Corona Slip and Fall Lawyers
Falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional death in America, after motor vehicle accidents, with about 36,338 fatal tumbles and many more injuries each year. Yet, sometimes a slip and fall is not merely an accident, but a matter of liability. New York property owners owe a standard “duty of care” to keep their premises reasonably safe from hazards. It could be time to call a slip and fall lawyer to explore your legal rights.
Is your slip and fall injury bad enough to sue?
Sometimes a slip and fall causes bruises and soreness that persists for a week or two but fully heals with no further complications. Even if there was a broken stair or ice patch that caused you to fall, the fact that you required no medical care and lost no time off work means that there is no need to seek legal recourse.
On the other hand, if you sustained a substantial injury that did cost you, in medical bills, lost wages, and a lengthy recuperation period, you can file a lawsuit against the property owner seeking damages. In addition to getting your medical bills and lost wages paid, you may also qualify for “pain and suffering” as well as an estimation of your future expenses.
The most common injuries associated with slip and fall lawsuits include:
- Broken bones
- Wrist or ankle sprains
- Shoulder dislocations
- Hip fractures
- Knee injuries
- Head trauma
- Spine and nerve damage
- Deep lacerations
The slip and fall lawyers from our team can assist you with filing your claim.
Is the property owner to blame?
If the courts determine that an “unreasonably dangerous” situation persisted before your fall, you are entitled to seek compensation. The legal premise is that your fall could have been prevented had the negligent property owner taken steps to mitigate the risk. The judge and jury will consider whether another person in the same position would have known or should have reasonably known about this and taken appropriate action.
Examples of hazardous situations include grease, waxed floors, snow, ice, water, loose carpeting, damaged flooring, broken sidewalks, shifting gravel, unnecessary clutter, uneven surfaces, and electrical cords. Property visitors know they must take special care around curbs, stairs, walkways, ladders, doorways, escalators, parking lots, and elevators. Still, the failure to clear, repair, and maintain these areas can create excessive danger.
Sometimes action is taken, but the repairs are haphazard or poorly supervised– in which case, the landlord is still liable. For instance, imagine a parking lot owner hires a snowplow contractor to clear the lot. However, the worker is in a rush and leaves a snowbank in the walkway. If several days pass and a pedestrian slips on the ice while struggling around that snowbank, the property owner can be held liable for failing to supervise the job.
Contact our team of Corona Slip and Fall Lawyers
The law office of Douglas and London is conveniently located in the Financial District of NYC, 27 minutes from Queens. If you are taking the subway or bus, you can get off at Fulton Street and reach us in a three-minute walk. If you are too injured to come to us, we’ll come to you.
An experienced slip and fall attorney will meet with you, free of charge. If you decide to pursue a civil lawsuit, we will pay the cost of litigation upfront on your behalf. You will only owe a legal fee if we win a settlement or jury award on your behalf. Contact us to sort out the legal issues, while you focus on your recovery.