Utica Slip and Fall Lawyers Assisting Accident Victims to Receive Full and Fair Compensation
The property owner of a business or other privately owned structure has a legal obligation to maintain their property in such a manner to ensure that slip and fall accidents do not occur and cause serious injuries.
Sadly, fall accidents are a leading cause of injuries and even death not just in Utica but also in the surrounding areas. If you have suffered an injury from a slip and fall accident, you are most likely dealing with serious pain and the emotional trauma that accompanied the accident.
Inevitably, with fall injuries, there are substantial medical bills related to emergency room visits and the added cost of rehabilitation services. If your slip and fall accident is serious enough, it may cause you to be unable to work for an extended period of time. Consequently, due to lost wages and inability to work, you may suffer a serious financial crisis where it becomes difficult to make ends meet, let alone pay all of the medical debt that you have sustained due to your fall.
If you are the victim of a slip and fall accident, you need strong legal advice as to what you need to do in order to receive full compensation for your pain and suffering, pay medical expenses, and recover lost wages.
Contact our law firm by calling (315) 500-6425 to schedule a free strategy session with one of our highly qualified attorneys who can review your claim and answer any questions you may have.
What Are the Most Common Types of Slip and Fall Accidents in New York?
Above all else, if you experience a slip and fall accident, the first thing that you need to do is seek medical attention for your injuries. Even if you initially feel that you are fine, back injuries can manifest themselves at a later time and may eventually require surgery.
Some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents in New York are:
- Unsecured rugs or mats, loose wires or cables, and other debris or clutter
- Slippery floors caused by mopping or a buildup of ice and snow
- Broken sidewalks, pavement, or stair treads
- Uneven floors or stair treads
- Broken or missing safety railings
- Insufficient lighting
No matter how your slip and fall accident occurred, you may be entitled to recover money for your injuries and other financial considerations that are relevant to your accident.
What Happens if I Sustain My Injury While at Work?
Even with the recent trend to work remotely from home, a majority of employees still spend a significant portion of their day at their actual workplace. Even though your employer may go to great lengths to protect customers or clients from falls who visit the business location, they often fail to protect their own workers from injury. Many employees are forced to seek medical attention after a slip and fall at work.
If you are on the job and suffer a slip and fall accident, you need to speak with an attorney who can counsel you regarding your legal rights and options. Our personal injury lawyers are extremely knowledgeable about the laws regarding accidents in the workplace.
Workplace injuries often fall under the rules of worker’s compensation. However, there are certain extending circumstances in which a personal injury lawyer could assist you with a claim. The best course of action that you can take is to arrange to meet with an attorney who will listen to what you have to say and help guide you in the right direction as far as what legal course of action to take.
How Do You Prove Liability in a Slip and Fall Injury?
Proving liability in a slip and fall case can be exceedingly difficult. In order to successfully recover damages in a slip and fall claim, there must be four elements present within the parameters of your case:
A Hazard Existed on the Property: By law, property owners must keep their premises safe for visitors or guests. Consequently, it must be free of any type of hazard that could potentially cause an injury to others. A victim must be able to prove there were unsafe conditions present, which created a high degree of risk for injury to the property owner’s legal guests. Some other important aspects that the court would consider in regard to a hazard being present include
- The length of time that a dangerous condition was present on the property
- How often the property was inspected for potential hazards by the owner
- What type of methods the owner utilized to check for potentially dangerous conditions
- Whether the dangerous conditions would present less hazardous conditions had the property owner taken preventative measures.
The Victim Was Allowed on the Property: In order to prove a property owner was negligent in a fall injury, the victim must have been legally on the owner’s property at the time of the accident. If your injury was sustained by trespassing and you entered the property without the owner’s permission, then you are not permitted to file an injury claim.
The Victim Was Injured by the Hazard:
In order for a claim to be considered valid, the victim must have suffered an injury caused by the hazard that was present on the property. For example, when you seek medical treatment for your injury, a physician can determine how the injury occurred and document the finding in your medical records. This can be used as evidence to support your claim.
The Victim Suffered Damages Due to the Property Owner’s Negligence: In order to recover any type of compensation for your injuries, it must also be proven that you suffered damages. These can include lost wages, medical treatment, and loss of ability to earn an income.
If you have sustained a serious injury as a result of a slip and fall accident, you need an attorney who can work hard to recover the money that you deserve as compensation for your injuries. The law firm of Passalacqua & Associates, LLC takes great pride in maintaining positive attorney-client relationships, and we promise to keep you informed as your case progresses through the various stages involved in these types of accidents.
How Can a Slip and Fall Attorney Help Me With My Claim?
All too frequently, insurance companies attempt to minimize your injuries and the damage that your mind and body have experienced as the result of a fall. Repeatedly, we have witnessed insurers try to undervalue, delay, or outright deny a claim.
Fall accident lawyers understand how to investigate the circumstances that surround your case. Using investigative techniques, they can determine why you were injured and who is responsible.
Hiring an injury attorney in Utica can also help protect you if the property owners in question attempt to blame you for the accident and the injuries you have suffered.
Most importantly, a personal injury attorney can aggressively seek compensation for your injury. The only way to hold a person or business accountable for their negligence is to file a lawsuit to recover money for your injuries.
Contact us today by calling (315) 500-6425 and scheduling a free strategy session with one of our experienced attorneys.