Slip & Fall Accidents Are One of the 7 Most Common Personal Injury Claims.
They can occur in a store, supermarket, along a public roadway, or even in a nursing home.
Steps to Take after a Slip-and-Fall Accident:
- Call for help and notify the authorities;
- File an incident report with the owner or property manager;
- Take photos of the hazardous condition that caused the fall;
- Take photos of your injuries as best you can;
- Collect contact information from the owner or property manager, as well as from anyone who may have witnessed the fall;
- Write down details regarding when, where, and how the fall occurred;
- Seek out medical attention immediately to document the injuries and increase your chances of a full recovery; and most importantly
- Discuss your legal rights and options with an experienced New York slip-and-fall lawyer before accepting a settlement from an insurance company or signing any type of agreement.
Recovering for Your Injuries.
If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident because of the negligence of a property owner or manager, you may be entitled to compensation for your significant losses. Financial support may be available for your current and future medical bills, lost earnings, time away from work, permanent injuries, disabilities, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, and in some cases, the injured person may also be compensated for the lifetime effect of his or her injuries.
Injured Clients Pay Nothing Unless They Recover.
Seeking compensation for a slip-and-fall accident can be challenging for victims and their families. The slip-and-fall attorneys at The Rizzuto Law Firm will be able to properly analyze your case to ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable. We represent our injured clients on a "contingent fee basis" in which the attorney's fee is a percentage of the plaintiff's recovery.
Money Awarded in a Personal Injury Settlement is Not Taxable. *
The official statement from the IRS regarding the tax-ability of personal injury settlements is as follows: “If you receive a settlement for personal physical injuries or physical sickness and did not take an itemized deduction for medical expenses related to the injury or sickness in prior years, the full amount is non-taxable. Do not include the settlement proceeds in your income.”
* However, there are exceptions. If the settlement is meant to replace income, the settlement becomes taxable. Similarly, if you itemize deductions, and you claimed medical expenses in previous years as an itemized deduction that were later reimbursed by the settlement, then that amount would be taxable.
Property Owners are Legally Responsible for the Safety of their Premises.*
Property owners must maintain safe premises, which includes posting “slippery floor” signs near spills, repairing broken steps, and placing warning cones, tape, or warnings around a dangerous locations. When a dangerous walkway contributes to a slip-and-fall accident, it may be possible to hold the owner of the property responsible for the resulting injuries.
* A property owner will not be held liable for every incident that occurs on his or her premises. In order to prove fault, the victim will have to show that the property owner knew about the hazardous condition and failed to act in a reasonable manner to repair the dangerous condition or prevent the accident from occurring.
To Succeed in a Slip-and-Fall Action, an Injured Party Must Prove:
- The condition of the property was dangerous;
- The owner knew, or should have known, about the property’s dangerous condition; and
- The owner had a reasonable amount of time to fix the condition of the property.
Responsible parties in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall case may include:
- the owner of the property where the accident occurred;
- the maintenance firm or property manager;
- a tenant who is occupying the property such as a retail outlet; or
- a governmental agency that is responsible for maintaining the property where the accident occurred.
Because there are several potentially liable parties in slip-and-fall accident cases you want an experienced personal injury lawyer who will be able to identify and financially pursue your claim and to hold accountable the negligent party that caused your injury.
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There are strict time limits for bringing a claim.
Some claims must be filed in as little as 90 DAYS!!
If you or someone you love was injured in a slip-and-fall accident, Call us at (516)622-0606 or use the form below to contact us directly.
A member of our experienced staff will promptly follow-up with you to discuss your situation. We can explain the options available to you and how we can help.