Get Full Compensation for Your Slip and Fall Injuries
New York slip and fall accidents can occur in an instant and result in significant injuries. These cases can be complicated, which is why you need a lawyer who understands the law and recognizes that your injuries need to be taken seriously.
Parker Waichman LLP is an established personal injury and premises liability law firm, and we have years of experience successfully litigating slip and fall accident cases. Contact us today to discuss your potential for filing a lawsuit with one of the best slip and fall lawyers in NYC.
Hire an Experienced New York Slip and Fall Attorney
When you choose Parker Waichman to pursue your claim, you can feel confident that your case is in the hands of experienced professionals with a track record of success. We have secured more than $2 billion in compensation for our clients through the years, and we are ready to add your case to our list of favorable outcomes.
Results When You Need Them Most
Our superior client advocacy shows in some of the settlements and verdicts we have achieved for people injured due to falls. Some of our recent New York slip and fall and trip and fall settlements and verdicts include:
- $4.5 million for a man who sustained fractures to his left elbow, left wrist, and ribs after falling over a stanchion that remained on a sidewalk after a light pole had been removed.
- $2.7 million for a woman who fractured her ankle when her shoe became caught in rotten wood planks on a train platform.
- $2.4 million for a man who tripped over a galvanized electrical conduit in the sidewalk and fractured his humerus and left elbow.
- $400,000 for a tenant who sustained right arm fractures after falling on construction debris in an apartment building stairwell.
We know that your injuries are not something to shake off, and we will fiercely advocate for you to receive full compensation from the owner of the premises where you fell. Our clients and their families are extremely important to us; they are why we are in this business. Parker Waichman offer representation you can count on during this difficult time. Call or email our firm today to find out how we can help you get the results you need.
Slip and Fall Causes and Injuries in New York
Slip and fall cases and trip and fall cases can have numerous causes. New York slip and fall accidents usually involve someone slipping on a slick surface, while trip and fall accidents generally occur when someone trips over an obstruction. Some of the most common causes of both of these types of accidents include:
- Snow and/or ice
- Water or puddles
- Oil or slick substance spills
- Broken or uneven portions of the sidewalk
- Potholes or defects in a parking lot
- Fallen or discarded items in walkways
- Broken, uneven or loose flooring
- Bunched, loose, or torn carpet
- Loose rugs or mats
- Pipes or objects sticking through the floor
- Inadequate lighting
- Unclear or inadequate signage to mark steps or changes in flooring
- Broken, rusted or loose railings
- Rotten, weakened or degraded wood
- Broken or uneven stairs
Common Slip and Fall Injuries in New York
When people slip or trip and fall, they can suffer severe injuries, including:
- Fractured bones
- Broken bones
- Shattered Bones
- Torn ligaments
- Internal injury
- Head trauma
- Spinal cord injury
If someone falls from a height, such as when a balcony railing gives way, the consequences can be devastating. Many of these injuries require surgery to repair, and some end up requiring multiple surgeries and extended hospital stays. All of these injuries have detrimental effects on the victims’ lives. They suffer physical and emotional damage and have to undergo costly medical treatment while taking time away work and away from their families. As the financial burden increases, people start to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is where a dedicated attorney can step in to help.
The attorneys at Parker Waichman understand how your injuries have affected you, and we want to help you recover the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses and make up for the time you have had to take off from work. We will guide you through the legal process and bring some much-needed peace of mind to you and your family.
Elements of Slip and Fall Litigation
In proving a slip and fall case or trip and fall case, we have to be able to establish a few things throughout the course of your case:
- A dangerous condition existed on the premises
- The premises owner knew about the dangerous condition or should have known about the dangerous condition
- The premises owner failed to take corrective action to eliminate the condition
- You were injured in some way on the premises
- Your slip and fall injury was caused by the dangerous condition on the premises
New York Slip and Fall Laws and Property Owners’ Responsibility
New York law requires that a premises owner has had a reasonable time to correct the dangerous condition in order for them to be liable for your injuries. For instance, during a snowstorm, the owner needs a reasonable amount of time to clear off the walkways and parking lot before a person would be able to mount a viable legal case for slipping on the snow. In addition, upon learning that maintenance needs to be completed, the owner must be allowed a certain amount of time to carry out such maintenance.
Owners have a duty to make sure that their premises are safe for patrons and customers. People expect to be free from harm while they are in a public place, and owners need to perform routine maintenance to make sure they are aware of all potential dangers. If they fail to perform necessary sweeps of the premises and regular upkeep, people can be injured in slip and fall and trip and fall situations. When people are injured in this way, they can and should hold the premises owners accountable.
Our lawyers understand the law governing these cases, and we know what it takes to win compensation for your injuries. Though these can sometimes be difficult claims to resolve, Parker Waichman will get to the bottom of what happened in your case and tirelessly seek the outcome you and your family deserve.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on New York Slip and Fall Cases?
