New York Slip and Fall Lawyer
Slip and falls are responsible for around 1 million emergency room visits every year, are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and the top cause of occupational injuries among those aged 15-24. Slip and falls can cause very serious injuries resulting in significant costs, with the estimated price tag for employee slip and fall accidents totaling around $70 million each year.
If you or a loved one experiences a fall, you know firsthand how devastating your injuries can be. Cuts, bruises, bone fractures, spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injury and death are just some of the many potential consequences of a fall injury. The damage done to your body can necessitate costly medical treatment, prevent work and change your life.
If your slip and fall happened at work or because of the negligence of a property owner, you have certain legal rights. An experienced New York slip and fall lawyer at The Perecman Firm can help you pursue a claim and understand your options.
How Do Slip and Falls Happen?
Slip and falls can occur on the job, at a friend’s house, in a public or private building, in a store or restaurant or on the sidewalk. There are a number of potential causes of slip and falls but some of the top reasons include:
Broken or cracked sidewalks
An unmarked drop-down
A change in flooring materials
Debris in the walkway
Narrow stair treads
Many of these hazards are problems that you should be warned about when visiting a public place or a friend’s home. If a property owner fails to correct hazards, doesn’t maintain a property properly or fails to warn you of dangers on the property, the owner or renter who was responsible could become liable for any injuries you sustain.
Taking Legal Action After a Slip and Fall
If you slip and fall on someone’s property, you can pursue a claim to recover money for your medical bills and costs; your pain and suffering; lost wages; and emotional distress you endure. If the slip and fall results in death, surviving family members can pursue a wrongful death claim.
To obtain compensation, there are certain things you need to prove. A New York slip and fall lawyer can assist you in demonstrating that:
The property owner had an obligation to you: The specifics of the obligation will vary depending upon why you were on the property.
The property owner failed to live up to its obligation: If the owner didn’t make the property safe or warn you of dangers, the owner can be considered negligent.
You were harmed as a result of the property owner’s failure.
You should be entitled to compensation for losses as a result of the harm.
Your case may settle outside of court or may be resolved in a court of law by a judge or jury. You could also potentially take action not just against those who own property, but also against tenants or renters who were in control of the space and who allowed unsafe conditions that led to a slip and fall.
Contact a New York Slip and Fall Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been hurt, contact a New York slip and fall lawyer at The Perecman Firm today. We will use our decades of legal experience to help you recover full and fair compensation for all losses and injuries resulting from your slip and fall.