Slip and Fall Attorneys Making Matters Right for Victims Throughout Long Island, New York City, & Westchester County
There can be many inherent dangers present when a property owner or property manager does not adequately regard the safety of a visitor on their property. For many, these dangers at places like supermarkets, convenience stores, retail stores, and hotels, end up with people just like you getting injured. Property owners who do not provide guests with safety measures to prevent a slip and fall accident should be held accountable for their negligence. Unfortunately, some property owners across New York may brush off things that need to be fixed or cleaned up on their property and it ends up in a slip and fall accident.
Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries. From broken bones, brain injuries, and neck injuries to sprains, bruises, and lacerations, a slip and fall accident can leave you with severe injuries that can affect your ability to live your life how you normally would. If you have suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation by filing a premises liability claim. Our team of slip and fall lawyers is based in Long Island can help you file a premises liability claim and fight to recover compensation for the injuries you have sustained. Call our trip and fall accidents law office today for more information about your potential personal injury claim by calling 1-855-RIZZUTO (749-9886). Our main office is located on Long Island just across from Hofstra University and the Nassau Coliseum and just 30 minutes from Manhattan.
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.
Property Owners are Legally Responsible for the Safety of their Premises.*
Property owners must maintain safe premises, which include posting “slippery floor” signs near spills, repairing broken steps, and placing warning cones, tape, or warnings around 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.
What is Considered a Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents, sometimes called a trip and fall accident, is essentially a type of accident that occurs due to the negligence of a property owner. There are many dangerous hazards that can cause a slip and fall accident at any given moment. Take a grocery store for example. Have you ever been shopping around and encountered wet floors? Many people may not notice the spot on the floor and they can end up hurting themselves in a slip and fall accident. While wet floors are sometimes common in grocery stores, the property owner or manager should take the initiative to ensure that the spot is either cleaned up or guests understand the risks of being there. Those yellow signs that notify guests that a floor is slippery can be enough to protect a property owner from liability if someone slips and falls at a grocery store. However, if no signage is put up, a slip and fall injury victim can pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. That is just one example out of many potential slip and fall accidents. If you are unsure about whether or not your slip and fall accident warrants legal action, contact our team of personal injury lawyers in Long Island to help you clarify your situation.
What’s the Highest Settlement I Can Receive for My Case?
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
Slip and falls can cause injuries that can range from minor to severe, depending on several circumstances. There is no set amount of compensation you can end up receiving for your slip and fall injuries. However, the more severe your slip and fall injuries are, the more compensation you can end up receiving, dependent on how your trip and fall injuries have impacted you. With a slip and fall injury claim, you can recover compensation for medical bills that you have had to pay out of pocket. If your injuries are significant enough and you require special treatment like physical therapy for your broken bones or brain injury, you can also receive compensation for future medical expenses. You can also pursue compensation for lost wages. Lost wages occur when you miss time from work leading to a deduction in your typical income. On top of those damages, you can claim pain and suffering as a damage. Pain and suffering takes into account the emotional distress you have dealt with because of your injuries. You have legal rights as a slip and fall injury victim. Exercise your rights to get the justice you deserve.
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.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me Prove Negligence in My Case?
Proving negligence for slip and fall accidents can prove to be challenging without the right slip and fall lawyer to assist you. Slip and fall accidents are typically caused by dangerous hazards or the dangerous condition of a property. We can investigate your accident and collect further evidence that can help establish liability in your case. You should be provided with a reasonably safe environment as a visitor. If the owner of a property did not provide a reasonably safe environment for you and other guests, they may be found negligent in your case. Through the use of photos, videos, medical records, and eyewitness accounts, a slip and fall attorney can help you prove negligence in your case. Don’t let your injuries and the fallout of your accident weigh you down. Get in touch with a slip and fall lawyer from our law office today.
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.
Should I Get a Lawyer for a Slip and Fall?
Slip and fall accidents and injuries sustained in them may appear small enough at first but over time, those injuries may require serious medical attention like physical therapy and costly medication. If you’ve been injured in a trip and fall, consider reaching out to an injury lawyer that can help you recover damages for medical bills lost, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Contact our injury law office today by calling 1-855-RIZZUTO (749-9886) to learn more about how an injury lawyer can help you get compensation for your trip and fall injuries. Our main office is located on Long Island just across from Hofstra University and the Nassau Coliseum and just 30 minutes from Manhattan. We represent clients throughout all 5 boroughs of New York City including, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island as well as Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk County on Long Island.