You can sue for a slip and fall accident on ice in a parking lot under certain circumstances. The best way to find out if you have a potential premises liability case is to discuss your fall with a team member from our personal injury law firm on Long Island.
In some cases, it will be difficult to prove that the property owner violated their duty to keep their parking lot free from unreasonable hazards and that you were walking with care and did not contribute to your own injuries.
However, an attorney from our firm who represents injured Long Island residents will know the evidence necessary to prove your case.
New York State Law as it Applies to Parking Lot Falls on Ice
New York State’s premises liability laws require the party in control of the property to keep the premises reasonably safe from any slip or trip hazards. This is for the protection of potential customers, clients, and other visitors.
If they fail to take “reasonable care” to do this, they may be liable for injuries that occur. How you define “reasonable care” is different when you consider weather conditions, though. Case law, specifically Assaf v. City of New York, defines how landowners must react when the weather creates a hazard, such as ice during a blizzard.
In this case, the judge ruled that the owner still owes the duty of shoveling, salting, or otherwise protecting the visitor from ice and snow. However, this duty is “is suspended while the storm is in progress,” and it only recommences “a reasonable time after the storm has ended.”
Your attorney from our law firm can explain how this could affect your claim.
Pursuing Compensation in Your Slip and Fall Injury Accident on Long Island
If you qualify to sue for a slip and fall accident on ice in a parking lot on Long Island, a lawyer from our firm will represent you at no cost to your family. Our law firm works based on contingency, meaning we will get paid out of the money we recover in your case. Our pay is contingent on winning your case.
Your legal team will document the damages you experienced and will experience in the future as a result of your fall. This may include:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Missed paychecks
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy costs
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
You should reach out to our law firm as soon as your injuries allow. While New York law generally gives you up to three years to begin a civil suit per CPLR § 214, exceptions exist. Some of these exceptions could dramatically reduce the time you have to navigate the claims process.
Injuries from a Slip and Fall Accident on Ice in a Parking Lot on Long Island
Slip and fall injuries are more common in the winter weather than during the summer. While most cause bumps, bruises, and soreness, some are more serious. Some of the most common injuries are broken wrist and ankle bones.
Falls are exceptionally dangerous for seniors, who are at an increased risk of broken bones and loss of mobility. Broken hips are also common in this type of fall, according to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Even a broken bone can cost thousands of dollars for medical care and thousands more in lost income. Serious injuries such as back injuries and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are even more expensive. If you can build a case against the property owner, you may be entitled to recover your expenses and losses.
Speak with Our Team About Your Slip on Ice on Long Island
You can talk to a team member from Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. and discuss your fall with you and help you understand your rights. We have team members who can speak with you in English or Spanish today.
Our consultations are always free, and we are ready to answer any questions you have about your rights, this process, or our services. Call (631) 451-7900 now to speak with Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. about your fall injuries.