New York City Slip and Fall Attorney

New York City Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawyers

Property owners have a legal obligation for the reasonable safety of people who might visit their premises, i.e., buildings and grounds. The owner, often through a manager and/or staff at commercial properties, is expected to ensure the premises is free of safety hazards or that existing hazards are marked in a manner that would sufficiently warn a reasonable person about the danger. If a property owner neglects this obligation and someone falls and is hurt, the injured person may pursue compensation.

If you or a loved one has been injured or disabled due to dangerous conditions on public or private property, you need to speak with the dedicate New York City slip-and-fall attorneys at Zlotolow & Associates. With more than two decades of experience, our lawyers have helped countless individuals and families obtain the full and fair compensation they deserved after serious accidents. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we may be able to help you pursue compensation for:

  • Medical bills, including payment for future treatments
  • Lost income, including unrealized future earnings
  • Pain and suffering, including loss of consortium or companionship
  • Funeral and burial expenses if you lost a loved one in a fatal fall
  • Punitive damages in cases involving extreme misconduct

Speak to a knowledgeable NYC slip-and-fall lawyer today in a free legal consultation. We do not charge any legal fees to get started on your case. In fact, you only pay us if and when we win compensation for you.

What Do You Have to Prove in a Slip-and-Fall Claim?

For many victims, a slip-and-fall case may seem clear cut. However, there are certain elements that must be established in order for a personal injury claim to be successful, and evidence of what caused your fall can disappear quickly. Our lawyers will need to be able to show that:

  • You were on the premises legally (i.e., you were not trespassing).
  • A hazardous condition on the premises caused your fall.
  • Your fall caused your injury.
  • The property owner knew about or should have known about the hazardous condition and failed to mitigate its danger in a timely manner, either through cleanup, repair, or an adequate warning.
  • The existence of the hazard was not so obvious that a reasonable person would have realized that he or she should steer clear.

Many slip-and-fall accident claims hinge on what’s “reasonable” and “timely.” For example, store owners must be allowed a reasonable amount of time to realize a hazard exists and then to clean it up, such as the puddle from a bottle of sauce that fell from a grocery store shelf. In another example, a store or condo complex owner must be allowed a reasonable amount of time after snow or freezing rain stops falling to de-ice or shovel a sidewalk. At the same time, a reasonable person would know not to run down a potentially icy sidewalk or across a parking lot, into a building where floors may be wet from tracked-in rain or snow.

Additionally, the property owner’s insurance company may argue that the victim was partially to blame for the fall, for example, if a person was looking at a text message when the fall occurred. The insurance company will want to shift as much of the blame as possible onto the victim because “contributory negligence” rules allow compensation to be reduced depending on the role the victim played in the accident.

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How Our Slip-and-Fall Attorneys Can Help You

You can be certain that property owners, through their insurance company’s lawyers, will challenge your claim for compensation. This makes it crucial to contact our dedicated premises liability lawyers as soon as possible after being injured in a slip-and-fall accident. As your attorneys, Zlotolow & Associates will:

  • Investigate to gather all the evidence about your accident. We can move to secure evidence before it is destroyed or “lost,” or before a previously negligent property owner moves to repair the hazard that caused your accident.
  • Seek to obtain surveillance camera footage of accidents that happen on commercial or public property. This footage can also help to illustrate how long a hazard existed and how people responsible for the hazard dealt with it or neglected it.
  • Add up all of your costs and losses, including medical bills and loss of work up to now, as well as make projections for anticipated medical needs and any future income losses due to long-term injuries or disability. In cases of disability, we have medical and financial experts we routinely work with examine your records and provide us with detailed reports to substantiate your costs and losses.
  • Obtain statements from you and others, including anyone with you when you fell, as well as friends, family, and others who have witnessed your struggles since you were injured. Evidence of what you have been put through, including progress and setbacks in your recovery, any family gatherings or special occasions you may have missed because of your injuries, and other information will be part of the picture we paint of your pain and suffering.
  • Press the property owner and the insurance company for full and fair compensation. With our experience and knowledge of the law, we will build a strong case that stresses your losses and the property owner’s duty to you while mitigating the impact of any evidence or arguments made by the property owner’s lawyers against your case.

Our NYC slip-and-fall attorneys are hard-nosed negotiators. We do not shy away from a fight, and we do not recommend accepting settlements that fall short of what our clients truly deserve. Schedule a free consultation with our team today.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my case take?

The amount of time it takes to resolve your case will depend on multiple factors. First, it is important that you take the time you need to heal. Once you reach maximum medical improvement, we will be able to estimate the extent of your damages. Second, you are the one who decides when you want to settle or go to court. Our attorneys will present you with every settlement offer and explain whether we feel you are owed more. We will negotiate aggressively and be prepared to take your claim before a judge and jury, if necessary. But a lawsuit does take time, and it is ultimately your decision on how you want to proceed.

What will my lawyer handle for me?

Our full-service personal injury law firm will handle all aspects of your claim, including communicating with the insurance company, filing your property damage claim, and keeping track of your medical records. We will also launch our own investigation into the cause of your accident to identify every possible source of compensation. And we will bring in medical experts and financial professionals to help evaluate your claim and determine what full and fair compensation should be.

What will I have to do for my personal injury case?

You need to stay focused on your health. Make sure you follow your doctor’s orders and make it to all your appointments. Start a journal to document how your injury is affecting your everyday life, both physically and emotionally. And protect your privacy by taking a break from social media and not talking about your case.

Dangerous Conditions That May Lead to Falls

There are numerous reasons a person may slip or trip and fall and be injured. The fall accidents our legal team sees are often caused by:

  • Wet floors made slippery by spilled liquids, tracked-in rain or snow, recent mopping, buffing, waxing, etc.
  • Sidewalks covered in snow, ice, slush, etc.
  • Potholes in parking lots or overgrown lawns or lots
  • Clutter, trash, or debris in store aisles, corridors, sidewalks, and other walkways
  • Damaged or loose flooring, carpet, rugs, mats, tile, paving stones, stair treads, handrails, etc.
  • Poor lighting in stairwells, parking garages, corridors, etc.
  • Elevators and escalators starting or stopping abruptly or failing to align with the floor.

If you have been hurt in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident, schedule a free consultation with our skilled personal injury attorneys today to discuss your options for pursuing the compensation you need to recover.

Contact Our NYC Slip-and-Fall Accident Lawyers Today

Contact Zlotolow & Associates now to schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation about injuries suffered in a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident. We will evaluate your claim and lay out all your legal options. We serve clients located in New York City, Sayville, The Bronx, Long Island, Suffolk County, Nassau County, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.

If our law firm pursues a claim on your behalf, we will only charge legal fees if and when we recover compensation for you. Don’t wait. Call us now or fill out our online form to learn how our team can make a difference in your financial future.

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