The statute of limitations for a slip and fall case in New York is generally three years. This means that the state gives you three years from the date your accident occurred to file your case with the appropriate court. If you do not file a claim by this deadline, you can permanently lose your right to compensation, regardless of the merits of your case.
One of the reasons states pass statutes of limitations is to preserve the integrity of the judicial process. If you file your case in a timely fashion, you will tend to be prepared with more reliable evidence. However, if you delay, any witnesses you might call will have had more time to forget what they saw, and any documents or records you need might have been lost or destroyed.
It’s important to note that the statute of limitations for your slip and fall claim can vary depending on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. This is one of the reasons why it is very important to work with a skilled attorney who can determine the correct time limit to file your individual claim. The attorneys at Parker Waichman are diligent about investigating cases to calculate the statute of limitations right away so that we have enough time to put together the strongest case we can and file it in the correct court. Contact our New York office today to discuss your case and its statute of limitations.
How Can a New York Slip and Fall Lawyer Help Me?
In pursuing your slip and fall or trip and fall accident case, we will aggressively fight for compensation for all of your injuries. An accident like this can cause not only physical injury but also mental distress and financial damages: You should be compensated appropriately for all of these injuries, and our firm will work to make that happen. We will seek damages for every way you were harmed by the accident, which can include:
- Medical expense reimbursement for the treatment you have received and will need to receive in the future because of your injuries
- Lost wages to make up for the time you have already taken off from work and will need to take off from work in the future because of your injuries
- Damages for the physical and mental pain and suffering you have endured because of the accident
- Loss of consortium damages for the ways your injuries have affected your relationship with your spouse
When you hire our New York law firm, you can be confident that we will do everything we can to obtain the highest level of compensation possible. Our law office has secured more than $2 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we will advocate tenaciously for your individual needs. During your accident case, our attorneys will stand by your side and make sure your voice is heard. If you have been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, do not delay in hiring counsel to protect your rights. Parker Waichman can begin your case investigation today and dedicate the time and attention your claims deserve.
Starting the Accident Claims Process in New York
When you sign on with us, your Parker Waichman accident attorney will perform a thorough investigation of your claim in order to be assured that you receive the best outcome possible. When you first contact our firm, you will be able to speak to one of our compassionate staff members, who will listen to your account of what happened and explain the process we follow in reviewing cases. Then, you will begin working with a seasoned litigator at our firm, who will:
- Take down a detailed account of your accident, including what you slipped or tripped on and what injuries you experienced
- Identify and contact anyone who might have witnessed your accident, including anyone who also noticed the condition of the surface on which you slipped or tripped
- Speak with staff members or others affiliated with the premises in question to determine whether the owner knew about the condition or if they should have known about the condition that caused you to fall
- Order medical records documenting the treatment you received because of your accident injuries
- Obtain documents describing maintenance performed on the premises or detailing any conversations, memos, etc., discussing the condition that caused your injuries
- Hire medical or industry experts to provide favorable testimony for your case
- Draft a demand letter to send to the premises owner, insurance carriers, and counsel
- Engage in negotiations with the premises owner, insurance carriers, and counsel
- Draft and file a petition for damages on your behalf
These are just the steps leading up to the filing of your case, at which point we will initiate additional discovery, including depositions. If your slip and fall case progresses to trial, you can rest assured that you are represented by people who have the skills and experience necessary to achieve the verdict you need. Call our office to talk with us today about the services we can provide for you and your family.
What Should I Do if I Have a Slip and Fall Accident?
Following a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, it can be difficult to know what needs to be done. The accident will undoubtedly leave you shaken and confused. Keep these essential steps in mind should you find yourself in this situation:
- Seek medical attention. Regardless of how you feel, it’s necessary to seek medical attention after a fall. You need a medical evaluation to make sure that you do not have any injuries and that you receive proper care in the event you have been harmed. Remember, you have a right to request a copy of your medical records following your treatment, and having these records in advance can help to speed up your legal case.
- Make a note of the situation. After your fall, look around to see what you tripped or slipped on. It will be important for you to understand what caused the accident so that your attorney knows where to start at the outset of your case investigation.
- Document your surroundings and injuries. If you have a camera or camera phone and can take photos, it will be extremely helpful for you to take photos of the condition that caused you to fall and of any injuries you have suffered. If you need to wait to take some photographs of your injuries, you should do so as soon as you can to document the injuries as accurately as possible. It will be necessary to have evidence of the condition that caused your fall and the nature of your injuries.
- Notify the owner. Following a fall, the premises owner needs to be notified that you fell, why you fell, and how you have been injured. You can do this while you are still there if the owner is present, but be sure not to make any statements accepting any blame for your injuries. Do not sign any documents, as the owner might try to get you to waive your right to file a lawsuit. It is sometimes best to wait for your lawyer to make contact with the owner.
