White Plains Slip and Fall Lawyers
Personal injuries occur in many forms, but among the most common is the slip and fall. Every day, people are injured, often seriously, because a property owner neglected to keep their premises safe.
A White Plains slip and fall attorney at Douglas and London will hold the property owner responsible for your injuries accountable, and help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Negligence and Slip and Fall
Just because someone slipped and fell on a commercial or private property does not mean the owner was negligent. Further, proving that negligence requires evidence that the owner knew about the hazardous condition, but did not fix it. It all comes down to what a “reasonable” person would do under the circumstances.
For example, if the person tripped due to torn carpeting or missing flooring, how long did this exist? If long-standing, the owner should have made repairs. If the conditions existed for just a short time, such as debris creating a trip hazard in the walkway, it is harder to prove.
Ice and snow create another issue. These are certainly slip hazards, but management is not expected to clear ice and snow in the middle of a storm. However, when property defects cause hazardous ice and snow conditions, that is when the owners are usually liable.
Often, the slip and fall victim is partially responsible. Perhaps they were looking at their cellphone rather than paying complete attention to where they were going. The property owner’s insurance company is undoubtedly going to allege that the injured party bears responsibility.
However, New York law allows injured parties who were partially negligent to collect damages. The compensation is reduced by the percentage of negligence assigned by the court to the plaintiff. For example, if the court assigns the plaintiff a negligence percentage of 25 percent, in a $10,000 award, they will receive $7,500.
Slip and Fall Damages
Compensation, or damages, in a slip and fall case may include:
- Medical expenses, present, and future
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
Much will depend on the severity of the injury.
Contact our team of White Plains Slip and Fall Lawyers
A slip and fall due to a property owner’s negligence not only affects your health but might cause you to lose considerable time from work or even your job. The slip and fall lawyers at Douglas and London will evaluate your case and lets you know whether there are grounds for a lawsuit.
Schedule a free consultation today by completing our online form or calling or texting 24/7. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless you receive compensation. Hablamos Español.