Slip & Fall Accident in New York
Slip and fall accidents are a common occurrence in New York. In fact, hundreds of thousands of such accidents occur every year. Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone so it is important to know what your rights are if it happens to you.
What to Do if You Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability. These accidents are often the result of poor lighting, unmaintained floors, shoddy railings, icy sidewalks, uneven pavement, dangerous work sites, or broken stairs. However, any number of accidents can result in premises liability cases.
If you slip on something and hurt yourself, the first thing you will want to do is regain your composure. You must try to remember everything that occurred before the accident, and you must take note of your environment. If possible, file a report at the scene of the accident to document your fall and or get witness information, this will be useful later in proving cause.
Document any liquid spills or harmful materials that you see in your direct path that may have caused the fall. Next, you will want to seek medical attention for your injury. You will need to have a specialist appoint you with documentation that supports your injury, treatment plan, and costs. You may need this information later when you speak with a New York Slip & Fall Lawyer.
Calculating the Losses in a Slip and Fall Case
Landlords and businesses are required to maintain safe surroundings for the public. To prevent slip, trip and fall injuries, businesses are required to promptly clean spills, post signs warning of wet areas, properly caution patrons and passersby of broken sidewalks or walkways, nearby stairs, sudden drops, or sudden “step ups” on the floor. Failure to do so could result in liability. The element that would qualify your injury for a slip and fall case is neglect. The courts may accuse any party of neglect that fails to resolve a dangerous situation. Therefore, a business or property owner may have to compensate you for your injury.
The offending party may have to pay compensatory and punitive damages. Punitive damages are additional monies that a judge orders an offending party to pay for being overly neglectful. The judge will not award punitive damages alone. He or she must first deem you eligible for compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are funds that cover your medical expenses, wages, material losses, medications and more. The attorney will calculate the settlement figure using the documentation that you give him. Therefore, your documentation must be thorough.
Schedule an Appointment with a Slip and Fall Attorney
David B. Lever is a skilled New York slip & fall lawyer with over 24 years years of experience in personal injury cases. He will help you collect the compensation that you deserve. If you are hurt in a slip and fall accident, don’t hesitate to contact him today.
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