- Hire an experienced attorney. After you have slipped or tripped and fallen, you need to hire a skilled lawyer to investigate your claim and seek damages for your injuries. The lawyers at Parker Waichman have extensive experience with these types of cases and will help you secure the compensation you need for your injuries.
By following these important steps, you will be on track for a successful accident claim against the premises owner. However, if you are unable to accomplish any of these tasks, do not worry. Our attorneys will perform a thorough workup of your claim and uncover all of the evidence you need to obtain the best result possible.
Why Choose Our Slip and Fall Lawyers in NYC?
The legal system can be difficult to understand, especially when you are filing a claim against a premises owner who undoubtedly has experienced counsel determined to undermine your claim. At Parker Waichman, our attorneys take the stress out of the experience of pursuing a legal claim by making it as easy as possible for you to stand up for your rights. We’ll give you a free consultation with one of our skilled New York premises liability attorneys with absolutely no obligation, and once you sign on with us, we’ll keep you informed about the progress of your case without overwhelming you. We’ll also gladly answer any questions you have along the way.
Skilled Counsel at No Cost to You
We know that following an injury from slipping or tripping and falling, you are likely already under some financial strain as medical bills come in. That’s one reason we offer case consultations for free. Your initial meeting with us is at no cost to you, and we will investigate your case without ever asking for payment. If we happen to conclude that we cannot move forward with your case, you never need to be concerned that you will someday receive a bill from us: The expenses we have incurred will not be yours to pay.
If our lawyers find that we can proceed with your case, we will advance the costs of litigating your case, and our recovery will be contingent on yours. If we secure compensation on your behalf, we’ll be paid from a portion of the proceeds; if we do not, you’ll owe us nothing. We know that everyday people cannot afford the expenses associated with prosecuting a New York slip and fall claim, and that’s why we take on all of the financial risk ourselves.
National Reputation for Excellence
Parker Waichman has a long history of achieving results for our clients, and our personal injury and premises liability practice has received numerous accolades and honors from our colleagues, judges, and clients, including:
- The highest possible peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which has rated attorneys nationwide for more than a century
- A near-perfect AVVO score of 9.8 out of 10
- Inclusion in Best Lawyers, an honor bestowed based on extensive peer review
Frequently Asked Questions About New York Slip and Fall Accidents
How Long Does a Slip and Fall Case Take to Settle in NYC?
There is no standard amount of time it takes to settle a slip and fall case. Each slip and fall lawsuit has its own circumstances that must be evaluated, and the time to do so can differ. Some cases may be settled in just a few months, while others can take two to three years if they proceed to trial.
How Much Can I Expect From an NYC Slip and Fall Settlement?
The amount you receive from your slip and fall settlement will vary based on a variety of factors, such as how severe your injuries were. On average, a slip and fall settlement is somewhere between $15,000 and $45,000.
How Much Compensation Do You Get For Falling in a Supermarket?
As with all other slip and fall cases, this will depend on a few different factors, including the severity of your injuries. The best way to gauge how much you may be entitled to for a slip and fall injury in a supermarket is to speak an attorney about your case.
How Are Personal Injury Settlements Calculated?
In order to determine how much a personal injury settlement should be, several factors are taken into account. These include medical expenses, lost wages from missing work due to injuries sustained, damage to personal property as a result of the accident, and pain and suffering.
How Much Can I Get for Pain and Suffering?
Since the non-financial losses suffered in an accident can be subjective, they can be tricky to calculate and will differ from case to case.
Should I Hire a Slip and Fall Attorney in New York?
Yes. What may seem like a simple case can quickly become very complex, and having an attorney who knows the ins and outs of slip and fall laws will go a long way toward securing the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured in such an accident, contact Parker Waichman right away to speak with one of the best slip and fall lawyers in NYC.
Contact a New York Slip and Fall Attorney for Your Free Case Review Today
If you have been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident in New York, contact our law firm today for a free consultation by filling out our online form or calling 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529). We’ll advise you of your legal rights and potential next steps with absolutely no obligation.
How Do I Get My Police Report in Manhattan?
In the hours following an accident or arrest, a police report is generated by the investigating Manhattan police officer. Once the report has been generated a "public portion" of the report is available immediately. The public portion of the police report withholds information until the case is completely closed. Once the case has wrapped up, you or your attorney can talk to your local Manhattan police precinct to obtain a copy of the full police report. How you are able to get your report varies depending on the preference of the precinct. Some prefer to do it electronically, others via mail, and others in person. Regardless, there may be a waiting period and your precinct may charge a fee to request a copy of the police report. When it comes to help in getting a police report under New York personal injury law, Manhattan, NY, residents should know that Parker Waichman is here to help you make the most of your case. Our law firm is recognized nationally for our care of clients and skill in gathering evidence to get you the compensation you deserve.
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