When a hazard causes you to slip and fall in Queens, you may have options for holding the property owner or occupier legally responsible. Under New York State law, owners have a duty to protect those who visit their properties from preventable injuries.
If this incident happened to you, a Queens, NY slip and fall injury lawyer from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP can help you pursue compensation to cover your losses and expenses. Our team provides free consultations for injured victims of slip or trip and falls in New York City, on Long Island, and in other nearby areas.
You May Be Eligible for Compensation for Your Queens Fall Injuries
Fall injuries can be more serious than many people realize. A fall can cause injuries that require ambulance transportation, emergency department evaluation, and even hospitalization. Regardless of the severity and nature of your injury, you may be able to hold the property owner or occupier who failed to prevent your fall legally responsible for the expenses you incur.
Our Queens slip and fall injury lawyers have helped clients with many types of injuries pursue compensation in a fall injury case. This includes:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Back or neck injuries
- Broken bones or fractures
- Joint injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Internal injuries
- Significant abrasions and contusions
- Other injuries
Types of Damages You Can Recoup
When our Queens slip and fall attorneys represent a client in one of these cases, we gather evidence to document their related damages. These are the expenses and losses – both economic and non-economic – they endured because of the accident and their injuries. Our Queens, NY slip and fall attorneys value these damages and seek an appropriate compensation package through insurance negotiations or in court.
Recoverable damages in a Queens fall case could include:
- Medical treatment and any related care expenses
- Ongoing or future care needs related to their injuries
- Lost wages and benefits
- Reduced earning capacity for lasting impairments
- Any other documented, related expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Other non-economic damages
- Wrongful death damages
It is common to think of fall injuries as relatively minor, but this last category of damages should remind you that this is not always true. The most significant injuries suffered in a fall accident can take the life of the victim. Less serious injuries can also lead to infection and other fatal complications.
Our Attorneys Know How to Develop Queens, New York Slip and Fall Claims
When we represent a Queens fall victim, they can count on us to take a number of steps to ensure their case is handled the right way. These tasks include:
- Investigating the cause of the fall
- Identifying all potentially liable parties and their insurance policies
- Verifying and documenting the client’s injuries and other damages
- Proving foreseeability and liability with evidence from our investigation
- Filing an insurance claim or lawsuit
- Presenting evidence and representing our client’s best interests
Our clients can also feel confident knowing our firm has a no-fee promise. They do not pay us anything until the conclusion of their case, and then we only get attorney’s fees if we win. Our team takes all the financial risks. This arrangement ensures your Queens slip and fall lawyer wants the same outcome in your case as you do, as well.
Our case results show our dedication to and knowledge about these cases. This track record includes a recent fall case in which we won $875,000 for our client. The client slipped while exiting an elevator onto a floor that was left wet after mopping. As a result, they fractured their hip and required surgery.
What You Have to Prove to Hold the Property Owner Legally Liable
Winning a slip and fall case in Queens, NY requires showing that the liable party acted in a negligent manner. Property owners and occupiers in New York State, including Queens, generally have a duty to guests and other visitors to the property to keep them safe from preventable, known, and foreseeable hazards.
When a property owner or occupier allows a hazard to develop, exist, and remain, it can lead to injuries. Depending on the hazard and other unique facts of the case, this could include:
- Slip and fall because of a spill, leak, tracked rain, or other slick surfaces
- Trip and fall
- Step-up or step-down fall
- Stair fall
- Fall from an elevated surface, such as a deck or landing
- Parking lot or sidewalk falls
A fall injury could occur almost anywhere, and the New York State premises liability laws apply to most locations. These places could include:
- Theaters and sports venues
- Private residences
Our Queens slip and fall injury lawyers can build a case against the liable party or parties regardless of where your accident took place. They could range from an individual to a multinational corporation to a municipal agency. We will not back down when our clients deserve compensation for the injuries they suffered.
Timelines for Taking Legal Action After a Queens Fall Injury
Sometimes, filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit is necessary for securing compensation. There are deadlines for filing a suit that could alter your rights significantly if you miss them. Some cases, such as those against a government agency, have additional deadlines, as well. We recommend contacting us as soon as possible to avoid missing them.
CVP § 214 offers up to three years to file a lawsuit in most cases.
You may have up to two years from your loved one’s date of death to sue under EPT § 5-4.1.
Get Your Free Case Review With Our Team Today
You can speak to a team member from the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, about your Queens fall injury today for free. We provide complimentary consultations for individuals hurt in a Queens, NY slip and fall and trip and fall accidents. You do not have to face this alone.
Call us at (516) 358-6900 now to get started.
For a free legal consultation with a slip and fall injury lawyer serving Queens, call 516-358-6900