Morris Heights Slip and Fall Lawyers
Throughout New York City, on a typical day, people slip and fall and injure themselves on properties open to the public. Sometimes, they are at fault for the accident, but often, the slip and fall occurred due to property owner negligence. If the owner or management permitted slippery conditions on the premises or did not fix holes in the carpeting, pavement, or flooring, they may prove liable for the slip and fall. The same holds true for owners allowing debris to create hazards in walkways.
In legal terms, such negligence falls under the purview of premises liability.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries can result in serious and even permanent impairment. The most common severe injuries resulting from a slip and fall include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injury
In a worst-case scenario, the victim may succumb to their injuries.
In addition to injury, the slip and fall victim may find themselves saddled with huge medical bills and lost wages from missing significant time frm work. A slip and fall attorney can help the injured party receive compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Why Documentation is Critical
A plaintiff in a premises liability case must prove they had a right to be on the property. That is not difficult when the premises in question is a retailer or other establishment open to the public. They must also prove that negligence was involved in property upkeep and that this negligence was the cause of the injury.
The last two items require significant documentation. If you can, start collecting evidence at the scene by taking photos of the hazardous condition and your injuries. Report the slip and fall right away, so that management has a record. If anyone witnessed your fall, obtain their contact information.
Some people realize at once they badly hurt, or someone else sees them and calls 911. Others may think they emerged unscathed, but not all injuries are obvious immediately. This is why it is crucial to have a medical examination promptly. Waiting to see a doctor can harm the plaintiff’s claim that the property owner’s negligence caused the injury. The owner’s insurance company will allege another incident was responsible since the person did not receive medical attention directly after the fall.
Contact a Morris Heights Slip and Fall Lawyer
After a serious injury from a slip and fall accident due to property owner negligence, it is highly recommended that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. The dedicated Morris Heights slip and fall lawyers at Douglas and London will review your case and determine whether you have a valid personal injury claim.
Do not hesitate. Schedule a free consultation by calling or texting 24/7 or completing our online contact form. There is never a fee unless we win, because we work on a contingency basis. Hablamos Espanol.