Manhattan Slip and Fall Lawyer

The results of a sudden slip and fall range from embarrassment to serious injury. The first hurts only your pride, while the second can land you in the hospital and unable to work for a considerable time. While you are recuperating, your medical and other bills continue piling up. If the owner of the property on which the fall occurred was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

A Manhattan slip and fall attorney at Douglas and London can protect your rights and fight to hold those responsible for your injuries accountable. Do not negotiate with the property owner’s insurance company before receiving legal counsel.

Premises liability

A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere. Personal injuries occurring on another party’s property fall into the category of premises liability.

In New York, property owners have a duty of care to keep their premises safe for visitors or customers. Should they breach this duty of care and someone gets hurt, that individual is eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, it is up to the injured person to prove negligence, and for that, a good deal of evidence is needed.

What to do after a slip and fall

After a slip and fall accident, try to do the following:

  • Report the accident to the manager, owner, or superintendent
  • Get a written copy of the report
  • Take photos and videos of the accident scene and your injuries
  • If there were eyewitnesses, get their contact information
  • Seek medical treatment right away
  • Do not clean, but save the clothing and shoes worn.

Property owners come up with all sorts of defenses, but evidence can disprove them. For example, a broken stair may have caused the slip and fall. The owner may introduce an undated photo showing the stairs are not broken, but a time-stamped photo taken right after the accident will show that the stair was broken at the time, and has since been repaired. Alleging the injured party was wearing inappropriate footwear, at least partly causing the accident, is another favorite defense against a slip, trip, and fall claim. Photographing your shoes right after your fall and preserving them can help your case.

Slip and fall damages

Damages for a slip and fall accident may include:

  • Medical expenses, current and future
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Modifications relating to disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage

While most slip and fall lawsuits require filing within three years of the injury date, any claims involving government property have just a six-month statute of limitations.

Contact Manhattan slip and fall lawyers

If you or someone you know was hurt in a slip and fall accident, obtain legal advice as soon as possible. The slip and fall lawyers at Douglas and London will review and evaluate your claim. We are available 24/7, so call or contact us online at any time to schedule a free consultation. Our dedicated attorneys have recovered more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients injured by another party’s negligence.