Queens Slip and Fall Lawyer
No one is immune from a slip and fall injury. When you suffer a slip and fall due to another party’s negligence, you may face extensive medical treatment, time lost from work, the inability to drive, or the inability to care for your loved ones. Nearly one-quarter of slip and fall injuries require taking at least a month off work while recovering.
Insurance companies want to pay out as little as possible for these claims or deny them altogether. The Queens slip and fall lawyers of Douglas and London protect your rights while holding those responsible for your injuries accountable. Most cases are settled, but we will head to trial if needed.
Slip and falls on dangerous property
Property owners in Queens have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. If there are known issues on the property – such as a store owner not cordoning off or placing warning signs regarding wet floors – the owner may prove negligent. Whether negligence exists depends on the individual case, and requires an independent legal investigation.
Proving negligence after a slip and fall accident
Slips, trips, and falls can happen for many reasons, and property owners are not always held liable. For a premises liability claim to be successful, our New York slip and fall lawyers must prove the following elements:
- The property owner or occupier owed you a duty of care– this means that you were legally on the premises as a guest, patron, or visitor and were not trespassing
- The defendant breached this duty of care
- The breach resulted in your slip and fall accident
- The fall caused injuries and documented damages
For a property owner to be found negligent and therefore liable for monetary damages, our team must demonstrate that they failed to maintain their premises or take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of visitors or invited guests.
The following are common issues examined in a slip and fall injury claim:
- Was the dangerous condition (for example, a spilled drink) around long enough for a reasonable landlord or owner to have noticed and cleaned up the mess?
- Does the property have a history of being dangerous, with prior slip and fall incidents?
- Does evidence point to poor maintenance or a lack of regular property inspections?
- Did the property owner or their employee cause the slip and fall hazard themselves?
Slip and fall causes
There is almost no limit to the way a person might experience a slip and fall, but the most common causes include:
- Defective sidewalks
- Broken stairs
- Ripped carpeting
- Loose flooring
- Poor lighting
- Walkway obstructions
- Slippery surfaces
- Cables or wires on the floor
Proving fault in a slip and fall claim requires in-depth expertise of premises liability laws in NYC. At Douglas & London, we have the resources and skills to build a strong case on your behalf and counter any allegations that you caused or contributed to the accident.
Common locations for slip and fall accidents
Whether in Murray Hill, Jamaica, or Queens Village, slip and fall accidents can occur in any number of public and private locales. Consider these common locations:
- Office buildings
- Parking lots and garages
- Retail stores
- Shopping malls
- Grocery stores
- Public swimming pools
- Bars and restaurants
- Gyms and fitness centers
If you or a loved one were hurt, you are encouraged to contact slip and fall lawyers Queens residents have come to trust for aggressive representation. At Douglas & London, we provide invaluable guidance and the solutions you need to move forward confidently.
Slip and fall injuries
Everyone slips and falls at some point in their lives. Fortunately, most of these incidents are more embarrassing than painful. A bad slip and fall, however, can change a person’s life, perhaps resulting in permanent impairment.
Examples of common slip and fall injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Musculo-skeletal injuries
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Herniated and slipped discs
- Hip and skull fractures
What to do after a slip and fall accident
If you slip and fall on another’s property, seeking immediate medical attention is critical. Even if you do not think you were badly hurt, go to the emergency room or a doctor as soon as possible. After falls, some injuries do not appear right away.
Failure to obtain prompt medical attention often means the insurance company will deny or diminish your claim. Insurance adjusters might allege the injuries are not that serious, or that the injuries did not occur from the slip and fall.
After getting medical attention, take these steps to protect your rights:
- Report the accident to building management
- Follow all medical treatment protocols
- Take photos or video of where the slip and fall occurred
- Get the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the fall
- Keep the clothing and shoes worn on the day of the accident
- Stay off social media until the claim is resolved
- Meet with an experienced slip and fall lawyer
Choosing the right slip and fall attorney
You’ve been injured and want to hire the right advocate for your case. With so many law firms advertising their services in Queens, how do you find the right match– someone who can maximize your compensation and truly cares about your recovery.
Experience and reputation within the legal community matter. So do prior case results. At Douglas & London, our attorneys and support staff are renowned for professional excellence. We are well-versed in the intricacies and challenges of premises liability claims and have secured over $4 billion on behalf of clients. We serve our clients with compassion, integrity, and honesty and have a proven track record of success.
What kinds of damages are in a slip and fall settlement?
Most slip and fall cases are settled outside the courtroom between the claimant and the defendant’s insurance company. The final amount of a slip and fall settlement is largely determined by the damages your personal injury lawyer can prove. These may encompass both economic and non-economic losses such as:
- Medical and hospital bills
- Loss of wages and future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering caused by the accident
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Out-of-pocket expenses resulting from your injuries
New York is one of the few states that does not impose a cap on pain and suffering damages when a person is seriously hurt. And while specific settlement amounts cannot be guaranteed in advance, our attorneys leverage the experience and resources to pursue fair and full compensation in these complex matters.
Talk to an experienced Queens slip and fall attorney
When a slip and fall because of another party’s negligence causes serious injury, you should obtain legal advice as soon as possible. The dedicated slip and fall lawyers at Douglas & London can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Arrange a free consultation by filling out our online contact form or calling us 24/7. Since we work on a contingency basis, you do not pay a fee unless we win.