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“Slip and fall” accidents and the injuries that result fall into a category of law called “premises liability.” What does this mean?
If you get injured on the property of another, and the condition of the property was a factor to that injury, the property owner may be liable for your damages.
Property owners on Long Island, including Hempstead, West Hempstead, Amityville, and Valley Stream, have responsibilities. They must maintain their property in such a way as to be reasonably safe.
Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents can be the cause of serious injuries. If you have been injured in one of these types of accidents, you need to speak with our experienced personal injury attorneys at Levine and Wiss. We can tell you about your options for securing any compensation allowable by law.
At Levine and Wiss, our slip-and-fall attorneys have 100 years of combined experience securing substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients. From 2009-2020, we have been featured in Verdict Search’s Top New York Verdicts. We understand that you may require serious medical assistance after a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident.
Our Long Island premises liability lawyers are committed to helping you secure access to the medical and financial resources you need to recover.
Did you slip in a supermarket in Elmhurst? Did you fall in a parking lot in Queens? Did you fall down a flight of stairs in an office building in Brooklyn? Did your child get hurt in a neighbor’s backyard or fall off his bike because of an unrepaired pothole?
Regardless of where your slip and fall accident occurred, various parties might be legally responsible for paying you for your injuries. Generally, the parties who control the property can be held liable when negligence results in accidents and injuries.
Property owners, landlords, business owners, and municipal governments owe various duties to the public and visitors to their properties. When a party fails to uphold the duties and you get injured, you might be legally entitled to compensation.
Property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe. What does this mean?
In general, it means that property owners must take reasonable steps to fix conditions that they know to be unsafe. Also, property owners are responsible for taking reasonable steps to correct conditions that they should have known to be dangerous.
Negligence occurs when a property owner fails to take reasonable steps to fix dangerous conditions they knew or should have known about. Negligence can also occur when they fail to repair the condition or repair it ineffectively. Failing to warn about the danger can also be negligent.
All cases differ in small ways. However, with our experience with slip and fall claims, we see some situations repeatedly. Many slip and fall cases fall into one of several categories:
Did you get hurt when you slipped on a patch of ice in a poorly lit parking lot in Valley Stream? Did you fall and get hurt in a Brooklyn clothing store because of a bumpy or frayed carpet? Did you get hit on the head by a falling object in the supermarket in Hempstead?
If you experienced any of these types of accidents, call our personal injury lawyers to find out if you can file a premises liability claim.
In towns like Hempstead, West Hempstead, Valley Stream, and Levittown, people get hurt every day.
There is always some risk involved in everyday activities, and it is fair to expect the occasional misstep and rolled ankle. Not all accidents can result in legal claims and the recovery of compensation.
The key to a premises liability claim is proving that someone was negligent and that negligence resulted in your injuries. Proving negligence in a slip and fall case requires at least one following:
Our experienced premises liability lawyers at Levine and Wiss understand what it takes to prove that a property owner was negligent. Call us and tell us about your slip and fall accident and let us determine if you are entitled to monetary compensation.
Slip and fall claims often hinge on whether a property owner acted reasonably. What reasonably means must be examined on a case-by-case basis. Consider this hypothetical situation and how we might evaluate reasonableness:
You went to the grocery store to purchase some items. In the condiment aisle, you slipped and fell on a patch of spilled salad dressing, breaking your arm and suffering a concussion.
Some questions we might ask to determine whether the property owner, store manager or an employee acted reasonably are:
Once these factors are considered, and we determine negligence likely caused your accident and injuries, we can figure out how much your injuries are worth.
We know that slip and fall injuries can be severe.
Broken bones, head injuries, and back injuries can result in lifelong problems. You might need surgeries, therapies, and medication. You might not be able to return to work for some time, if ever.
Our lawyers at Levine and Wiss take pride in our dedication to ensuring our clients receive the maximum compensation that premises liability laws allow.
We can help you collect damages for lost wages, medical expenses, and other losses you might experience after your slip and fall accident on Long Island.
To protect your rights and to help you secure the kind of compensation that your injuries actually warrant, turn to the experienced personal injury lawyers of Levine and Wiss, PLLC.
We are dedicated to helping our clients secure the maximum compensation.
There are time limits to file personal injury claims.
We don’t know how much time you have left until we hear about your case. Call Levine and Wiss today at 888-GOT-HURT or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation of your slip and fall case.
We represent clients on a contingent fee basis, which means we don’t get paid until you secure the compensation the laws allow.