If a hazard on someone else’s property caused you to slip and fall and suffer injuries, a Babylon slip and fall accident lawyer might be able to help you hold the negligent party accountable for their actions or inactions.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our team wants to help victims of negligence get the compensation they might be entitled to for expenses and losses related to an accident. Call a member of our slip and fall accident team today at (516) 358-6900 to see if an attorney can help you.
Elements of a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, like at a friend’s house, a government building, a store, a restaurant, or a hotel. To be eligible for a slip and fall accident claim, you generally have to show that the party in charge of the property’s maintenance knew or should have known about the hazard and failed to fix it up adequately.
For example, if a hotel manager knew of a torn carpet for weeks, did nothing to fix it, and a guest slipped and injured themself on it, the company might be liable for their losses resulting from the accident. The same stands if the hotel manager reasonably should have known about the tear.
According to the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), the party in control of the property has to keep the property reasonably safe so that visitors do not get hurt. If you can show that the other party had this duty of care, breached their duty, and it led to your injuries, then you might be able to hold them accountable.
Statute of Limitations for Slip and Fall Accident Cases
You have a limited time following your slip and fall accident to file a lawsuit against the liable party. The statute of limitations for slip and fall accident cases in New York is three years from the date of your accident, according to NY Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) §214.
If you do not file within this timeframe, you might forfeit your right to compensation. A lawyer can tell you how much time you have left to file a lawsuit and whether your case has any extenuating circumstances that qualify you for an extended deadline.
You should consider reaching out to a law firm as soon as possible. The more time you give your legal team to work with, the more time they have to build your case.
How a Babylon Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer Can Help You
A slip and fall accident lawyer can take a lot of the weight off your shoulders while filing an insurance claim or lawsuit. Having a lawyer might help to ensure your legal rights are protected at all times during your case.
Here are some things a lawyer can do for you:
Identify Which Party Is Liable
The property owner is not always responsible for your injuries and losses in a slip and fall accident. For example, if you slipped and fell at a restaurant that rents a building from a landlord, the restaurant’s management would most likely be liable for your losses, not the landlord.
A lawyer can assess your case and gather the appropriate evidence to identify which party to sue for compensation.
Pursue Compensation for You
After they build your case, a lawyer will negotiate with insurance companies, the liable party, and their legal team to recover compensation for your injuries and losses. If they cannot settle out of court, they can take your case to trial.
Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP today at (516) 358-6900 to see if a slip and fall accident lawyer from our team can help you.
A Slip and Fall Insurance Claim Versus a Lawsuit
While most personal injury cases settle without a trial, there is a chance that the other party might not want to negotiate with your attorney in good faith, leaving a lawsuit as an option for recovering compensation.
A lawsuit often takes longer, is more expensive, and is more intensive than an insurance claim and settlement negotiations. However, if your lawyer believes it is in your best interest to pursue a lawsuit instead of accepting an offer that’s too low, they will tell you. Ultimately, it will be your decision regarding which route to take.
Personal injury lawyers usually work on a contingency-fee arrangement. In this fee agreement, you and your attorney discuss a payment amount ahead of time, but you only pay them when they win you compensation.
They work this way so that personal injury victims don’t have to worry about the costs of getting legal representation. This fee arrangement also ensures your lawyer is highly motivated to win, and if they take your case, you know they’re confident that they can help you.
Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP for More Information
A Babylon slip and fall accident lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP is ready to take on your case. When you are ready to hold the negligent party accountable, call a team member at (516) 358-6900 for a free case evaluation where we can go over your accident, injuries, losses, and options for recovering compensation.
You have a limited time to file, and the sooner you reach out, the sooner our team can get started on your slip and fall claim.
For a free legal consultation with a slip and fall injury lawyer serving Babylon, call 516-358-6900