Home and business owners are obligated to provide a safe environment for visitors. If you fell while going about normal activities, like shopping or attending a BBQ, you may be able to pursue damages to pay for your injuries. This involves demonstrating that the property owner did not take precautions to reduce risk.
A Long Beach slip and fall accident lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can handle every part of your case for you.
We Will Fight for Your Slip and Fall Compensation
You may not have to pay for your accident-related expenses on your own. If it weren’t for the property owner’s negligence, you would not be facing your current injuries and losses. Even if your fall injuries were minor, if you had to pay for medical treatment, you could seek damages to compensate you for that treatment.
You could receive payment for expenses like:
- Emergency department visits
- Medical equipment
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
The other party may attempt to convince you that your injuries do not warrant making an insurance claim or filing a suit. However, scrapes can become infected and leave scars, bruises can point to internal injuries, and seemingly minor head injuries can seriously impact your life.
You do not have to let someone else convince you that your case is not valuable. Seek medical aid, and then call our team for help with insurance claims or lawsuit preparation.
Compensation for Older Victims
Those aged 65 or older are more at risk for falls, as well as additional complications. Hip fractures in particular are common concerns for this population. In fact, in New York, 26% of hospitalizations for fall injuries in older adults resulted in hip fractures, according to the New York Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention.
Complications related to serious injuries such as hip fractures are also eligible for compensation. Moreover, bouncing back is not as easy for older fall victims. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that many victims of hip fractures are not able to continue living on their own.
If you need extra help during your recovery, damages may be able to cover those expenses as well. You could seek compensation for:
- Rehabilitative care
- Home healthcare
Wrongful Death Claims After a Slip and Fall
In some cases, fall victims do not recover. If you lost a loved one after a slip and fall accident, you can pursue wrongful death damages to cover bills from:
- Hospital stays
- Funeral expenses
- Burial costs
You can also seek compensation for loss of companionship. If you’re struggling with a loss like this, one of our Long Beach slip and fall accident lawyers can examine your case.
How to Know if You Are Eligible for Damages
Your right to compensation is based on whether a property owner’s negligence was the primary cause of your fall. This means that:
- The property owner was aware (or should have been aware) of a danger on their premises.
- The property owner did not take reasonable steps to eliminate, reduce, or warn about the danger.
- You slipped or tripped and fell due to that danger, resulting in injuries.
- Your injuries entitle you to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Knowing whether the property owner was or should have been aware of a risk is a crucial part of demonstrating negligence. We can help gather evidence to underline the property owner’s responsibility. We can highlight how another reasonable person would have behaved in the same situation, emphasizing the time that passed between when the risk presented itself and when you were injured.
We Can Bolster Your Claim With Evidence
When fighting back against an insurance company’s reluctance to pay or filing a personal injury lawsuit, the onus is on the plaintiff to demonstrate negligence through a preponderance of the evidence. In simpler terms, you are responsible for providing sufficient proof of your claim. However, you don’t have to do that alone.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we can provide support for your case by:
- Creating a timeline
- Interviewing witnesses
- Researching similar incidents
- Obtaining medical records
- Translating legal terms
- Consulting experts
- Reconstructing the accident
- Reviewing and negotiating settlements
- Preparing for trial (if necessary)
We can provide help with your case as needed based on your circumstances. For instance, even if you are only struggling to negotiate with an insurance company, we can focus on helping you with this aspect of your case. We can act as an intermediary between you and the party trying to deny you damages.
Slip and Fall Accidents That May Qualify You for a Claim Or Lawsuit
In slip and fall cases, negligence can take many forms. Contact our team if you were injured because of any of the following:
- Puddles or ice
- Loose flooring
- Insufficient lighting
- Lack of signage
- Unsecured cords
- Poor store layouts
These are not the only forms of negligence that can form the basis of your slip and fall accident claim or lawsuit. Cases can range from tripping over renovation supplies to stepping in a pothole on a sidewalk and falling. The only grounds you need are that the property owner did or should have known about the risk and did nothing to prevent you from being injured.
Suing a City, County, or State
If you were injured due to poor maintenance of property owned by a city, county, or state, you will face different requirements to seek compensation. In these cases, you are required to submit a formal claim and file it within 90 days of the accident, according to the New York City Bar Association. You then generally have a year to file the actual lawsuit, compared to three years in normal personal injury cases.
Suing a city, county, or state can be more challenging, as government entities often have more resources to challenge a liability claim. It can be important to seek help when you have any questions about the negligent party in your slip and fall accident. We can provide clarity and prepare you for the fight ahead.
Our Attorneys Provide Free Consultations
Your injury was preventable, your pain was unwarranted, and your bills are unnecessary. Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP if you were a victim of a slip and fall accident. A Long Beach slip and fall accident lawyer from our team can offer support, counsel, and understanding as we pursue compensation.
Call a representative from our team now at (516) 358-6900.
For a free legal consultation with a slip and fall injury lawyer serving Long Beach, call 516-358-6900