New York Slip and Fall Lawyer

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A slip and fall accident commonly occurs as a result of unsafe or dangerous conditions on public or private property. Often, these conditions are the result of negligence on the part of the property owner. In the wake of a serious injury, an experienced slip and fall lawyer at Douglas & London can protect your rights to monetary compensation.

Whether the fall took place in a business, home, government building, or store, our legal team will investigate the circumstances to determine liability, and take appropriate measures to ensure victims are properly compensated by negligent parties.

Douglas & London attorneys have helped our clients collect millions in restitution following slip and fall accidents. Due to the complex nature of premises liability claims in New York, it pays to align yourself with a reputable law firm that can stand up to insurance companies and maximize your chances of recovering fair reparations.

Douglas & London provides sound legal advice and can quickly assess if you have the elements of a successful slip and fall claim.

How Can a New York City Slip and Fall Lawyer Help Me with My Accident Lawsuit? 

The sad fact is that many slip and fall accidents could have been prevented if property owners and managers had taken more care in addressing obvious hazards. When an “accident” is no accident because it was caused by someone else’s careless negligence, our New York City slip and fall accident lawyers are ready to step in and see that justice is done on your behalf. We take the burden of litigation off your shoulders and fight hard to protect your right to maximum compensation.  

We’re extremely confident that our skills, work ethic, and resources will get the job done, which is why we work on a contingency basis – you owe us no fees at all until we win your case. Here are some of the ways we can assist you. 

Assess the Value of Your Damages

Our team of experienced New York City slip and fall lawyers will meticulously evaluate the total sum of your damages to determine what full and fair compensation will look like in your case. We will use forensic experts to quantify tangible costs (such as medical expenses and lost wages) and intangible losses (like pain and suffering). This assessment helps us set a baseline before negotiating with negligent parties and their insurance companies. 

Build a Strong Case

We thoroughly investigate every aspect of your case and we’re relentless when it comes to gathering all the evidence needed to prove the other party’s fault. We use medical experts, crash recreationists, forensic accountants, ex-law enforcement investigators, and other top-level expert witnesses to build strong legal arguments and clear, compelling narratives about what happened that the other side can’t create any doubt over. 

Negotiate with Negligent Parties

Most cases settle out of court. When they do, it saves a lot of time and money that would otherwise go to extending the legal process to a trial. Our attorneys bring world-class negotiating skills to the table to help secure the favorable outcome you deserve. It’s no accident that our attorneys have obtained over $16 billion in settlements and jury awards for their clients. We don’t accept low-ball offers. If negotiations fail, we are prepared to go to court to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. 

Do I Have a Case to Take to a New York Slip and Fall Attorney?

Many factors go into whether or not an injured party can hold someone else legally accountable for the damages they sustained in a slip and fall incident. The law is complex in these matters and a lot depends on the unique circumstances of each individual case. This is why it’s so important to have your matter reviewed by a knowledgeable attorney who has years of experience handling these types of cases.  

Sometimes an incident that seems straightforward to the injured party may involve legal complexities that a layperson not familiar with personal injury litigation could not anticipate. Likewise, you should never automatically assume that you DON’T have a case and talk yourself out of pursuing the compensation that you are rightfully owed under the law.  

The best course of action is to reach out to a seasoned attorney who can walk you through all the ins and outs and give you an honest assessment of the strengths (and weaknesses) of your case and its estimated value.   

When you suffer a serious slip and fall injury on someone else’s property, it’s not always easy or even possible to collect evidence at the scene. That’s okay – your first priority should be making sure you’re okay and getting medical attention. Our dedicated lawyers are ready to track down whatever evidence is needed in the days, weeks, and months following your incident. However, the more evidence you can collect on the scene, the sooner we can bring your claim to a satisfying resolution. Such case evidence can include:

  • Photos/videos of the fall location as it was when you were injured 
  • Eyewitness testimony from those who saw it happen or who witnessed the hazard that caused your slip/trip and fall  
  • Incident reports from police or property managers 
  • Surveillance footage 

If someone else’s negligence was responsible for your slip and fall injury, then yes, you have a case for compensation. But winning won’t be easy unless you have a tough, dedicated New York slip and fall lawyer on your side. You owe it to yourself to reach out to Douglas & London for a 100% free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about your options. 

Proving Negligence After Slips, Trips, and Falls

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 4 weeks away from work. Proving negligence is the key to collecting compensation in a slip and fall lawsuit.

Your NYC personal injury lawyer must prove three elements. First, that you had a right to be on the property, and were not trespassing. Second, that the owner was negligent in some aspect regarding the upkeep of the property, resulting in a hazardous condition. Third, that this negligence caused your injury, resulting in losses.

New York property owners have certain duties to ensure their premises are reasonably safe, but a slip and fall accident doesn’t guarantee a legal claim. For example, a container of cooking oil falls and breaks in a store, causing you to fall immediately afterward. This would not be considered negligence because the employees did not have time to become aware of the problem and take measures to remedy the situation. However, if it can be proven that an employee was aware of the spill but failed to clean it or provide adequate warning, the property owner may be held liable.

If a property owner is aware of a potential danger – such as spilled liquid or a recently waxed floor – and provides adequate notice, he or she cannot be considered negligent. If they had knowledge of the hazard but made no repairs or attempts to alert patrons and guests, he or she may be liable for any injuries that result.

Injuries Stemming from Slip and Falls

Slip and fall accidents can result in catastrophic harm, especially among the elderly, who are more likely to develop additional health complications. In New York, the law allows victims to seek legal redress from any parties who contributed to slip and fall injuries such as:

It’s no secret that insurance companies will attempt to deny or undervalue a claim, but our attorneys are well-versed in these tactics. We leverage our knowledge and resources to preserve compelling evidence and secure expert testimony, allowing clients to recover the full compensation they deserve, even if they partially share fault for the accident.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

According to the NY Department of Health, the majority of falls are not accidental but are associated with recognizable risk factors. Some of the most 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
  • Uneven or broken sidewalks
  • Loose extension cords
  • Rugs or carpets that are not secured
  • Broken or damaged stair treads
  • Loose or broken floorboards
  • Damaged thresholds
  • Failure to take necessary steps to remove snow, ice, or other hazards from walkways

Time Limits for Filing a NY Slip and Fall Lawsuit

In New York, the statute of limitations for filing a slip and fall claim is three years from the date the injury took place. If you fell and were injured in a public park, or another property managed by the City or municipality, the filing deadlines are shorter. Whether the potential defendant is a government entity or a private landholder, always seek legal counsel from a qualified personal injury attorney who can protect your right to pursue civil justice.

How Much Is My Slip and Fall Case Worth?

Slip and fall settlements can range dramatically from case to case, depending on the nature and severity of the injuries sustained. The amount of damages recovered will hinge largely on the amount of supporting evidence presented, and the total value of your economic and non-economic losses.

As seasoned negotiators with ample trial experience, Douglas & London attorneys can maximize the value of a slip and fall claim, ensuring that a settlement or verdict takes into account the following:

  • Medical and hospital expenses
  • Lost wages and income
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Rehabilitation costs

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New York Slip and Fall Attorneys You Can Depend On

If you or a loved one were injured on someone else’s property, you may have a viable claim for monetary damages. There is no cost to speak with an experienced NYC personal injury attorney at Douglas & London about your case, and our veteran legal team offers tenacious advocacy on a contingency-fee basis, meaning there are zero upfront costs. Explore your legal rights by reaching out for a complimentary case evaluation.