By law, buildings, homes, parking lots, and walkways must be maintained to make sure that they are safe. If you are hurt by someone else’s negligence on the property they own then you can get compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering and time off work.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to take steps right away so that you can get the best legal outcome.
Who’s Responsible for Your Slip and Fall Injury?
One of the most frequently asked questions after a slip and fall or trip and fall accident:
Who is to blame? It’s an excellent question that doesn’t always have a simple solution. The legal term “premises liability” comes into play.
Premises liability means that the owner of the property is responsible for making sure it is safe. They need to remove tripping hazards, clean up slippery floors, and light outdoor areas.
When someone gets hurt, and another person is at fault, they can get compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost time at work.
Types of Premises Liability
There are three types of premises liability. Because a homeowner is different from a landlord, who differs from a business owner, each one concerns the identity of who owns the property and, in turn, the responsibility for keeping it in a safe condition. The following are the three kinds of owners: Homeowner, Landlord/Renter, and Business Owner
A homeowner has a duty to maintain their property and keep it safe and free from defects. Typically, a claim is made under the owner’s insurance policy if someone is injured as the result of a trip and fall or slip and fall.
Homeowners Responsible for Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accidents
Property owners. Including homeowners, building owners and owners of commercial property have a duty to maintain their premises and keep their properties safe and hazard-free for guests and occupants. If an incident occurs at a home, the homeowner – and more importantly, his or her insurance company may be held responsible for injuries sustained including pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.
This is known in the law as “premises liability” which includes making sure snow is shovelled, ice is removed from sidewalks and paths, bricks and sidewalk slabs are secured and there are no slipping or tripping hazards which can cause someone to fall and injure themselves.
Common Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accidents Include:
- Falling as a result of broken pavement or sidewalks
- Falling due to uneven sidewalks
- Falling due to poor, improper or inadequate lighting
- Falling due to failure to remove snow and ice
- Falling as a result of broken or uneven steps
- Falling because there were no handrails
- Falling because the handrails were no built properly and violate local codes
- Falling because tile is too slippery and improperly used
- Falling because there is a defect such as a hole in the road or street
- Falling due to broken curbs
What Types of Injuries Do Victims of a Slip and Fall or Trip and Falls Sustain?
Slip and fall or Trip and Fall accidents can be mild or particularly devastating, depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident. For example, a younger person can slip or trip and fall and only attain minor injuries. However, an older, more fragile person can suffer life-altering injuries. Our team of lawyers can help you recover damages for your injuries, no matter how big or small they are. We have helped clients who have suffered a wide range of injuries in slip and fall accidents. These injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Lower leg injuries
- Broken/fractured bones
- Lacerations/deep cuts
- Bruises and scrapes
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Scarring and disfigurement
While you may think some of these injuries should be relatively easy to come back from, a lot of these injuries can lead to complications. Reach out to our slip and fall attorneys today at 1-855-RIZZUTO (749-9886) to find out more about your potential slip and fall case. We represent victims of slip and fall or trip and fall injuries throughout New York City, including Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk County on all of Long Island.
How Can a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Lawyer Help Me Prove the Extent of My Injuries?
Slip and fall or trip and fall injuries can linger for a long time. Whether you want to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more, a slip and fall or trip and fall lawyer can investigate your case, gathering evidence, testimony, and reports to help you prove your damages successfully and make the most out of your personal injury claim. Get in touch with our law firm today to get started on your own personal injury case.
What If My Injuries are Permanent?
Unfortunately, for some, slip and fall or trip and fall injuries can lead to a lifelong disability. Think of a serious neck injury sustained in a slip and fall. A permanent disability from any injury like that can keep you out of work for the rest of your life and cause a host of other issues to your professional and personal life. Let us help you get the justice you deserve for your injuries today.
Is Hiring a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Lawyer the Right Choice for Me?
A slip and fall or trip and fall attorney can be your best friend in matters like a personal injury case. These types of cases can become contentious and difficult, with the insurance company trying to take advantage of you every step of the way. Not only do we understand how insurance companies work, we have worked for insurance companies and large corporations defending these types of claims and are able to anticipate their defense before it happens. We can hold them accountable to ensure you have a fair and efficient legal process and you get the money damages you rightfully deserve. Give our personal injury law firm a call today by dialing 1-855-RIZZUTO (749-9886) We represent victims of slip and fall or trip and fall injuries throughout New York City, including Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk County on all of Long Island.
It is important to know that you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim for a slip and fall or a trip and fall. If you are suing a municipality such as the City of New York or a Town, County or any governmental entity, you may have only 90 days from the date of the accident to file a Notice of Claim. Otherwise, in New York, you generally have 3 years from the date of the accident to file a claim. However, it is crucial that the person(s) responsible and their insurance company be given Notice of the Claim as soon as possible.