Slip or Trip and Fall Accidents
Attorneys Experienced With Slip and Fall Accidents
If you have been injured on someone else’s property due to an unsafe condition, The Law Office of Carl Maltese can help you seek legal damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and other associated costs.
In New York, residential and commercial property owners have the sole responsibility for maintaining safe conditions. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable to the full extent of the injuries and damages that occur as a result of their negligence.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in New York
Slip and fall accidents often result from conditions such as:
- Icy or snow-covered surfaces
- Construction site debris
- Wet floors
- Broken or damaged curbs, sidewalks, or driveways
- Poorly designed or broken steps
- Missing or broken handrails
- Inadequate lighting
The home or business owner is responsible for correcting these issues to prevent slip and fall accidents.
The Slip and Fall Claims Process
You should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. At our firm, we begin the accident investigation immediately, preferably within 24 hours of the accident and before conditions change. We will conduct an engineering inspection of the location and take photographs to gather evidence in the case.
As your attorney, we are committed to protecting your interests. The property owner and their insurance company likely began building a defense on the day of the accident. If you are not represented by a lawyer, they may contact you to make statements against your interests. For example, the insurance company may ask you to admit some degree of fault. They will use these statements against you later in your case.
After the initial investigation, we will obtain the police report, hire a private investigator, take statements from witnesses, examine the town’s building department file, research similar accidents that happened in the past, and hire an engineer or safety expert, if necessary.
Often, multiple parties are responsible for slip and fall accidents. Property owners, landowners, lessees, management companies, maintenance companies, snow removal companies, architects, and repair contractors may have legal liability for your injuries. As a law firm that routinely handles slip and fall accidents, we understand the intricacies of property management and can seek compensation from the legally liable parties.
The insurance company and their lawyers often deny the property owners’ liability of your injuries to minimize their financial liability. They may argue that accident victims acted carelessly, were distracted, or otherwise contributed to their injury.
They may also contest the injuries that have been sustained. For example, the defense may claim that the injuries were caused by a pre-existing condition and not by the fall on their premises. They may also try to minimize claims for pain and suffering. You need legal representation on your side because insurance companies act only in their best interest to limit their potential payout in a slip and fall case.
Recovering From Insurance Companies
Homeowners often carry premises liability insurance to cover incidents that occur on their property such as slips, trips, falls, and dog bites. When you retain our services, we will determine whether the renter, homeowner, or business owner had this type of insurance. In some cases, we can achieve a full settlement for your losses through negotiations with the insurance company instead of pursuing litigation. If litigation is necessary, the insurance company is typically required to defend their client and pay all damages up to the policy limits.
Call Us for a Free Consultation
Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident? The Law Office of Carl Maltese will take the time to learn about the circumstances of your accident and provide advice about seeking compensation from the responsible parties. We represent injured clients and their families on a contingency fee basis, which means that we only receive a fee if we are successful in obtaining a recovery through a verdict or settlement. Contact us at (631) 543-8811 for a free, no-obligation consultation at your home, our office in Smithtown, or another convenient location.
“The office of Carl Maltese handled my accident case a few years ago. I had slipped on the ice and injured my shoulder. They saw to it that I received the best care all through my rehab. When my case was settled I was very happy with my settlement. This law office is top notch showing true professionalism. The staff is courteous and helpful. I highly recommend this law firm to handle any legal matters you may have.👍 “
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