicle accident. The client was a rear-seat passenger in a motor vehicle that was pulled over on the shoulder of the Staten Island Expressway when it was rear-ended by the defendant in the early morning hours.
Slip & Fall $1.2 Million
The client tripped and fell coming out of a bar in Staten Island, sustaining injuries to her knee, neck, and back. The bar claimed that the accident never happened, and the bar blamed the owner of the premises for the condition of the sidewalk, with the owner of the premises blaming the bar.
Slip & Fall Injury $1 Million
A settlement was reached with a confidential defendant as a result of a fall at work. The client worked as a cash handler collecting money from banks. After picking up a bag of cash from a bank and placing it in the back of his armored vehicle, the security ink packets exploded frightening the client and causing him to fall backward, striking his head against the floor.
Scaffolding Accident $1 Million
In very contentious litigation and after extensive negotiations and multiple mediations, a settlement was reached for the client in the amount of $1 million. The client was working on a scaffold at a construction site when he lost his balance and fell 10 feet to the ground.