If you got hurt in a slip and fall accident in Mineola, New York, you might be entitled to compensation for your losses. A lawyer at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP could help you hold the negligent party responsible for harming you.
Slip and fall injuries can be severe and even fatal. If your close relative passed away because of a slip and fall accident, we might be able to go after additional compensation on behalf of qualifying beneficiaries.
We Can Determine How Much Compensation You Can Get
The amount of damages you can pursue will depend on the facts of your case. When calculating the value of your losses, we will consider things like your medical bills, lost income, and quality of life.
Your insurance settlement or court award could include the following losses:
Your injury claim can include all of the medical treatment and intervention you needed for your injuries. Some specific things that your medical expenses could include are as follows:
- The ambulance
- Emergency room visit
- Doctors’ visits
- Lab work
- Physical therapy
- Prescription drugs
Some severe injuries, like head trauma, might require treatment in a specialized care facility. After a catastrophic injury, like spinal cord damage with permanent paralysis, the person might need to move into a long-term care center. These expenses can be a part of a slip and fall claim, as well.
People often have to take time to undergo medical treatments and recuperate from their injuries before they are healthy enough to go back to work. Many people lose some or all of their income during those times.
Whether you get paid hourly wages or a salary, we can add your lost income to your slip and fall claim. People who are self-employed or generate other forms of income, like commissions or tips, can also seek damages for the regular income they lost due to their injuries.
Even after medical science does everything it can for you, you still may never regain your previous quality of life.
After reaching maximum medical improvement, you might experience reduced:
- Range of Motion
These losses are legitimate and deserve compensation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that falls can result in broken bones and traumatic brain injuries. These conditions can prevent you from working and earning a living.
We can determine the financial toll of having a disability on your life and pursue compensation based on our findings.
Other Types of Losses
Damages for disfigurement can be appropriate when a person has significant scarring from an injury. Also, you might experience mental health complications as a result of your accident.
We can determine the impact of your accident on your life and account for these hardships in your claim.
How Long do You Have to File Your Lawsuit?
Every state has laws that limit how long you have to file a lawsuit against someone who hurt you. CVP § 214 gives you only three years to bring legal action against the person who harmed you.
The deadline in your case could be even shorter than three years. If your close relative passed away because of a slip and fall accident, EPT § 5-4.1 grants you only two years to file your lawsuit.
Also, if you plan to sue a municipality or another government entity for your slip and fall accident, you must first file a notice of claim before you can go forward with a lawsuit. You have to file the notice of claim within a matter of days after the accident.
These deadlines can be confusing. Yet, by discussing your slip and fall accident with a lawyer in Mineola, you can protect your right to fair compensation.
How Much Will a Lawyer Charge to Handle a Slip and Fall Injury Claim?
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we take slip and fall accident cases on a contingency-fee basis. To put it another way, we do not get paid until you win. Our fees will get paid out of your settlement proceeds or court award.
With a contingency-fee arrangement, you do not have to pay any upfront legal fees. You likely have medical bills and living expenses piling up while you cannot work because of your injuries. We want to help you, not add to your stress.
What We Have to Prove to Win a Slip and Fall Accident Case
Your injury must happen on someone else’s property due to the owner’s negligence for you to be eligible for financial recovery. Let’s say that you were in a restaurant when the accident took place. In the dim lighting, you did not see a slick patch on the smooth floor.
The restaurant manager knew that the new cleaning crew sometimes left slippery areas on the floor but had not yet taken any action or warned patrons. The situation had continued for several weeks before you fell.
The failure to take reasonable steps in response to the hazard could subject the restaurant to liability for the harm you suffered. Property owners have a legal duty to maintain their premises in safe conditions and protect visitors from injuries.
Do You Have to Hire an Attorney for My Slip and fall Injury Claim?
No, New York law does not require that you work with a lawyer on your slip and fall claim. Yet, working with a lawyer could benefit your interests in many ways. The liable insurance company will assign a team of people to find ways to pay you as little money as possible for your claim. Working with a Mineola slip and fall accident lawyer can even the playing field.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we help people go after the compensation they deserve when they get hurt because of negligence. You can call us today at (516) 358-6900 to find out how we can help you. The initial consultation is free, and there is no obligation.
For a free legal consultation with a slip and fall injury lawyer serving Mineola, call 516-358-6900