Slip and Fall Attorney for Serious Injuries
Slip and fall accidents are extremely common; in fact, more common than most people realize. At The Law Offices of Jay D. Jacobson PLLC, we know that not all slip and fall lawyers are created equal. When you are a victim, you may be facing enormous costs related to any injuries you suffer including not only medical expenses, but lost income, pain and suffering, and more. It is critical to choose a New York slip and fall lawyer with the experience, skill, and committed approach essential to obtaining the results you desire and deserve.
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Slip and fall injuries may occur as the result of an icy sidewalk, torn rug/carpeting, slippery floor that has just been mopped or polished, or even a spill or uneven stair tread. There are countless situations in which this type of accident may occur, however property owners are responsible for keeping their premises safe for anyone who may use the property. In New York City, Long Island, and surrounding areas the most common types of slip and fall accidents are related to those involving elevators or escalators, retail stores with cluttered aisles, wet floors, and sidewalk or parking lot accidents.
Long Island & New York City Premises Liability Attorneys. At the law office of Jay D. Jacobson, PLLC, we represent clients injured because of the poorly maintained or unsafe condition of another’s premises. From offices in Nassau County, and Manhattan, we represent clients throughout New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Long Island. Our premises liability attorneys work directly with clients, guiding them through every step of the legal process. If you have been injured due to inadequate security in a building or because of a fall on unsafe stairs, contact our experienced premises liability attorney for a free initial consultation.
Who is Responsible in a Slip and Fall Accident?
From a legal standpoint, it is typically the property or premises owner who is responsible or liable in these types of accidents. In order for the party to be held liable for costs associated with your injuries, at least one of the following scenarios must be proven:
- A spill or other dangerous condition was caused by the owner or an employer of the premises;
- The owner of the property or an employee must have been aware a dangerous condition existed and failed to properly correct the condition;
- The owner of the premises or an employee “should” have been aware or realized a dangerous condition was present.
In Queens, Brooklyn, Westchester, the Bronx, and throughout New York it is quite common for individuals to experience a slip and fall on ice and/or snow, given the often inclement weather conditions during winter months. Ultimately, property owners are obligated to ensure their property is properly maintained and safe for patrons, employees, and anyone who may come onto the property. This includes both interior and exterior property such as parking lots, sidewalks, etc. When in the midst of an ice or snowstorm, property owners are given a reasonable amount of time to clear the ice/snow and make the premises safe.
Slip and Fall in a Building or Premises?
Injuries suffered on another’s property, whether in a home, on a sidewalk, or in a commercial building or shop, are often the result of:
- Improper or negligent maintenance of a building, store, sidewalk, street, other private, public, or commercial space.
- Complete disregard for the safety of others.
- Unsafe conditions created by construction crews, landlords, or tenants.
- Negligent snow, ice, or water removal including improper shoveling, draining, or salting.
- Environmental hazards such as sick building syndrome, mold, or lead paint / lead poisoning.
- Structural design flaws such as collapsing facades, sidewalk defects, tree well defects, parking lot defects, or collapsing scaffolding.
- Inadequate security, including a broken lock, broken or unlocked window, unlit or low-lit stair well or walking path, or unclear or unmarked exit route are often the result of the owner’s failure to adhere to physical security standards and generally accepted security practices. In addition to any existing standards, crime statistics, event history, community standards, and specific risk considerations play a part in determining whether an event was foreseeable and therefore, preventable.
Slip and Fall Lawsuits
Should you file a lawsuit when injured in a slip and fall accident? In many cases it is possible to reach an agreeable settlement out of court. However, it is critical to have an attorney on your side, as most insurance companies work to protect their own profits, and will use every trick in the book to limit or deny your claim. Most do not want to become involved in a lawsuit, and will negotiate fairly when the injured party is represented by an attorney.
Common slip and fall injuries include hip fractures, back and spinal cord injuries, head injuries, sprains and fractures to an ankle, knee, leg, hand, forearm, or pelvis, and shoulder injuries. In some cases, a particularly serious fall can result in permanent disability. Slip and fall litigation is certainly something a victim should consider if he/she has sustained a serious injury and the responsible party and/or his or her insurance company does not cooperate, or offers a much lower settlement than is fair. Slip and fall settlement amounts vary greatly depending on the nature of the injury or injuries, how it impacts the victim’s life, whether the victim can continue to work or will be unable to work for the short- or long-term, and other factors.
If you are in search of an attorney for slip and fall cases who has vast experience and a proven track record for success, rely on New York slip and fall lawyer Jay D. Jacobson. Our firm is dedicated to protecting the legal rights of those who have been injured, and obtaining the full damages you deserve for costs related to your injuries.
Successful Client Representation
We have successfully represented many clients over the years. Our verdicts and settlements are a testament to our success and commitment to our clients. We have represented companies such as Con-Ed, Verizon, Cable Vision, Time Warner Cable, relating to running cable and electric lines in a proper manner. We have also represented Brooklyn Union Gas, the New York City Transit Authority, the Manhattan Transit Authority, and the Bronx Transit Authority regarding proper placement of necessary lines and equipment and upkeep of buildings and property.
If you or a family member has been injured in a fall or other accident away from your home, you may have a premises liability claim. Contact Jay D. Jacobson, PLLC, for a free initial consultation now! Our personal injury lawyers will help you obtain a fair resolution to your claim. We offer evening appointments. Se habla español.
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