NEW YORK SLIP & FALL INJURIES AND ACCIDENTS
Slip and Fall Lawyer
Slip and fall injuries and accidents are common, and thousands of claims are made for these types of accidents each year. Unfortunately, many victims suffer serious, life-altering injuries and even wrongful death. Property owners are responsible for maintaining reasonably safe conditions, but there are times when they fail to do this.
Unlit areas, wet floors, and construction site defects can sometimes have catastrophic results. If you have a slip and fall accident, consult a New York slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible so that we can work to determine whether a negligent property or business owner owes you damages.
Our slip and fall lawyers can help you to understand what your rights are if you’ve been injured in a slip and fall case.
There are many factors that we take into consideration as we investigate who is at fault for your injury, such as previous complaints about an existing hazard, determining negligence of a business or property owner, and determining negligence, if any, of the injury victim. Each case is different, but these are just a few that a personal injury lawyer will analyze as they investigate your case.
If you or someone you love has suffered from a slip and fall injury, please call Keogh Crispi now at (212)-818-0600. We are an experienced law firm with a ruthless record of success in personal injury cases, trips and falls, car accidents, and countless other personal injury lawsuit cases.
Our slip and fall attorneys are intimately familiar with personal injury law, premises liability, and medical malpractice, and we have seen every imaginable type of personal injury claim. You can trust us to get you the money you deserve for your medical bills, and your pain and suffering.
Every slip and fall is unique, and it is the most beneficial for you to hire an experienced slip and fall lawyer to help you secure the compensation you deserve.
There are numerous types of slip and fall accidents. Some of the most common include, slippery surface falls, stairway accidents, falls from terraces or balconies, parking ramp falls, sidewalk falls, and bathtub or shower falls.
Any property owner is obligated to keep their property reasonably safe for anyone who may step foot on the property. If it can be proven that the property owner was negligent with safety-related maintenance, or that they knew about a hazard or defect on their property that cause a slip and fall but failed to remedy it, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries.
Falls on Ice and Snow
Property and business owners are responsible for maintaining the safety of their indoor and outdoor areas, and this includes maintaining snow and ice removal in parking lots and on sidewalks.
Property owners might not be held responsible of someone is injured due to snow or ice in the middle of a snowstorm, because the storm was still in progress and it would be unreasonable to plow or shovel before the storm was over.
However, if conditions on the property cause an unnatural accumulation of ice or snow, the property owner may be liable for your slip and fall accident. Some examples include:
- If ice accumulated on the roof, then melts and drips of because of a clogged drain, and refreezes on the ground, causing someone to slip
- If the parking lot causes melting ice to form puddles and then refreezes into patches of ice
Additionally, if a property owner provides snow or ice removal, they must provide regular maintenance and not let it pile up.
What is “Reasonable”?
Have you been hurt in a slip and fall accident because a property owner failed to use common sense? Was there something the property owner “should have known” would be dangerous? Did the property owner use reasonable judgment to keep the property safe? A judge and jury will take these questions into consideration.
If the property owner makes consistent and careful effort to maintain the safety and cleanliness of their property, they most likely have shown “reasonable” care. The following are a few initial questions you can ask yourself to help determine whether a property or business owner may be liable for your injuries.
- Did you trip over a broken or uneven area of carpet or floor? Did you slip on a wet area? If so, was the dangerous condition in place long enough that the owner “should have known” about it?
- dents occurred in the same spot before?
- Is there a schedule for regular maintenance, cleaning, and repairs on the premises? If so, does the owner have proof of it?
- If you tripped or slipped on an object on the ground, was there a good reason for the object to be there? If there had been a good reason for the object to be there, but that reason ceased to exist, could the object have been removed or covered, and the area made otherwise safe?
- Was there an option to put the object in a safer place?
- Could a barrier have been put up to visually warn people about the potential slip hazard?
- Did poor or broken lighting contribute to the accident?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have a claim for compensation. However please be aware that you need to consider whether your actions contributed to the accident as well.
If you can, we recommend the following to strengthen your case:
- Photos. If you can, take photographs of the scene of the accident, your clothing and shoes, and your fall-related injuries such as bruising, cuts, scrapes, stitches, or casts.
- Witnesses. Did anyone see your fall? If so, please try to get their contact information.
- Accident Report. If you’ve suffered injuries in a store, it’s crucial to file an accident report. You can ask the manager for help with this. They will document your account of the accident, and this will be absolutely paramount. Make sure to obtain a copy of this report before you leave.
- Evidence. If you slipped on something, save the item. For example, if you slipped on an out-of-place piece of food or a rock, place the item in a plastic bag and freeze it. You may also want to preserve the condition of the shoes you were wearing at the time of the fall by putting them in a plastic bag and taping it shut. This will preserve anything that has been stuck to your shoe
If none of these options are available, a slip and fall lawyer at Keogh Crispi will obtain as much information as we possibly can. However, please remember that trying to obtain information after the scene has been cleaned up and after your injuries have healed makes the process much more difficult.
Ensure that your medical professionals keep records of your injuries, and be sure to get copies for yourself. However, if you are considering pursuing a case after you have healed, don’t be discouraged: your medical records will document your injuries as well.
Common Places for Slips and Falls
- Fell at a car dealership
- Tripped or slipped at a casino
- Slipped or fell on poorly lit stairs
- Slipped at a gas station
- Slipped or fell on an escalator
- Tripped in my apartment
- Fell in a department store
- Slipped or fell on icy or snowy stairs
- Slipped or fell at a grocery store
- Fell at a school
- Slipped at a hospital
- Slipped or fell at a fast food restaurant
- Fell in a hotel
- Slipped in a parking lot
- Fell in a restaurant
- Tripped or fell in an apartment building
- Fell on a slippery sidewalk
- Tripped on uneven pavement
Fall Down Stairs
Slip and fall lawyers encounter a tremendous amount of cases that occur because of defective, poorly maintained, or broken stairs.
Property owners are responsible for ensuring that all steps have the same rise and depth, with visible edges. They are also required to make sure that stairs are kept free of debris or other obstacles and objects, which may cause an accident. Additionally, property owners must make sure that all stairwell are well-lit and have sturdy handrails on both sides.
All people are responsible to be careful where they step and watch where they’re going, but property owners must also demonstrate reasonable care when it comes to the conditions of their properties.
Who is Liable?
To hold a property owner legally liable for your injuries, one of the following has to be true:
- The dangerous condition must have been caused by the owner or an employee of the premises.
- The owner or an employee of the premises must have been aware of the dangerous condition and failed to correct it properly.
- The owner or an employee of the premises “should have known” about a dangerous condition.
I’ve Been Injured on Public Property — What Do I Do?
Keogh Crispi personal injury attorneys will represent you in a slip and fall accident or an assault that happened because of negligent security. We have won many substantial verdicts and settlements in New York City premises accident cases.
We know how to maximize compensation for past, present, and future losses and damages in the most complex cases. We will bring our experience, dedication, and history of substantial money awards to your case to ensure success. Call us for a free consultation at (212)-818-0600 or contact us online. There is no fee unless we recover money for you.