Slipping and falling on a wet floor can be a traumatic experience. Such an accident can cause serious injuries and a victim could require months of recovery time. Whether we’re talking about a store, an office, or someone’s home, it’s the responsibility of the parties who manage a property to keep it safe. When people do not keep the premises safe for people invited onto their property, they could be sued for damages. A New York slip and fall lawyer from our firm may be able to help you.

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What Injuries Can a Fall on a Wet Floor Cause?

A slip and fall can be dangerous for anyone, but it can be especially dangerous for older accident victims. They could be more seriously injured and face longer recovery times for injuries like broken hips. Common injuries caused by falls on wet floors include:

  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
  • Concussions
  • Organ damage
  • Internal bleeding

Many people also experience psychological issues and some victims experience a fear of falling after an accident. These mental health problems can prevent someone from enjoying life to the fullest and taking part in activities they would be fully capable of performing.

What Should I Do After a Fall on a Wet Floor?

After a fall on a wet floor, you should start thinking about how to protect yourself and leave open an option to sue for damages. You should:

  • Take pictures of the accident scene and your injuries
  • Get contact information from anyone who witnessed the fall
  • Fill out a store incident report if given the opportunity
  • Review all of the details of the incident report and get a copy of your own
  • Get medical care right away
  • Talk to a personal injury attorney

How Long Do I Have to Sue for Damages?

You have three years to sue for damages after an accident like this, but we recommend acting as quickly as possible if you plan to pursue compensation. It can be easier for an attorney to secure vital evidence, like security footage of you falling on a wet floor, if you reach out to our law firm right away. In any case, if you try to sue after that three-year time limit has expired, your case is likely to be thrown out.

Should I Hire an Attorney?

You are not required to hire an attorney, but pursuing compensation on your own can be difficult. Proving the negligence of someone else is difficult, as is negotiating with insurance companies. Our lawyers have plenty of experience doing both, and they will advocate for you at every stage of this process.

Contact Our Law Firm

So if you believe that you have a personal injury claim to make after a fall on a wet floor, contact Zlotolow & Associates. We would love to meet with you and learn more details about your case. You do not have to fight for fair compensation alone.