How A Manhattan Slip & Fall Accident Lawyer Can Help

The premises liability laws surrounding slip-and-fall accidents can be complicated and confusing. On top of that, you are likely stressed about paying medical bills and worried about your recovery. At HKD, our experienced accident lawyers have decades of experience and the legal know-how to help you so you can focus on healing.

We’ve helped our clients recover over $500 million for their injuries. A Manhattan premises liability attorney at HKD can help you navigate the claims process and fight for you to get the compensation you deserve.

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Manhattan?

Slip and falls happen for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common reasons behind slip and falls include the following:

  • Uneven sidewalks and other walkways
  • Spilled food and beverages
  • Foreign substances on the ground, like oil
  • Garbage or debris on the ground
  • Broken escalators
  • Loose carpet, floorboards, or stairs
  • Unsecured rugs
  • Loose cords or wires on the ground
  • Uneven stairs
  • Missing guardrails and handrails
  • Unlit or dimly lit areas
  • Recently mopped or waxed floors

A slip and fall can easily occur if there is a lack of warnings or maintenance for these hazards. Your injury lawyer can determine the cause of your accident and collect evidence to prove the responsible party’s negligence.

Injuries After a Slip and Fall

After a slip and fall in a Manhattan store, business, or another property, you might’ve felt the urge to stand up, laugh it off, and hide your pain. It’s common to feel embarrassed or avoid “making a big deal.” But know that a slip and fall is a big deal and deserves to be treated as such. You could be seriously hurt.

Common injuries from a slip and fall include:

These injuries may be severe or fatal. Even if you feel fine after a slip and fall—or pretend you feel fine—seek immediate medical attention. Not only could emergency care benefit your claim later on, but it can potentially save you from permanent damage.

Common Manhattan Slip and Fall Locations

You deserve to feel safe no matter where you go in Manhattan. Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents can happen almost anywhere. Common places include:

  • Apartment buildings
  • Parking garages and lots
  • Sidewalks
  • Public parks and amusement parks
  • The subway
  • MTA buses
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Grocery stores
  • Bodegas, corner stores, and convenience stores
  • Gas stations
  • Retail stores or malls
  • Hotels and motels
  • Public pools
  • Hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and dentists’ offices
  • College campuses
  • Entertainment venues, movie theaters, and sports stadiums
  • Government buildings

Public vs. Private Property

Your fall, trip, or slip location will impact the claims process. If your fall happened on public property, a government entity like the city of New York might be responsible. You’ll have 90 days from the date of the accident to file a notice of claim with the correct government agency. Do not hesitate to contact a Manhattan premises liability attorney. They can ensure you file the claim on time so you don’t miss out on compensation.

A slip-and-fall lawyer at HKD could determine who is liable if you were hurt on private property. We may even discover that multiple people are responsible for your accident. From there, your attorney can file a personal injury claim against the negligent parties’ insurance and help get maximum compensation.

We’ll Investigate and File Your Slip & Fall Claim

It can be hard to identify the exact cause of your fall or who should be held responsible. We’ll thoroughly investigate every details and gather evidence about how you were hurt, such as what caused your fall, who was responsible, and how serious your injuries are.

Evidence in a slip-and-fall case can include photos, surveillance videos, accident reports, eyewitness statements, expert testimony, business documents, and other relevant details about the property. For instance, if we can show that a property owner ignored or neglected an obvious hazard, we can strengthen your injury claim.

Who’s Liable for a Slip & Fall Accident?

Property owners are responsible for keeping guests safe from preventable harm. This responsibility is called a duty of care. It can include inspecting the property, making repairs, and warning visitors of possible dangers.

Failing to uphold that duty makes a property owner, manager, or tenant liable for injuries. Whoever is liable should pay injury victims compensation for their damages.

To secure compensation in a premises liability case, we’ll need to prove several facts:

  • The property owner had a duty of care
  • There was a hazard on the property
  • The owner knew (or should’ve reasonably known) about the hazard
  • The owner failed to repair or warn you about the hazard
  • You were injured

Fighting for The Max Slip & Fall Compensation

HKD understands the financial burdens you’ll encounter after a severe fall. When it comes to your injuries, you deserve to focus on recovery, not worry about debt. Our team will comb through your case to calculate the amount for all your damages, including:

Most slip-and-fall accidents are resolved through an insurance settlement. But we don’t settle for less than our clients deserve. That’s why we work closely with every slip and fall victim to inform them about their case and what they can expect. HKD will also communicate with medical providers, experts, witnesses—anyone who can supplement your case. We fight hard for you to win every dollar you’re legally entitled to recover. Although most premises accident claims settle, our Manhattan personal injury attorneys can take your case to court if needed.

Manhattan Slip and Fall FAQs

What if I slipped & fell while trespassing on the property?

It could be harder to win compensation for a slip-and-fall accident if you didn’t have permission to be there. An owner or manager’s responsibility is to lawful visitors and workers. If you were trespassing, the owner doesn’t owe you the same level of safety. However, there may be exceptions. It’s helpful to consult with a slip & fall lawyer who can evaluate your case.

How much is a slip-and-fall case worth?

Compensation varies from case to case. You could earn a significant amount of money depending on the severity of your damages. Our lawyers have earned clients millions of dollars, including $3.875 million for a customer who tripped and fell and $3.5 million for a 53-year-old custodian who slipped and fell on ice.

We can evaluate your specific case and calculate the full amount you are owed.

What’s the time limit for filing a slip & fall claim?

Generally, the New York statute of limitations for premises liability claims is three years. This means you have three years from your slip and fall accident date to take legal action. Although this might seem like ample time, you may be surprised at how quickly it can fly by. Collecting evidence for your claim can take time, but luckily, a Manhattan lawyer can handle the process while you focus on recovering.

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Contact a Manhattan Slip and Fall Attorney Today

A slip-and-fall accident can have devastating consequences. If you or a loved one were hurt on a Manhattan property, you deserve to take legal action. Don’t wait. Reach out to an experienced trip and fall attorney at Hecht, Kleeger, & Damashek, P.C. today. We can approach your premises liability case with the dedication and intensity it requires.

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