Slip and Fall Attorneys
A slip and fall accident commonly occurs as a result of unsafe or dangerous conditions on a public or private property. Often, these conditions are the result of negligence on the part of the property owner. If you have been injured in a location such as a business, home, government building, or store, the slip and fall attorneys with Douglas & London in New York, NY, can ensure that you are appropriately compensated. Slip and fall accidents often result in serious injuries requiring costly medical care. Although our office is located in Manhattan, we also represent clients in The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. To schedule a consultation with a member of our team of attorneys, call us at (212) 566-7500 or send an inquiry online.
“Our attorneys have helped clients collect millions in restitution following slip and fall injuries.”
Slip and fall victims can face insurmountable losses unless they take legal action. In addition to requiring considerable medical attention, 22 percent of slip and fall accidents require at least a month away from work. Proving negligence is the key to collecting compensation. In a premises liability case, you must prove three things. First, you must prove that you had a right to be on the property. Second, you must prove that the owner was negligent in some aspect regarding the upkeep of the property, resulting in unsafe conditions. Third, you must prove that this negligence caused your injury.
If a container of cooking oil falls and breaks in a store, causing you to slip and fall immediately afterward, this would not be considered negligence because the staff did not have time to react. However, if it can be proven that an employee was aware of the spill but failed to clean it or provide a warning, the property owner may be held liable.
If the property owner is aware of the unsafe conditions and provides adequate warning, he or she cannot be considered negligent. If, however, he or she is aware of the unsafe conditions but has not made any repairs or any attempts to provide proper warnings, he or she may be liable for the injuries you have suffered.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Some common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Floors that are wet or oily, either due to some form of a leak or a product spill
- Loose extension cords
- Rugs or carpets that are not secured
- Loose or broken floorboards
- Damaged thresholds
- Damaged or broken sidewalk or steps
- Failure to take necessary steps to remove snow, ice, or other hazards from walkways
You Need an Attorney
After a slip and fall accident, a claim is filed with the property owner’s insurance company. Insurance companies almost always try to settle claims for far less than the injured party truly deserves. To ensure that you receive an appropriate settlement from the property owner and his or her insurance company, it is critical to work with an attorney who has handled many premises liability cases. Our attorneys have helped clients collect millions in restitution following slip and fall injuries. They can prove that the property owner’s negligence caused your injury so that you can recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses incurred as a result of your injury
- Lost wages if your injury kept you from going to work
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering because of your injury
If you or a loved one was injured on someone else’s property, you have the right to hold the property owner responsible for your injuries. Contact Douglas & London with an electronic message or call (212) 566-7500 to schedule your free consultation.