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New York City Slip and Fall Accidents

According to a 2017 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional falls rank near the top for injuries treated in emergency rooms across the country. Many of these slip and fall accidents are preventable, but victims still suffer physically, emotionally, and financially. Fortunately, New York law allows you to seek compensation for your losses. The claims process can be highly complex, so it’s important to trust a New York premises liability lawyer to assist with your case.

With decades of combined experience in all personal injury matters, Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. is prepared to take on the challenges presented by slip and fall cases. Insurance companies aggressively fight these claims, so you are putting your rights at risk unless you have skilled representation. To learn more about how our NYC slip and fall lawyers can assist with your case, please contact our office to schedule a free case evaluation.

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Common Causes of NYC Slip and Falls

Trips, slips, and falls can occur under a number of circumstances, including:

  • Uneven sidewalks or other walking surfaces
  • Spilled liquids or food on the ground
  • Loose carpet or floorboards
  • Lack of handrails on staircases
  • Poor or dimly-lit areas
  • Slick or recently mopped floors

If you know what caused your fall, it’s important to let your attorney know. If you’re unsure of the cause, reach out to an NYC lawyer at our firm to learn more about your options moving forward.

Slip and Fall Injuries

While some slip and falls cause minor harm such as scrapes or small bruises, other trips might lead to serious injuries like:

  • Broken bones
  • Damage to your spinal cord
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Knee and Shoulder Injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

This is not an exhaustive list. If you’ve incurred harm of any sort in a slip and fall accident, it’s important to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. If the negligence of another caused your accident, you might be able to obtain compensation for your damages. When you’re facing a mountain of medical bills and don’t know where to turn, contact the NYC slip and fall lawyers at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. for help.

Liability in Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents live under the area of premises liability. By law, property owners are required to maintain their spaces in a reasonably safe condition for those who enter. If they don’t, they may be liable to pay the losses for a victim who incurs injuries because they failed to comply with their legal duty.

To better understand how a property owner may breach the duty to keep the premises safe, some examples may be useful.

  • The owner of an office building neglects to repair broken pavement at the entrance. That person or entity could be responsible if you trip or fall on the uneven sidewalk.
  • A grocery store owner notices a puddle of moisture near the frozen food section, but fails to mop it up. You don’t notice the hazard, and you’re injured when you slip across the slick surface. The owner may be liable to pay for your losses.

While liability may seem clear in a slip and fall case, certain factors can complicate your claim. Plus, there may be multiple potential parties in a premises liability case, including an owner, operator, property manager, landlord, tenant, and many more. For these reasons, it’s essential to retain a New York slip and fall lawyer to represent you.

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Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries

With the help of an NYC slip and fall lawyer, you may be eligible for monetary damages such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish

Insurance Claims

Your first step in a slip and fall case is to file a claim with the insurance company that provides liability coverage for the property or business owner who is responsible for your accident. In some cases, it may be possible to reach a slip and fall settlement to resolve your claim. However, an insurer may fight your claim by disputing the facts or severity of your injuries. Insurance companies are motivated to protect their own bottom line, and your claim is a threat to profits.

When you retain slip and fall attorney, you can feel confident that your interests are protected. Lawyers know the tactics claims adjusters use to justify a denial or a low payout on your claim.

Litigation

If the insurer refuses to pay a fair, reasonable amount of compensation to settle your claim, it may be necessary to file a slip and fall lawsuit in court. Working with an attorney is critical in litigation, especially considering the complicated legal concepts, New York statutes, court rules, and other issues.

Work with Experienced NYC Slip and Fall Lawyers

If you slipped and fell, or sustained other injuries due to dangerous conditions on another party’s property, Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. can help. We will handle calls with insurers and the other party’s legal representation. During the aftermath of a trip and fall, it’s important that you concentrate on your health and recovery – let us handle the rest.

To schedule a free case consultation with our NYC slip and fall lawyers, call 212-490-5700“>212-490-5700 today, or reach out through the online form.

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