Slip and fall accidents occur every day on Long Island and a particularly bad fall can result in devastating injuries. When a slip and fall accident is caused by the negligence of a property owner, injury victims can file a lawsuit to recover damages. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you need the right personal injury attorney on your side.
Located in Garden City, the Law Offices of Robert Purzak routinely represents slip and fall accident victims in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. We are well-versed in the applicable premises liability laws and have a well-earned reputation for providing our clients with aggressive legal representation. By leveraging our legal knowledge and experience, we will help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.
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What is premises liability?
Premises liability laws require owners of private, commercial and public property on Long Island to maintain their property and provide a safe environment to pedestrians and visitors. This includes neighbors, mail carriers, patrons, vendors, passersby, and others. To have a valid claim, it is necessary to demonstrate that the property owner failed to properly maintain the property and/or failed to warn others of any existing hazards. It is also necessary to show that property owner was aware, or should have been aware, of the hazard, and failed to protect the public from being injured on the premises.
Causes of a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents can be caused by a number of potential hazards, such as:
- Wet, icy, or slippery surfaces
- Broken stairs/poorly secured banisters
- Torn or uneven carpeting
- Debris/obstructed walkways
- Poorly lit walkways or hallways
- Uneven or warped flooring
- Poorly secured rugs
- Failing to warn visitors about a hazardous condition
- Failing to take prompt action to remedy a hazard
Common Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents include:
- Hip fractures
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Fractures and sprains
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
Such injuries may vary based on factors such as the type of fall — from a height, down a number of stairs, off a ladder, on a raised sidewalk — or the age and fitness level of the accident victim.
Damages You May Recover in a Premises Liability Lawsuit
You may be entitled to significant compensation if the property owner:
- Neglected to remove dangerous obstacles
- Failed to make the necessary repairs in a timely manner
- Failed to warn you up about hazardous a condition
The compensation that you may be awarded in a slip and fall injury claim includes economic and non-economic damages. The former will compensate you for lost wages, medical expenses, and loss of earning capacity while the latter covers losses that cannot be quantified such as pain and suffering, permanent disability and loss of enjoyment of life (e.g. companionship, spousal relationships, emotional support).
Because New York is a comparative negligence state for purposes of premises liability claims, the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced if you contributed to the accident in any way. As an example, if you tripped on a raised sidewalk in front of your neighbor’s home but it can be proven that you were not paying attention to your surroundings, an insurance claims adjuster or a jury may find there was comparative fault. So if you are assigned 20 percent of the fault, and damages are assessed at $10,000, the amount of your award will be reduced to $8,000.
Why Call Our Long Island Slip and Fall Lawyer
Backed by over 35 years of experience handling personal injury claims, we have the knowledge and skill that are necessary for holding negligent property owners accountable. Our legal team will take the time to explain all of your rights and determine whether you have a viable claim.
We will conduct an intensive investigation to determine whether the property owner failed to maintain the premises or provide adequate warnings of the hazardous condition. Our legal team will take pictures of the accident scene, identify and interview witnesses and obtain and review accident and medical reports. We are keenly aware that it is crucial to act quickly because property owners may attempt to correct the hazard before evidence is collected.
Although premises liability lawsuits are frequently resolved through negotiations with the property owner’s insurance company, insurers often attempt to settle claims for as little money as possible. We will leverage our knowledge and skill to level the playing field and make sure you receive the full value of your claim. If the insurer fails to make a reasonable offer, we are fully prepared to litigate your case in court.
At the Law Offices of Robert Purzak, we believe that no one should suffer because of a property owner’s negligence. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on Long Island, we can help. Contact our office today to set up a free consultation. We help the injured throughout Long Island, including the towns of Brentwood, Coram, Deer Park, Hempstead, Islip, Roosevelt, and Wyandanch.