You may be entitled to compensation if you were seriously injured when you slipped and fell due to an unreasonably dangerous condition on someone else’s property. The Long Island slip and fall attorneys at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, are ready to help you seek compensation from all responsible sources.
Slip-and-fall accident lawsuits are a type of premises liability case. These claims have gotten a bad name over the years due to some people attempting to fake or exaggerate slip-and-fall claims. While there may be a few unscrupulous people who try to make a quick buck on phony claims, many honest and innocent people are seriously injured in tragic slip-and-fall accidents caused by the negligence of others. They need help to pursue fair compensation for their losses.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we know that legitimate slipping or tripping and falling accidents can cause severe or permanent injuries. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall, the first thing you need to do is seek medical attention. Once your immediate medical needs have been addressed by a medical professional, our Long Island injury attorneys will then be able to assess whether you may have grounds to sue the property owner, manager or other responsible party to recover your losses.
If you have a valid claim, our firm will take care of all aspects of your case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Types of Slip-and-Fall Dangers
Our experienced attorneys have successfully sued the owners of stores, restaurants, supermarkets, apartment buildings and other commercial properties, as well as homeowners and other responsible parties, for injuries our clients suffered in slip-and-fall accidents.
If you have been hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, providing a responsible party failed in a duty to reasonably protect you from a fall hazard, including these examples:
— Spills, puddles caused by an accumulation of water from leaky faucets or pipes, dropped food, freshly waxed or mopped surfaces.
Snow and ice
— Untreated “black ice,” walkways that have not been shoveled or cleared within a reasonable period, a lack of posted signs warning of such dangers.
— Raised concrete or uneven surfaces, potholes, torn carpet, improperly secured rugs, electrical cords, objects left on the floor.
— A broken step, missing railing, loose handrail, burned-out lighting, uneven surfaces, objects stored or left in the stairwell.
— Improperly stored boxes, boxes stacked too high, objects sticking out into walkways, unsecured furniture, lack of sufficient room to walk.
Keep in mind, you are not automatically entitled to compensation for a slip-and-fall injury. There are stringent requirements for bringing a premises liability claim under New York law, including the following:
- Serious injury — The injury must be serious and lasting, such as a broken ankle, fractured elbow, torn ligament in the knee, concussion, severe back strain or other harm requiring medical attention and resulting in temporary or permanent disability.
- Unreasonably dangerous condition — You generally cannot sue for an open and obvious danger, or for your own clumsiness. We must demonstrate that the hazard was unexpected or not obvious and likely to cause injury to anyone.
- Knowledge or constructive notice — We must show that the property owner created the hazard, knew of it, or could have and should have been aware of it. Likewise the danger must have existed long enough for the owner to warn others or fix the problem.
What Should I Do Right After a Slip and Fall?
Your health should be your first concern. Falls can cause serious injuries and this is no time to act tough.
Seek emergency medical treatment for your injuries.
Even if you aren’t transported to the hospital by ambulance, you should still get a full medical exam as soon as possible at an ER, urgent care center, your doctor’s office or another medical facility.
Be sure to tell the medical professionals what happened to cause your injury. Describe all symptoms you are feeling.
Follow through on your doctor’s medical advice, including further treatments, medication, rehabilitation, surgeries, use of medical devices, etc.
While you are still at the scene, take photos of the hazard that caused the accident. If you are unable to do so yourself, ask someone else to do it for you.
Get the names and contact info of anyone who saw the fall and what caused it.
If the fall took place at a business, report the accident to management as soon as you can.
Keep the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time and don’t wash them. They may contain important evidence.
Get help from an experienced Long Island slip and fall lawyer at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP. We are ready to review the facts of your case and provide you with advice about your legal options during a consultation that is free and comes with no strings attached.
What Are the Types of Slip-and-Fall Injuries?
If you have suffered a fall, you may have sustained a serious injury that could cause lasting disabilities in addition to pain and suffering. A few examples of injuries caused by slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Broken bones, including hip fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Knee injuries
- Ankle injuries
- Elbow injuries
- Wrist injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Cuts and abrasions
- Internal injuries
Who Is Responsible for a Slip-and-Fall Accident?
Anyone who “controls” a property is responsible for keeping it free from unreasonable dangers. In addition to property owners, responsible parties could also include a company or individual who leases a property. A government agency could also be held responsible for unsafe conditions on municipal property.
Here are some examples of who may be held responsible for a slip-and-fall accident:
- Retail businesses, such as stores, supermarkets, restaurants, movie theaters, gas stations, hotels, pharmacies, malls, car dealerships, hospitals and more
- Landlords, such as owners of apartment buildings, office buildings, shopping centers, parking lots and garages
- Individuals, such as homeowners and landowners
- Governmental agencies who maintain parks, roads, sidewalks, parking lots, streets, train stations and similar facilities
Maximizing Your Damages for a Slip-And-Fall Accident
As both an attorney and an EMT (emergency medical technician), Richard Jaffe has a unique understanding of medical trauma and how it can affect a person’s life. He is also a skilled trial lawyer with the experience to document and detail the harm you have suffered, including hospital bills, surgery and future medical care; lost wages or diminished earning capacity; disability or disfigurement; pain and suffering; and loss of enjoyment of life.
If you have sustained an injury in a slip-and-fall accident, hiring a skilled lawyer will significantly improve your chances of being able to maximize the damages
you may be eligible to receive. Call the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP
at (516) 358-6900 to schedule a free consultation with our Long Island slip and fall attorney, or e-mail us and we will respond immediately.