Brooklyn Slip and Fall Lawyer
Each year, thousands of people end up in the emergency room after a slip and fall. Such an accident can happen at any place, at any time. Perhaps you were in a store, restaurant, entertainment venue, or on private property when the slip and fall occurred. Such an injury can keep you out of work for a substantial amount of time and run up large medical bills. Some slip and fall injuries, especially those involving the head, neck, and spine, can result in permanent damage and loss of mobility. If the property owner’s negligence was responsible for the fall, that party may prove liable for the resulting harm.
A Brooklyn slip and fall attorney at Douglas and London can help you recover the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our dedicated lawyers have helped slip and fall clients recover millions of dollars in restitution.
Slip and fall
In legal terms, slip and fall cases, also known as trip and falls, are based on the concept of premises liability. Property owners have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition, but that does not mean they were necessarily negligent when a slip and fall accident occurs. In New York, it falls on the injured person to show by a preponderance of the evidence that the property owner, or the entity leasing the property, was aware of the unsafe condition, or should have been aware of it.
What to do after a slip and fall
Documentation is critical after a slip and fall. If possible, take photos and videos of the accident scene, as well as pictures of your injuries. Sometimes, the reason for the slip and fall is apparent, such as a broken stair or slick floor. If you are not sure what caused the fall, carefully video the surrounding area. If there are witnesses to the fall, obtain their contact information.
If you are in a commercial building, report the slip and fall to the management at once. Seek prompt medical attention, even if you think your injuries are not that bad. Some injuries may not appear for 24 hours or more, but it is crucial that you receive an examination. Insurance companies are always looking for reasons to deny claims, and may allege your injuries occurred elsewhere should you delay going to the hospital or doctor. Never agree to any premises liability insurance settlement before speaking with an attorney.
In New York, the statute of limitations for filing a premises liability lawsuit is three years from the date of the injury. However, if a government agency is involved – for example, the fall occurred in a public school or city, state, or federal office – a claim requires filing within six months of the incident.
Contact Brooklyn slip and fall lawyers
If you or someone you know suffered serious injury because of a slip and fall due to the property owner’s negligence, the seasoned slip and fall lawyers at Douglas and London can help. When it comes to slips and falls, you need legal advice as quickly as possible. Arrange a free consultation by calling us 24/7 or contacting us online. After reviewing the circumstances of your case, we will determine your options going forward. There is never a fee unless we win.