Slip and Fall Claim Attorneys
Thousands of people in New York City fall each year and get hurt. Whether or not that means you have a slip and fall case depends upon the facts. The personal injury attorneys at Held & Hines LLP have the experience necessary to skillfully analyze your case and aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve. Consult us as soon as possible after your fall because time is of the essence in gathering the evidence critical to building a successful slip and fall case.
Just because you fell does not mean you win. Even if you broke a bone or suffered a serious injury, it does not mean you will receive any money. Slip and fall cases are actually among the most difficult to win. The injured party must prove that the property owner had notice about whatever dangerous condition led to the fall and that the condition was a substantial factor in causing the injury.
Notice can be established in three ways. In rare cases, it can be proven that the property owner caused or created the dangerous condition. Sometimes, there might be evidence that the property owner had actual notice (someone told them or there is evidence of a prior complaint). Most often, slip and fall cases use constructive notice as the basis for liability (the dangerous condition was present for long enough that the property owner should have known about it and had enough time to correct it). That makes the length of time a dangerous condition existed a key fact.
Hazards are everywhere: water being tracked into a lobby on a rainy or snowy day making the floor slippery, icy steps, broken or defective stairs or a poorly-lit stairwell, spilled food or drink, uneven carpet or an object on the floor. The mere existence of these hazards does not prove your case. You need evidence such as witness statements, video security camera footage and photographs. You need personal injury attorneys such as ours at Held & Hines LLP who know the right questions to ask and what facts are critical to your case’s success.
Understanding what types of damages to seek on your behalf is another important element of our effective legal representation. A slip and fall case can have economic and non-financial losses such as past, present and future medical expenses, lost wages, disability, diminished earning capacity, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Slip and fall cases are based on negligence (the property owner’s failure to keep the property in a safe condition). The statute of limitations for these kinds of cases is three years.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury after a slip and fall, contact the personal injury attorneys at Held & Hines LLP today. With offices in Manhattan (New York City) and Brooklyn, our attorneys are ready to assist you, evaluate your case and advise you on how to proceed. Call 212-696-4LAW or 718-351-9700 today and visit our website at heldhines.com.