If you or a loved one suffered a fall due to slippery floors, parking lot defects, or another unsafe condition, you may be entitled to damages. Your medical bills, lost wages from missed work, and other costs may be recoverable through a personal injury case. You may also be compensated for non-financial damages, including your pain and suffering.
Proving that a Floral Park property owner or property occupier’s carelessness caused your injuries and successfully recovering compensation can be a challenging legal endeavor. A slip or trip and fall accident lawyer from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can help. Our team can investigate your accident, gather evidence, interview eyewitnesses, consult with medical professionals, and take the steps needed to build a strong case. We will fight to get you the monetary compensation you may deserve.
How Much Compensation Can I Get for Slip and Fall Injuries?
The damages for which you may recover compensation include financial losses like medical bills as well as non-financial losses like your pain and suffering. The amount of financial compensation you could get for a slip and fall or trip and fall accident depends on:
- The types of injuries you sustained
- The medical bills from treating your injuries
- How your injuries affected your ability to work and complete everyday tasks
- The amount of physical, mental, and emotional distress your injuries caused
- Whether the permanent loss of a body function resulted from the accident
- Whether your own conduct worsened your injuries
Compensation for Medical Costs
Fall injuries often require costly medical treatment. The National Safety Council (NCS) estimates that falls result in over 800,000 hospitalizations every year.
Through a personal injury case, you may recover compensation for medical expenses such as:
- Hospital bills
- Emergency medical treatment, including ambulance fees
- X-rays and other diagnostic imaging tests
- Outpatient medical treatment
- Doctor and specialist appointments
- Occupational therapy or physical therapy
Compensation for Lost Earnings and Lost Earning Capacity
You may also get compensation for your lost wages from missing work. If your injuries impaired your ability to do your job, you may also get compensation for the reduction of your “earning capacity” or ability to earn income.
Pain and Suffering
You may be entitled to compensation for the harm caused by your injuries that cannot be shown on a bill. You could be compensated for your:
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Bodily disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Understanding the Components of a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Injury Lawsuit
Premises liability law deals with the responsibility that property owners and occupiers have to visitors. Both commercial and residential property owners are expected to maintain their property so that it is reasonably safe. If there is a hazard of some kind on the property, the property owner must warn others so that they can avoid it.
The owner of an apartment complex, restaurant, bar, retail store, mall, parking lot, or another type of property may be legally responsible for an individual’s injuries.
Examples of Dangerous Conditions
When a property owner or occupier exposes visitors to an unreasonably dangerous condition without warning and a visitor is injured by the dangerous condition, the property owner may be liable for damages.
Some examples of conditions that may cause a slip and fall or trip and fall accident include:
- Clutter and debris that create a trip hazard
- Electrical cords across aisles or walkways
- Slippery floors caused by leaks or spills
- Insufficient lighting
- Unmarked steps or changes in elevation
- Uneven stairs
- Missing handrails
- Uneven floors
- Broken balcony railings
- Icy walkways
- Melted snow
- Loose rugs
- Torn carpeting
- Cracked tiles
- Potholes and other parking lot defects
- Uneven sidewalks or walkways
- Building code violations
The Question of Foreseeability
In many slip and fall or trip and fall injury cases, the issue of whether the property owner is liable depends on the foreseeability of the injury. If other people have been injured because of the hazard or the hazard is an obvious safety concern, it is much more likely that the property owner will be liable.
However, the property owner cannot simply claim that they did not know about the dangerous condition and avoid culpability. If the property owner should have known about the hazard, they may still be liable.
Using Evidence to Prove Property Owner Liability for a Fall Accident
Our slip or trip and fall accident lawyers serving Floral Park may use many different types of evidence to prove that the property owner knew or should have known about the hazardous condition.
Our team may obtain and utilize:
- Incident reports
- Maintenance records
- Security camera footage
- Inspection records
- Eyewitness statements
We may also work with experts in various industries, including medical experts who can confirm that the fall accident caused your injuries.
The Advantages of Working with a Slip or Trip and Fall Lawyer Form Our Firm
If you were seriously hurt in a Floral Park slip and fall accident, you may need time to recover from your injuries. Let Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. handle your personal injury case on your behalf so that you can heal. Our team knows what it takes to bring a powerful case for damages.
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can:
- Explain what the personal injury process entails
- Answer your legal questions
- Handle discussions with the property owner
- Negotiate with the insurance company
- Fight for an appropriate settlement
- Take your case to trial if needed
Statute of Limitations for Slip and Fall Cases in New York
New York law places a time limit on when personal injury lawsuits may be brought. Generally, you have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit per CVP § 214.
Certain circumstances can reduce the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. For example, if the injury occurred on government property and you are suing a municipality, your case must meet shorter deadlines.
Call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. Today for a Free Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one were injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, a personal injury case may allow you to recover compensation. A slip and fall lawyer from our firm can provide you with legal support and direction for your Floral Park case.
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. takes slip or trip and fall cases on a contingency-fee basis, so there is no financial risk to you. We only collect legal fees if we secure financial compensation for you. Call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. at (631) 451-7900 for a free consultation. Our team can assist clients in Spanish, too.