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NEW YORK CITY SLIP AND FALL LAWYER
Slip and falls can cause very serious injuries, resulting in extensive medical expenses. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property in New York, it may be advisable to explore your legal options for compensation. Our experienced premises liability lawyers at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP in New York City can tell you what damages you may be entitled to claim.
How Slip and Fall Accidents Occur in New York City
According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slip and falls account for one million hospital emergency room visits every year in the U.S. – making up 12% of all falls in the country. In New York City, a slip and fall can happen anywhere – in a store or restaurant, on a sidewalk, in a parking lot, at a friend’s home, on the job, or in a private or public building. Common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet, just mopped floors
- Leaky plumbing
- Bathroom leaks
- Floors that are slippery from grease or spills
- Debris in the walkways
- Unmarked dropdowns
- Missing handrails
- Loose mats
- Recently waxed floors
- Weather conditions (rain, snow, and ice)
Compensation in a New York Slip and Fall Accident
When a property or manager fails to rectify dangerous conditions on a walking surface that results in a slip and fall accident, the injured person has the right to pursue a claim for compensation. The damages pursued may include medical expenses, lost wages or earnings, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. When a slip and fall accident results in death, specific family members can file a wrongful death claim.
Comparative Negligence In New York Slip and Fall Cases
Accident and injury law in New York involves the doctrine of comparative negligence. This means that when you file a claim or lawsuit to recover compensation after a slip and fall accident, the property owner or its insurance company will likely argue that you share some percentage of fault for the accident. For example, the argument may be that you were not paying attention, you were wearing inappropriate on unsafe footwear, or you were on a part of the property where visitors are not normally allowed.
If opposing arguments are successful and you are determined to have some percentage of fault, your compensation will be reduced accordingly. For example, if a jury finds that you are 10% responsible for the accident and your damages amount to $100,000, that amount will be reduced by 10% and your award will become $90,000.
What Must Be Proven in a Slip and Fall Claim
To obtain compensation for slip and fall injuries based on property owner negligence, there are certain points that must be proven. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you show that:
- The property owner had a duty to you (which varies, depending on the reason you were on the property).
- The property owner breached that duty by not making the property safe or warning you of the danger.
- You were harmed as a result of the property owner’s negligence.
- You are entitled to compensation for losses resulting from the harm caused.
Our premises liability lawyers at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP in New York City can negotiate skillfully on your behalf or take your case to court if necessary. We are trial lawyers and tough advocates for injured New York people. Collectively, we have recovered a billion dollars in settlements and awards for our clients.
Contact our New York personal injury lawyer if you or a loved one has been seriously injured while at the premises of another party. We work on a contingency fee basis – you don’t pay any fees unless we win.