Staten Island Slip and Fall Lawyer
You intended to pick up a few things at the supermarket. Because of poor parking lot maintenance, you slip in a hole, and emergency personnel pick you up to go to the hospital. Because of this injury, you are out of work for months with limited mobility. As your medical and other bills pile up, you worry about how you will pay your rent or feed your family.
The above is just one emblematic example of how a severe slip and fall injury can unexpectedly occur and seriously transform the future of your health and finances. A Staten Island slip and fall attorney at Douglas and London can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our dedicated lawyers have collected $18 billion in settlements and verdicts for victims of negligence.
Slip and fall accidents involve the concept of premises liability, which means a property owner was negligent in allowing some type of unsafe condition to exist. For example, if an employee mops a floor in a store but no warning signs are posted or the area is not cordoned off, when someone slips and hurts themselves, the store is often negligent. However, if another customer drops a bottle containing liquid and it shatters, causing another person to slip and fall immediately, that is not negligence on the store owner or management’s part.
That is because when a slip and fall takes place on a property, it does not automatically mean the store owner or other entity was negligent. The injured party must prove that the owner’s negligence resulted in the unsafe situation. He or she must also prove that the injuries resulted from this negligence. The person must also have had the right to be on the property, meaning they were not trespassing. That is why obtaining legal advice soon after a slip and fall injury is critical.
What to do after a slip and fall
Evidence is crucial in a slip and fall. If possible, use your smartphone to take videos or photographs of the scene, as well as your injuries. Report the fall to the owner or manager of the property right away. Always seek prompt medical attention. Failure to do so allows the insurance company to allege the injuries are less serious or that the incident occurred elsewhere.
If you are too badly hurt to collect evidence, ask a relative or friend to go the scene and take photos as soon as possible.
Slip and fall damages
Damages, or compensation, in a slip and fall may include:
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Contact Staten Island slip and fall lawyers
If you or someone you know were injured in a slip and fall accident because of a property owner’s negligence, you need the services of the experienced slip and fall lawyers of Douglas and London. Schedule a free consultation by calling 24/7 or completing our online contact form. We will review the circumstances of your slip and fall and determine if you have a case. While the overwhelming majority of cases are settled, we will head to court if the insurance company does not offer a reasonable settlement. There is no fee unless we win.