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What To Do After a New York City Slip and Fall

Slip and falls are responsible for around 1 million emergency room visits every year. These types of injuries are also the leading cause of workers’ comp claims and the top cause of occupational injuries among those aged 15 to 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 was injured in a slip and fall and aren’t sure what to do next, our NY slip and fall lawyers have you covered. We help people fight for compensation after slip and falls throughout New York, including:

  • Manhattan
  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn & Kings County
  • Queens
  • Staten Island & Richmond County
  • Long Island

7 Things To Do After a Slip and Fall

1.Document the Scene

Say you slipped and fell on some cracked pavement. Provided you are not too injured to do so, use your phone to take pictures of the pavement from multiple angles, the surrounding area, the street, and the nearest cross street.

Takeaway: Documenting the scene can serve as valuable evidence if you choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.

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2.Seek Medical Attention

The most important thing at this time is your physical wellbeing, so call for emergency medical response to take you to the hospital. Even if you do not feel badly injured, it is best to seek medical attention anyway. A physician will be able to fully evaluate your condition and provide the necessary treatment.

Takeaway: Go to the hospital even if you do not feel injured. There could be damage that you’re not aware of.

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3.Document Your Treatment

Not only is medical treatment good for ensuring your physical wellbeing, but it can also serve as valuable evidence should you choose to pursue litigation. Showing that you received medical treatment, and what type, right after your slip and fall can show a correlation between the fall and your injuries.

Takeaway: Obtaining a record of your hospital visit can be valuable evidence in a lawsuit.

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4.Research Your Options

After you have received the necessary medical treatment, it is best to start looking into your legal options. Litigation is a recourse for people who were injured through no fault of their own. If you didn’t cause your accident, you shouldn’t have to foot the bill for your medical expenses, time off work, and otherwise. Evidence can become more difficult to track down with each passing minute, so start this process as soon as you can.

Takeaway: Look into your legal options sooner rather than later to see if you have a case.

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5.Hire an Attorney

Most personal injury law firms, like The Perecman Firm, offer free initial consultations. In these consultations, usually over-the-phone, the attorney will inform you whether they believe you have a case. If you believe you do have a case, pick the attorney you believe is best suited for the job and retain them as your legal counsel.

Takeaway: Choose a qualified, experienced attorney to represent you in your slip & fall lawsuit.

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6.Be Available to Your Attorney

Although your attorney is there to alleviate the burden of litigation from you, this new relationship is a two-way street. Just as your attorney should be there for you, you need to be there for them to provide them with information regarding the accident, your injuries, and any other information they believe is pertinent to your case.

Takeaway: The best cases are usually those in which the attorney-client relationship is characterized by frequent communication and trust.

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7.Avoid Compromising Activity

Once you open a slip and fall case, you might come under scrutiny. Opposing counsel may attempt to claim that you had preexisting conditions or that your injury is not as severe as you claim. Speak with your attorney regarding any actions (or inaction) that could compromise your case, and avoid those things.

Takeaway: The opposing counsel will do everything in their power to get your case thrown out or your monetary reward minimized. Avoid anything that would compromise the integrity of your case.

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The Aftermath of a Slip and Fall

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 personal injury lawyer at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. can help you pursue a claim and understand your options. We encourage you to reach out to our office to find out more about the options available to you.

Schedule your free consultation by calling (212) 577-9325.

How Do Slip & Falls Happen?

Slip and falls can occur anywhere — on the job, at a friend’s house, in a public or private building, in a store or restaurant, or on the sidewalk. Parking lot falls are another accident that is considered a common cause of injury.

There are a number of causes of slip and falls but some of the top reasons include:

  • Slippery floors, like from spills in restaurants
  • Wet floors
  • Uneven tiles
  • Broken or cracked sidewalks
  • An unmarked drop-down
  • A change in flooring materials
  • Loose carpeting
  • Debris in the walkway
  • Overcrowded aisles
  • Poor lighting
  • Narrow stair treads
  • Broken railings

Many of these hazards are problems that you should be warned about when visiting a public place or private 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 because of those hazards.

Taking Legal Action After a Slip & Fall

If you slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may be able to pursue a claim to recover money for your medical bills and costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and the emotional distress you endure. If the slip-and-fall accident 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 accident 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 his or her 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 the 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. Our team can help you examine all your options and work to help you receive the full compensation to which you are entitled.

Contact Us Today. There’s No Fee Unless You Win!

If you or a loved one has been hurt, contact a New York City slip-and-fall accident lawyer at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. today. We are prepared to use our decades of legal experience to help you file a claim and recover full and fair compensation for all losses, damages, and injuries resulting from your slip and fall.

Call us today at (212) 577-9325 for a free consultation.

More Than $350 Million In Verdicts & Settlements For Our Clients

The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.'s team of NYC personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $350 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients. We understand the financial and emotional toll a serious accident can have on your life. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to maximizing your recovery and securing what you deserve.

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  • $1,850,000
    Settlement while on trial after winning jury liability verdict for woman injured when her wheelchair fell into a pothole.
  • $1,698,000
    Woman tripped and fell on stairs, jury verdict. Case settled after verdict for $650,000
  • $1,398,000
    Jury verdict for woman who injured knee in fall on stairs in building. Case settled after verdict for $975,000
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