When you or someone you love is hurt in a slip and fall accident, you may encounter a host of challenges—medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, to name a few. If the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation to help you deal with these challenges.
A Floral Park slip and fall accident lawyer with the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can help you pursue compensation for your injuries. To learn more about your free case evaluation, call (516) 358-6900 today.
Why You Should Consider Hiring a Lawyer for a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents happen for various reasons, but they usually are rooted in the negligence of the property owner. Since property owners owe it to others to keep their land or business safe, they are negligent when they fail to do so. This failure often results in injuries.
It is the job of a Floral Park slip and fall accident lawyer to show what caused the accident and how the circumstance that contributed to your accident would not have existed if not for the negligence of the property owner. Then, they will show that the injuries you suffered caused you economic and non-economic losses for which you deserve compensation.
Pursuing Compensation for a Slip and Fall Accident
When proving liability in a slip and fall accident, you will need to show that the property owner owed you a duty of care to keep you safe while you were on the property.
To prove this, your lawyer will need to show an unsafe or defective condition was on the property and that they knew or should have known about this condition. Then, you will need to show that your injuries resulted from this condition. If all this can be proven true, then the property owner can be held liable for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
What to Do (and Not Do) After a Slip and Fall Accident
After a slip and fall accident, your priority should always be to ensure your health and safety. Seek help from a medical professional who can treat you as well as begin documenting the extent and seriousness of your injuries.
File a Police Report
Next, be sure to report what happened. Unlike car accidents, slip and fall accidents do not necessarily require a police report. Instead, you should report the incident to an authority at the accident site. This may be a manager, superintendent, or the property owner themselves. Have them create an official document to record what happened.
After they have created their report, you should consider collecting evidence for yourself, as well. Take pictures of the surrounding conditions at the accident site, your injuries, and anything else you believe may be relevant.
Take Statements from Witnesses
Collect the contact information and statements of witnesses who can speak to the property owner’s knowledge of (or the foreseeability of) the defective conditions. Witnesses may also be able to speak to the impact that your injuries have had on your daily life.
Do Not Accept Cash
Do not accept a cash payment at the scene. This can hurt your chances in a lawsuit further down the line. Also, do not make any statements absolving the property owner of responsibility for what happened or directing blame at outside parties. These can potentially be used to fight against awarding your damages.
Let the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP Fight for You
Once you decide to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, a Floral Park slip and fall accident lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe LLP can help assist you. Call (516) 358-6900 today. Contact a team member for a free consultation and to learn more about how we can recover damages on your behalf.
For a free legal consultation with a slip and fall accidents lawyer serving Floral Park, call 516-358-6900