Have You or a Loved One Been Injured as a Result of a Fall?
A slip (or trip) and fall accident, sometimes called a premises liability accident, can be serious.
A broken hip, a fractured ankle, facial lacerations, and a cracked skull, are just a few of the debilitating medical conditions a person can suffer as the result of a fall caused by a hazardous condition on someone else’s property.
Proving a Slip and Fall Case in New York
To successfully bring a slip and fall case in New York, it isn’t necessarily enough to prove you suffered injuries on another’s property.
You must also establish that the property owner or the person in charge of maintaining the property was negligent.
The elements of a New York premises liability claim are:
- You were lawfully on the property at the time of your injury,
- The owner of the property was somehow negligent, and
- The property owner’s negligence caused your injuries.
Proving a property owner’s negligence can be tricky because, generally, you will need to show that the owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition that caused your injuries.
In some cases, this can be straightforward. However, in many cases, successfully bringing a claim requires the assistance of Long Island premises liability lawyers.
For over 25 years, I have successfully represented clients injured on the property of others in a variety of claims such as slipping on ice and snow, falling on wet floors, and tripping on worn carpet, cracks & uneven surfaces, raised sidewalks, defective stairs, potholes, and other hazards.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Slip and Falls?
Premises liability accidents can be the result of just about any dangerous condition found on another’s property.
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall injuries include:
- Defective stairs,
- Missing handrails,
- Inadequate lighting,
- Broken pavement,
- Bunched-up carpeting,
- The presence of debris,
- Misplaced extension cords,
- Uncleared snow or ice, and
- Wet floors.
Regardless of the dangerous condition that caused you to fall, I can help you understand your rights and effectively pursue a claim against the property owner responsible for your injuries.
Where Can Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?
Slip and Fall claims arise from injuries that occur on many types of properties such as:
- Office Buildings,
- Private Homes,
- Parking Lots,
- Supermarkets and Grocery Stores,
- Apartment Complexes,
- Bars, Nightclubs and Restaurants,
- Hotels and Resorts,
- Shopping Centers and Malls,
- Sports Stadiums, Arenas and Conference Centers, and
If your injuries did not occur at one of these locations, don’t fear, you can bring a claim against almost any property owner.
For example, you could even file a premises liability claim against your neighbor’s insurance company or their landlord if you were injured while visiting their home or apartment.
In these situations, the landlord or insurance company would typically be responsible for all damages, meaning the person you were visiting wouldn’t need to pay out of pocket for your injuries.
Damages in New York Premises Liability Lawsuits
Accident victims who successfully pursue a slip and fall claim can recover their economic and non-economic losses.
While every case is unique, economic damages typically include compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses,
- Lost wages, and
- Decrease in earning capacity.
Non-economic damages compensate you for the emotional impact that the accident had on your life. Common examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering,
- Loss of familial relationships,
- Emotional distress, and
- Disability or disfigurement.
Both economic and non-economic damages are critical to a full and fair recovery.
As an experienced New York premises liability lawyer, I can help you identify the full extent of your damages.
The information provided on this page speaks in general terms. Of course, there are often exceptions that apply in certain situations.
For a complete list of all exceptions please consult the Consolidated Laws of New York.
Attorney Naima is also happy to answer any questions you have about your injuries or ability to pursue a claim against the responsible party.
Contact An Experienced Long Island Slip and Fall Lawyer to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one was injured as a result of a fall, contact the personal injury team at the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima today to speak with an experienced New York premises liability lawyer about your case.
The law limits the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit, so don’t wait.
Because I accept all cases on a contingency basis, it means you will never receive a bill for my services unless I recover compensation on your behalf.