New York City & Westchester Premises Liability Lawyer
Although property owners are required to provide a safe environment to visitors, slip, trip and fall accidents are quite common. If you were injured due to a hazardous condition at a personal residence or business site, a personal injury attorney can help you obtain compensation.
The law office of Michael LoGiudice pursues premises liability lawsuits for clients in the greater New York area including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. We routinely represent injury victims involved in slip, trip, and fall accidents at personal residences, restaurants, shopping malls, office buildings, and other private and public property.
Common Causes of Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries
There are numerous causes for slip, trip and fall accidents, but injuries are likely to occur because of following conditions:
- Wet, slippery floors
- Icy or broken sidewalks
- Poorly lit or cluttered pathways
- Torn carpeting
- Raised flooring
- Broken stairs or loose handrails
- Inadequate warning signs
In order to have grounds for a claim, it is necessary to prove that the owner knew, or should have known, about the hazardous condition, failed to correct it in a timely manner, and the hazard caused the injury.
In a case arising from an accident at a personal residence, for example, a homeowner who fails to clear the walkway or stairs from ice and snow may be held liable. Similarly, in an injury at a commercial property, such as a grocery store, the business may be held liable for a fall that results from a spill that was not cleaned up promptly and/or if there were no adequate warning signs such as “wet floors.”
While injury victims may be entitled to compensation, there are a number of factors involved in these claims such as whether you were trespassing when the accident occurred. Moreover, if you were partially responsible for the fall, the court or an insurer may determine there was comparative fault, in which you will only receive partial compensation.
In addition, in order to bring a lawsuit against a city, town, village or a government agency, it is necessary to file a notice of claim in writing within 90 days of the date of the accident. This notifies the government that you intend to pursue a lawsuit and by filing a notice you consent to undergo an examination by an independent medical professional.
Slip, Trip and Fall Accident Attorney in New York
Regardless of the hazard that caused your accident, it is crucial to act quickly. These cases can be hard to prove, and property owners are known to make needed repairs or correct hazardous conditions before necessary evidence can be collected. It is essential to have an experienced attorney who has the skills and resources to promptly investigate and document the hazard at the premises.
At the law office of Michael LoGiudice, we are well versed in premises liability law and have extensive experience pursuing these cases. We will take the time to assess the validity of your claim, conduct a thorough investigation, and ascertain the property owner’s liability.
Because these claims often involve negotiating a settlement with an insurance company, it takes a highly skilled attorney to obtain the maximum settlement possible. If you were injured in slip, trip and fall accident that was the result of another’s negligence, we can help you recover damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical and rehabilitative costs, and other expenses. Call our office or fill out a contact form today for a free consultation.