If you were hurt in a slip and fall accident involving snow and ice, you are probably dealing with painful injuries and major disruptions in your life. You can also end up with a large stack of medical bills and other expenses related to the accident. Fortunately, New York law entitles many accident victims to compensation from the property owner who failed to keep their area safe when ice and snow were present.
You do not have to cope with the cost of a slip and fall accident by yourself, however. A Hempstead slip and fall lawyer from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. may be able to help you receive compensation for your injury-related expenses. We can hold the liable party accountable for your losses, determine your coverage options, and fight for a fair settlement on your behalf.
For a free legal consultation with a snow and ice accidents lawyer serving Hempstead, call 516-451-7900
You Typically Have Three Years to File a Lawsuit in New York
You generally have three years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit, according to CVP §214. If you do not file your lawsuit within this time period, you waive your right to receive compensation from the property owner.
Our team knows that most cases do not go to court. The American Bar Association (ABA) knows this, too. However, we want to be prepared in case yours does. We can explain how the statute of limitations (and any other relevant deadlines) impact your case.
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We Can File Your Injury Claim and Deal With the Insurer
Many injury victims have questions about whether they can file insurance claims to recover the money they need. Yet, working with insurance companies can be frustrating and time-consuming.
Even if there is a policy providing you coverage, the insurance company will want to conduct an investigation to determine whether your accident is covered under the policy. The insurance company may try to pay you less than you deserve under the policy or deny your claim completely.
Allow us to Manage the Claims Process While You Focus on Yourself
Before you speak with an insurance company, it can be a good idea to consult with a lawyer.
A lawyer from our New York law firm can also assist you with filing multiple insurance claims, interpreting your rights under an insurance policy, and making sure that an insurance company is acting fairly.
We Can Prove That Your Accident Was a Result of Negligence
When it comes to slip and falls involving snow, there are a few more things that you may need to prove. The mere presence of snow on the ground does not create a hazardous condition. Instead, you must show that the snow reached a point that made it hazardous or that the property owner or manager engaged in activity that made the condition hazardous.
Some information that could support your allegation of negligence includes:
- The accident report
- Witness testimony
- Your medical records
- Security camera footage
This information must show that the property owner somehow created the dangerous condition or neglected to address a dangerous condition involving the hazardous amount of snow. An example of this would be a property owner who shovels snow out of a walkway but piles it onto a nearby staircase.
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Property Owners Can Be Liable for Slip and Falls
In order to receive compensation, you must show that the property owner did not uphold their duty of care. In general, if someone owns or is in control of a property, they have a duty to keep it reasonably safe for the people who use it. This means that a property owner has a duty to make areas where snow and ice accumulate safe for guests.
When deciding whether a property owner took enough steps to keep the area safe, there are a few things to consider including:
- The likelihood that someone will be injured
- The seriousness of the injury that could happen
- The burden to the property owner in preventing the risk of injury
You can also hold a property owner liable where they know there is a dangerous condition on the property and fail to take action. An example would be knowing that there is a patch of ice at the entrance to a building and failing to put up proper signage or put salt on the ground.
We Must Prove That the Property Owner Should Have Known About the Hazard
There are a few ways to show that the property owner had knowledge of the situation. The first is through actual knowledge, such as proof that someone alerted the property owner to the dangerous condition.
The second is constructive knowledge. This includes situations where there was enough time for a reasonable property owner to observe the dangerous situation.
To learn more about how these rules may apply to your case, call Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. for a free consultation. This is a great chance to ask questions about working with a Hempstead slip and fall on snow and ice accident lawyer.
Call Now for a Free Consultation
If you were injured in a slip and fall involving snow or ice, you should not have to deal with the consequences by yourself. Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. offers a free consultation so that you can learn about working with a Hempstead slip and fall on snow and ice accident lawyer.
There is no obligation to continue working with us after the call, so you really have nothing to lose. Call now (631) 451-7900. We assist clients in Spanish and English.