Trip, slip and fall accidents happen every day in New York. They occur in stores, on the sidewalk, in homes, at businesses, on stairs, escalators, elevators, parking lots, gas stations, restaurants, theaters, malls, parks, playgrounds and just about anywhere.
These accidents stem from a variety of causes, including but not limited to slippery substances on the floor, uneven carpets or flooring, defective surfaces, handrails that do not meet regulatory requirements, icy streets, potholes, inadequate lighting, inadequate security and lack of property maintenance.
Trip, slip and fall cases fall under the general category of premises liability. Basically, the owner or occupiers of property have a duty to exercise reasonable care to maintain their premises, ensure their property is safe, inspect for hazardous conditions and warn people about potentially dangerous areas.
Sometimes the town, municipality, state or other public entity is responsible for the dangerous condition(s) and can be held liable. It is important to be aware that specific rules and regulations may apply in these cases, such as shorter statutes of limitation and the need for prior written notice. In these cases, it is very important to contact a personal injury attorney with expertise in this area right away.
In some cases, an employee may sustain an injury at work. In this case, there may be a workers’ compensation or construction accident claim regardless of who was to blame for the accident. In addition, there may also be the potential for additional compensation from a premises liability and personal injury claim if a third party is at fault. For instance, if you were an employee injured from a slip and fall on the job, and our premises liability attorneys discover that someone’s negligence or failure to act was at least partly to blame, then you might have both a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury claim. Contacting a New York personal injury attorney who has experience in both of these areas is vital to protecting your rights and obtaining maximum compensation.
Sullivan Law is experienced in the complexity of premises liability law and has successfully represented clients in slip and fall accidents throughout New York and the tri-state area. We have the skills and resources to fully investigate the circumstances of your accident and hire accident reconstruction experts, engineers, photographers, & defective premises experts to ensure a thorough, comprehensive approach toward winning your case.
However, it is important to act quickly. The sooner we can obtain witness statements, take photographs of property defects before repair, and file the documents required before the statutes of limitation deadlines, the better.
Contact the New York City premises lawyers at the Sullivan Law (212) 566-8860 to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you be properly and fully compensated for your injuries.