Slip and Fall Lawyer in New York City
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,
- Brooklyn & Kings County
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
Takeaway: Documenting the scene can serve as valuable evidence if you choose to pursue
a personal injury lawsuit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.