Injuries resulting from slips, trips, and falls are common, but victims can sustain severe and even life-threatening injuries. Slip and fall injury lawsuits are premises liability claims. Premises liability refers to property owners’ responsibilities to keep their property safe for those who are invited onto the property. Property owners have a duty to make sure that their property is maintained in such a state that it is reasonably safe for others to use, and property owners can be held accountable when individuals suffer harm while on the property, especially when the harm is caused by the property owner’s negligence.
Most slip and fall accidents are the result of dangerous conditions on the property. You may be able to recover compensation for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident if you can demonstrate that:
- You were on the property legally, and were not trespassing;
- There was a dangerous condition on property;
- The property owner knew or should have known about the condition but was negligent in failing to correct it; and
- Your injuries directly resulted from the dangerous condition.
Dangerous conditions may include wet floors, ice and snow, unlit stairwells, or uneven sidewalks. Debris or obstacles on a walking path, improperly marked stairs, and slick walking surfaces can all pose a threat of causing a slip and fall accident.
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, including broken or fractured bones, bruises, head injuries, concussions, neck, back and spinal cord injuries, twisted ankles, feet and knees, pulled muscles, sprain and strain injuries, and more. Falls are especially dangerous for the elderly, who are more likely to sustain broken hips and broken bones, which have a long recovery time, and these types of injuries run the risk of developing complications when the slip and fall victim is an elderly individual.
Injuries from slip and fall accidents can take a long time to heal, and can require a lot of medical care, including the long-term use of a walking assistance device, such as a cane, walking stick or a wheelchair. Getting around after a slip and fall accident might be challenging and frustrating for a slip and fall victim. Issues with mobility can make everyday living difficult after a slip and fall accident.
The most serious slip and fall accidents might require surgery or months of physical therapy, or could leave you temporarily or permanently disabled. Your injury could require you to take time off from work, or you might not ever be able to return to your former line of work if your slip and fall injury renders you unable to continue doing the same type of work after your injury.
You should be compensated for your injury, medical expenses and lost wages by those who are responsible for causing your injury. Do not delay in contacting an experienced New York slip and fall accident attorney.
It is critically important in a slip and fall accident case to demonstrate who should be held liable for the harm caused to the victim, and the scope and extent of the harm suffered by the victim. A skilled slip and fall lawyer can help you establish who should be held liable to you for your injuries, and can help you accumulate a wealth of evidence that supports your case.
To prove a property owner’s responsibility for a slip and fall accident, you must collect evidence, such as photos of the site of the accident, medical records and bills, any eyewitnesses, and a copy of any incident report. Your lawyer can help with this process and make sure your case is strong.
Evidence is key to establishing liability, and for demonstrating how much you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Damage calculations are often based on the scope and extent of a victim’s injuries, so having a lot of good, concrete medical evidence is very helpful in slip and fall cases. Doctor’s notes, scans, x-rays, test results and any other medical evidence of your injury will be useful in showing just how much harm you have suffered, and how much medical care your injuries will require in the future until you can make a full recovery.
If you have sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident, please contact the attorneys at Ask Your Lawyer today for a free consultation.
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