Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries

You know the streets can be a dangerous place, but shouldn't you be able to expect to maintain your safety while walking down the sidewalk? 

Oftentimes, slip, trip and fall injuries occur when an area is unexpectedly wet or uneven. If it can be shown that the property owner knew about or caused the unsafe condition and did nothing to fix or warn of it, he/she may be held liable for any injury incurred from the accident.

Don’t try to cover the cost of your doctor bills or hospital stay yourself, give us a call. If your slip, trip, or fall was the result of a property owner’s negligence, we may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve to cover your expenses.

Introduction to Fall Down Accidents

In New York, there’s often a misconception that if you fall on someone else’s property you automatically are able to recover, and of course if you think about it your common sense will tell you that doesn’t make sense. In fact the law provides that if you’re an owner of a property you have a responsibility to keep it safe for those that you expect to be on the property. Naturally if you violate that responsibility and someone’s injured then they would have a claim that could be made against you for the injury and damages that they suffer as a result.


What is the difference between slip and fall and a trip and fall?
What are some common slip and fall accident examples?
Are state laws different from local and municipal laws?
What kinds of injuries result from these types of accidents?
How do I know if I have fall down cases?
Who is at fault for my fall down accident?
How quickly do I need to file? Are there deadlines?
How much will it cost me to hire an attorney?
Why is Finkelstein & Partners the right choice for fall down cases?
What kind of experience does your firm have with fall down?
What is the #1 thing I should know about fall down accidents?
Where do fall down accidents typically occur?
I am embarrassed that I fell. Should I still file a lawsuit?

 

What is the difference between slip and fall and a trip and fall?

Generally, the difference between a slip and fall and trip and fall is what you might imagine. Slipping is usually done on a wet surface or an icy surface as opposed to being a trip and fall, which occurs as a result of a change in elevation on some type of hole or other defect.
 

What are some common slip and fall accident examples?

Certainly the most common slip and fall accidents involve snow and ice and in this region of the country, we know that during the winter we have difficulty keeping our property clean and safe, and the law provides for that. If it is still snowing and your property has not been cleared, the law doesn’t place responsibility on you right away but rather once the storm has ended and a reasonable time has passed. At that time, the property owner is responsible for keeping there area clean and safe.


Are state laws different from local and municipal laws?

One of the reasons to contact our office as soon as possible after you have a fall incident is because it is important to make sure what area you happen to be living in or where that accident occurs. That is because the laws in certain towns and counties are different than others and as a result, it’s important for you to contact us as soon as possible so we can act quickly.
 

What kinds of injuries result from these types of accidents?

he types of injuries in most fall down cases involve fractures, very often to the arms or legs. Injuries to the shoulder are also very common as well as injuries to the back that may develop into permanent back injuries. Unfortunately, these injuries may not be evident until days, if not weeks after the fall. It is important that no matter when you find that a fall has caused you serious injury that you call us right away. 


How do I know if I have fall down case?

If you are injured in a fall and call us right away, we will be able to tell you fairly quickly whether or not you have a viable claim or not. If you don’t, we can still help you with other agencies that may offer you support in this time of suffering.
 

Who is at fault for my fall down accident?

It is important that anytime you fall and injure yourself that you call us right away and the reason for that is because we need to find out who is going to be held responsible. Very often of course it is the property owner but there may be others who have done work in that area or have contracted with the owner to do work who may be liable and we need to investigate that quickly.
 

How quickly do I need to file? Are there deadlines?

Especially in fall cases, it’s important that you contact us immediately for very important reasons. If the case involves a municipality or a school district, for example, there are limitations of time to which you can make a claim. And so as an experienced office, we know all of theses deadlines and will make sure to protect your interests as soon as possible.
 

How much will it cost me to hire an attorney?

Anytime someone is injured in a fall and comes to ours office they are relieved to know that we work on what is known as a contingency basis. That is, if we are not able to resolve your case and get you your money for your injuries and damages then you don’t owe us for a legal fee at all.
 

.Why is Finkelstein & Partners the right choice for fall down cases?

Finkelstein and Partners has been handling fall down cases since 1959. We have experience in investigating these cases, making sure that all of the concerns of the injured party are considered and are carefully handled with a very large support staff. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable with every single process of litigation.
 

What kind of experience does your firm have with fall down cases?

Our office is very experienced in handling falls that occur in parking lots, in areas of shopping centers and of course within stores themselves. One of things that’s important is that people in those circumstances are often distracted by the cars coming in the parking lots, or by looking at the merchandise in stores. So when there are unsafe conditions it can be really devastating to those just walking by minding their own business.
 

What is the #1 thing I should know about fall down accidents?

The number one thing someone should know about a fall down accident that it is important to call us right away. The sooner that we can get to the area where the accident occurred and do a full and complete investigation including taking photographs and speaking to witnesses, the better off you will be. Naturally, we’re able to help those that come to us long after an accident as well, but it just makes it that much harder.
 

Where do fall down accidents typically occur?

Fall down accidents can occur in places that you wouldn’t really imagine so it is important to call us right away regardless of where the incident happened. Whether it’s in a school, a parking lot, or in a store, it might involve liability due to someone’s negligence. It is important that you call us right away so we can determine that.
 

I am embarrassed that I fell. Should I still file a lawsuit?

One of the things that people often don’t realize, especially in cases where they fall, is that they try and blame themselves and often that’s just not the case. There are circumstances, such that we as pedestrians don’t always look down at the ground at where dangerous areas might be lurking, but that is not always your fault. Someone else may be liable for their failure to maintain their property. We can help you determine who is at fault for your injuries.