Slip or Trip and Fall Accidents
Suffolk County Slip and Fall Lawyer
If you have been injured on someone else’s property due to an unsafe condition, you have the right to seek recovery from the property owner and all others who may be at fault.
In New York, property owners have a non-delegable duty to keep their property in a safe condition. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable to the full extent of the injuries and damages that are suffered as a result of their negligence.
Common Causes of Slips and Falls in New York
Common causes of slips and falls include:
- Snow and ice;
- Construction site debris;
- Spills on floors;
- Broken or uneven sidewalks;
- Broken curbs;
- Broken or poorly designed steps;
- Missing or broken handrails; and
- Inadequate lighting.
What You Need to Know if You Have Been Hurt Due to a Fall
- You should contact an injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. At our firm, we will want to begin the accident investigation immediately (preferably within 24 hours of the accident and before conditions change). We will want to take photographs and conduct an engineering inspection of the location as soon as possible.
- We will also be there to protect your interests. The property owner and their insurance company likely will begin gathering information to defend themselves on the day of the accident. If you are not represented by a lawyer, they may also try to contact you to get you to make statements against your interests, such as by trying to get you to admit some degree of fault. They will want to use these statements against you later in your case.
- In addition to our initial investigation, we will also want to obtain any police report, hire a private investigator, take statements from witnesses, examine the town’s building department file, find out if there were any similar accidents that happened in the past and hire an engineer or safety expert if this would be helpful.
- Often there are multiple parties responsible for these accidents. Property owners, landowners, lessees, management companies, maintenance companies, snow removal companies, architects, and repair contractors may all be responsible for your injuries.
- In order to properly identify the parties responsible, it is very important to retain a law firm that routinely handles slip and fall accidents and understands the intricacies of property management.
- The insurance company and their lawyers will likely deny the property owners’ liability or your injuries in order to minimize the potential payment of any damages.
- They usually argue that accident victims were not being careful and looking where they were walking. In general, they usually seek to blame the victim.
- They will contest the injuries that have been sustained. They sometimes claim that the injuries were not due to the accident, but rather due to a “pre-existing” condition.
- They will try to minimize claims for pain and suffering.
- They can be expected to take whatever other actions that may be in their best interest. They are not out to be fair or to do what is right, their goal is to save money by avoiding or minimizing any payout.
Recovering from Insurance Companies
Often, property owners, such as homeowners who have mortgages, will carry premises liability insurance that will provide coverage for various types of property liability that may occur, such as slips, trips, falls, dog bites, and other matters. When an injury occurs, one of the first matters that we will want to know is whether the property owner and others who have an interest in the property (such as renters and lessees) have insurance that may provide coverage. In some cases, we are able to achieve a full settlement with insurance companies without the need to initiate litigation. If litigation is necessary, the insurance companies will typically be required to defend their client, and to pay all damages (up to the policy limits).
If You’ve Been Injured in a Slip, Trip, or Fall, We Would Invite You to Call Us for a Free Consultation
There is no obligation for this consultation, and once we meet with you and learn about your accident, we can advise you as to your options for seeking compensation from those who may be liable. Please call us at the number above, or if you prefer, contact us through the form on this page. We can meet at your home, our office, or wherever is the most convenient location for you.
We represent injury clients and their families on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only receive a fee if we are successful in obtaining a recovery through a verdict or settlement.
“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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