Victims of slip, trip, and fall accidents often have many questions about their accidents and their legal options. As a result, we have created a list of some of the most common questions that we hear from our slip, trip, and fall clients. This list of questions and answers is intended to help you better understand slip, trip and fall accidents, however, each case is unique and we encourage you to contact us to speak with an experienced lawyer about the specific details of your accident. You can also find more information in our slip, trip, and fall resource center here.
Can I Sue After A Slip, Trip & Fall Accident?
If you were injured in either a slip and fall or a trip and fall accident you may be able to recover compensation in a premises liability lawsuit. Your ability to successfully recover money for your damages will depend on several factors including the type of accident, cause of the accident, location of the accident and your ability to prove negligence in court. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will help you understand all of these factors involved in a premises liability case and maximize your chances of recover compensation.
What Is Premises Liability?
Premises liability is a legal term that refers to the responsibility of a property owner to maintain a reasonable level of safety on his or her property for others. When the owner or manager of a property fails to maintain a what is considered to be a reasonably safe environment or acts negligently in some way, he or she may be held liable for any injuries that occur in a premises liability lawsuit. Negligence is a contributing factor in many slip, trip, and fall accidents so premises liability often comes into play.
What Are The Most Common Types of Accidents?
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and can be caused by a variety of different factors. The type of slip and fall accident that occurs can often help in determining the liable party or parties. A few of the most common types of slip and fall accidents include:
- Falls on Snow or Ice
- Falls on Sidewalks
- Falls at Work
- Falls in Apartment Buildings
- Falls in Stores & Supermarkets
What Causes Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents?
A slip and fall accident can be caused by a variety of different factors, however, most of these accidents are the result of a hazardous object or condition on the ground. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors
- Oily floors
- snowy or icy sidewalks
- worn areas or walking surfaces
Similarly, the causes of trip and fall accident can vary, however, there is usually an object or hazardous condition involved. Some of the most common causes of trip and fall accidents include:
- Poorly lit walking areas
- Unmarked walking hazards
- Uneven flooring or surface
- Protruding flooring, rug or carpet
- Defective staircases
- loose or broken sidewalks
What Should I Do After A Slip & Fall or Trip & Fall Accident?
The steps that you take after a slip and fall, or trip and fall accident can be crucial to your success in recovering both physically, as well as financially, from your injuries If you slipped or tripped and suffered an injury follow these steps:
1.) Regain Your Composure
The first thing you will want to do after a fall 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 get witness information. This will be useful later in proving cause.
2.) Seek Medical Attention
It is very important to seek medical attention after any accident involving a serious fall. Even if you do not believe you were injured you should still schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional of your choice to be examined for any possible injuries. Sometimes it can weeks or months for certain injuries to show up and by that time it will be too late. You should also ask for a copy of any reports and bills associated with your visit to the hospital.
3.) Contact An Experienced Slip, Trip and Fall Attorney
Once you have received proper medical attention for any injuries, you should collect all relevant documentation and contact an experienced slip, trip and fall lawyer. Our qualified attorneys will help you take all of the necessary steps to recover physically and financially from your accident.
How Much Money Can I Recover In A Lawsuit?
Each case is unique and the amount of compensation that you are able to recover for your injuries will vary depending on several factors. The cause of the accident, the extent of your injuries, and your ability to prove liability are all factors which can contribute to the amount of money that you are able to recover in a premises liability case. That being said, victims who are injured in slip, trip, and fall accidents are typically able to recover compensation for medical expenses and loss of earnings.
What Is The Statute of Limitations For A Premises Liability Case?
The statute of limitations for personal injury cases involving premises liability is three years in the State of New York. In other words, victims of slip, trip, and fall accidents have three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the responsible parties. However, it is important to begin the legal process as early as possible to maximize your chances of being rightfully compensated for your damages. If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact us today to begin the process of filing a personal injury lawsuit.