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New York City Slip and Fall Attorneys

Slips, Trips, and Falls in New York: the Basics 

Every year, thousands of victims find themselves in hospital emergency rooms after suffering serious injuries in slip and fall accidents. Sadly, these accidents continue to occur despite the fact that property owners in New York, including business owners and landlords, have a duty to use reasonable care to keep their properties reasonably safe and warn you of possible dangers—including slippery conditions.

Whether you have suffered a slip and fall injury while shopping in a store, walking in your apartment building, or simply strolling down the sidewalk, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. At Keith D. Silverstein & Associates, we understand you may be feeling overwhelmed following a slip and fall or trip and fall injury. Fortunately, we are here to help. We will walk you through the often-intimidating legal process and carefully explain your legal rights.

Where Do Slips and Falls Happen? 

A slip and fall or trip and fall accident can occur anywhere where dangerous conditions are present. This includes both private and public property, private homes and retail spaces. 

Some of the most common places where slip and fall accidents occur include: 

  • Houses
  • Apartment buildings
  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants 
  • Coffee shops 
  • Retail stores 
  • Office buildings 
  • Medical facilities 
  • Banks and financial businesses
  • Malls 
  • Public parks 
  • Sidewalks 
  • Schools and other educational institutions
  • Parking lots 

No matter where the incident occurred, you could have a personal injury claim if you were injured as a result of the property owner’s direct or indirect negligence. This includes instances in which there is a dangerous condition that the property owner either knows about or should know about yet fails to take appropriate measures to repair, remove, or warn others about. 

Who Is Responsible for a Slip and Fall Accident in New York City?

If property owners, including businesses, fail to make reasonable efforts to keep their properties safe and you suffer a slip-and-fall injury as a result, the property owners may be legally liable under the legal principle known as premises liability

To have a premises liability case, you must prove each of the following elements: 

  • You were lawfully on the property when the incident occurred, meaning you were not trespassing 
  • The property owner had a legal responsibility to maintain the property and/or remove, repair, or warn of dangerous conditions that could cause foreseeable injury
  • There was a dangerous condition on the property that the property owner either knew about or reasonably should have known about
  • The property owner failed to take reasonable and adequate steps to remove, repair, or warn others about the dangerous condition 
  • You were injured because of the dangerous property condition, and your injury led to measurable damages for which you can be compensated 
  • The dangerous condition was not so open and obvious that you could have easily avoided it or taken measures to prevent injury 

At Keith D. Silverstein & Associates, we help our clients establish liability by proving each of these elements. Our New York City slip and fall lawyers conduct thorough reviews of all available evidence to build strong cases aimed at maximizing compensation. 

What Are Dangerous Property Conditions? 

Dangerous property conditions are any conditions or hazards that pose a risk of injury. 

Some examples of dangerous property conditions that may lead to a slip and fall or trip and fall accident include: 

  • Debris in store aisles or walkways, including spilled products
  • Missing or improper signage, including warning signs
  • Slippery floors and parking lots
  • Uneven floors
  • Cracks in floors or sidewalks
  • Broken or poorly lit stairwells
  • Broken stair railings
  • Ripped or tattered carpet
  • Unsafe structures 
  • Building code violations 

If you slipped, tripped, and/or fell on someone else’s property due to a dangerous or defective condition, reach out to our team at Keith D. Silverstein & Associates right away to learn how we can help you fight for fair compensation.

Common Slip and Fall Injuries 

Although many people do not think of slip and fall accidents as being all that serious, the fact is that these incidents are a leading cause of catastrophic injury and death in the United States.

Some of the most common types of injuries resulting from slips, trips, and falls include: 

  • Head and brain injuries
  • Broken bones/fractures
  • Spine injuries 
  • Back and neck injuries 
  • Internal bleeding 
  • Serious cuts, scrapes, and bruises
  • Organ damage
  • Soft tissue injuries 
  • Crush injuries 

Many slip and fall victims require extensive medical care, and many are unable to return to work for weeks, months, or even years due to their injuries. In very severe cases, these accidents can even be fatal. 

What Types of Damages Can You Recover After a Slip and Fall Accident? 

The exact types of damages you can recover after a slip and fall or trip and fall accident depend on various factors, including the types of injuries you sustained, how severe they are, how much your medical care costs, and more. 

That being said, many people are able to recover the following types of damages after a slip, trip, and/or fall accident: 

  • Past, current, and future medical expenses
  • Past, current, and future lost income/wages
  • Past, current, and future pain and suffering
  • Loss of earning capacity and projected income
  • Diminished quality/enjoyment of life 
  • In-home assistance and care costs 
  • Miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses related to the incident

If your loved one passed away after a tragic slip and fall accident, you could be entitled to seek wrongful death damages. Get in touch with our team at Keith D. Silverstein & Associates as soon as possible to learn more about your legal rights and options. 

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What to Do After a Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident 

After slipping, tripping, and falling on someone else’s property, you should try to do the following:

  • If necessary, call 911. Otherwise, seek immediate medical attention for your injuries, even if they don’t seem serious. You should always see a doctor after a slip and fall accident.
  • Report the incident to the property owner (if possible) or a manager. Fill out an official accident report and request a copy of the report for yourself. 
  • Take pictures of the dangerous condition that led to the accident, as well as of your injuries and any other important pieces of evidence for your future personal injury claim.
  • Get the name and contact information of the property owner, as well as the name(s) and contact information of any witnesses who saw what happened. 
  • Reach out to an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal options, including your right to seek financial compensation for your injuries and related damages.

In New York, you only have three years from the date of the accident to file a slip and fall lawsuit—but the statute of limitations could be shorter in certain cases, including claims against municipal or government entities. The sooner you get in touch with our New York City slip and fall lawyers, the sooner we can begin gathering evidence and building your case.

Keith D. Silverstein & Associates has the experience, resources, and legal knowledge to effectively fight for you. Reach out to our firm today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our compassionate and highly skilled attorneys.

Contact Keith D. Silverstein & Associates today and schedule your FREE consultation with an experienced New York City slip and fall lawyer: (646) 813-3922.

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