New York Trip, Slip, and Fall Accident Lawyers

Legal Representation After a Trip, Slip, and Fall Accident

The average New Yorker takes approximately 8,000 steps per day. Unfortunately, it only takes one step to seriously alter or even end a person’s life. Property owners have a legal obligation to provide a "reasonably safe" environment for anyone who lawfully enters their property or premises. Legally, this obligation is referred to as a "duty of care." Failure to keep the property reasonably safe is considered a "breach" of the owner’s duty of care, which makes them liable for any injuries that result from the unsafe conditions on their property.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a slip, trip, and fall accident, you may be able to pursue compensation for certain damages. To get the settlement you and your family deserve, you will need the representation of an experienced NY slip-and-fall accident attorney. The legal team Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, has been successfully representing injury victims for over 50 years. Let us put our wealth of knowledge and experience to work on your claim by calling (212) 986-7353 for a free consultation.

Common Injuries from Trip, Slip, and Fall Accidents

The exact injuries from a fall accident depend on the details of the accident. For example, someone who falls down a flight of stairs may have different injuries from a person who slips on an icy sidewalk. In general, some injuries are common in this sort of accident. These include:

  • Minor bruises and scrapes: Minor trips and falls can result in minor injuries, including bruises, scrapes, and small cuts. These are usually painful but otherwise not a major issue. When the skin is broken, however, there is potential for infection if it is not cleaned and cared for properly after the fall.
  • Lacerations: More serious lacerations can occur. Such cuts can result in blood loss and require medical attention to treat and mend, often requiring stitches, glue, or staples. The risk of infection from these injuries is high, so medical treatment is important.
  • Broken bones: Broken bones are quite painful. They require medical care from a professional to set properly in order to heal correctly. Painkillers may be needed when dealing with broken bones, and recovery times can be relatively long for getting over such an injury.
  • Internal injuries: This includes damage to the heart, lungs, liver, or other organs, as well as muscle, ligament, and tendon damage. These injuries might not be immediately obvious to the person who has been injured. This makes them quite dangerous, since unforeseen complications can arise.
  • Neck and shoulder injuries: Even minor neck injuries can cause chronic pain and impact a person's quality of life and ability to sleep. Serious injuries to the neck and shoulders can take a long time to recover from, and may even need surgery to fully heal.
  • Spinal cord injuries: Injuries to the spinal cord are among the most dangerous a person can sustain in a fall. Spinal cord injuries can result in chronic pain, difficulty moving, and even paralysis. These injuries have life-long implications, including complications that may prove fatal.
  • Traumatic brain injuries: Brain injuries are about the most serious injuries possible. They are often fatal, especially if a person's head strikes the corner of a step or curb. Brain injuries can cause cognitive disorders and disabilities that may take years of treatment to either overcome or simply learn to live with.

Compensation for Trip, Slip, and Fall Injuries

If you have suffered any injuries resulting from unsafe conditions of a property, you may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following damages:

  • Current medical bills
  • Future medical bills related to your injury
  • Pain and suffering
  • Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Household and vehicle modifications
  • Permanent injury or disability
  • Partial or complete paralysis
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Mental anguish and emotional duress
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of career or earning capacity
  • Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
  • Punitive damages

Compensation for Wrongful Death

It is estimated that 15% of all accidental fatalities are caused by falls. If you have lost a loved one in such an accident, you and your family may be able to pursue compensation for the following damages:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased before death
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of future benefits (such as medical benefits and retirement benefits)
  • Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
  • Loss of household duties performed by the deceased (including property and vehicle maintenance, childcare, chores, etc.)

Where Do Most Trip, Slip, and Fall Accidents Happen?

These accidents are so common they can happen anywhere, but certain locations may be more dangerous than others. These include places like:

  • Homes: Slip-and-fall accidents in the home can be very serious, especially if a person is alone. These accidents are particularly dangerous for the elderly. Accidents caused by unsafe conditions in or around the house may be the fault of the homeowner.
  • Workplace: The property owner or business owner might be held liable for a slip-and-fall injury, depending on the details of how it happened and what unsafe conditions existed.
  • Construction sites: Construction sites are the most dangerous workplaces in the country, especially for fall accidents. Injuries can happen in many different ways, but negligence and poor decision-making is often involved, leaving supervisors and companies liable for such accidents.
  • Sidewalks: Sidewalks that are poorly maintained or cluttered with debris lead to more accidents. Snow and ice can be very dangerous, and property owners are expected to keep their sidewalks reasonably safe or they may be liable for injuries on them.
  • Government buildings: While the government is typically immune from civil claims, there are exceptions. Should a slip-and-fall accident occur on government property due to negligence on the part of that agency, a lawsuit may be viable.
  • Proven Success in Fall-Related Claims

    For over half a century, the law offices of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, have been fighting for the rights of New York City injury victims, securing them substantial settlements.

    Our NYC premises liability lawyers will take a personal interest in your case and secure you and your family the compensation you need and deserve. The attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, have secured many substantial settlements for slip, trip, and fall injuries, including multi-million-dollar payouts. Call us today for a free consultation by dialing (212) 986-7353.

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