West Village Slip and Fall Lawyers
Slip and fall accidents can result in serious, even permanent injuries, and many of them are avoidable. Had a property owner maintained their premises properly, it is likely you would not have tripped and fallen due to a broken stair, ripped carpeting, or missing flooring. This area of the law is known as premises liability.
Because of the slip and fall, you faced considerable medical expenses and had to take time off work to recuperate. Perhaps you lost your job due to the injury, or your injuries were so severe you may not work again.
A West Village slip and fall attorney at Douglas and London can hold those responsible for your injuries accountable. After investigating your case, we will determine which parties were liable.
Slip and Fall Causes
Slip and falls occur for a variety of reasons, and each situation is different. The bottom line is that the accident could’ve been avoided– had the property owner met their obligation to keep the premises safe.
Common slip and fall causes include:
- Clutter or debris in walkways
- Uneven pavement
- Wet areas
- Loose flooring or carpeting
- Inadequate lighting
A property owner will argue that the injured person is responsible for the fall, and in many cases, that is true. However, even if the injured party is partly responsible –such as wearing less than ideal footwear– that does not mean the owner is not liable, too. That is why solid documentation is crucial.
Actions to Take
After a slip and fall, taking prompt action is critical. If possible, photograph the accident scene and your injuries. Report the accident to the owner or manager. If it takes place on a commercial property, ask to fill out the company’s accident report form. Follow these procedures, even if you do not think you were badly hurt.
Always seek medical attention. Go to the emergency room if seriously hurt or visit an urgent care facility. Failure to visit a doctor immediately will cause the insurance company to allege the slip and fall did not cause your injury or that it was a pre-existing condition. Some injuries may not appear right away but going to the doctor days later will harm your claim.
Slip and Fall Damages
Damages or compensation may include:
- Medical expenses, current, and future
- Lost wages
- Lost future income
- Pain and suffering
Contact our team of West Village Slip and Fall Lawyers
If a property owner’s negligence causes you or a loved one to suffer a serious injury, the slip and fall lawyers at Douglas and London can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Call or text us 24/7 to schedule a free consultation or submit our online contact form. After reviewing your claim, we will let you know whether you have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. If you do have such grounds, we work on a contingency basis, so there is no fee unless you receive compensation. Hablamos Español.