Finkelstein & Partners
No matter where you live in New York, you run into dangerous situations that could lead to a slip and fall injury as you go about your daily routine. Often, people avoid falls or fall in such a way that they can get up, brush themselves off, and go about their day. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Slip and fall accidents can lead to severe injuries, especially for the most vulnerable of our population—young children and older adults. Property owners are legally responsible for keeping their premises safe for visitors and removing any hazards that might lead to a slip and fall accident. Negligent property owners who fail to live up to their duty put people at risk for slip and fall accidents and injuries.
If you have sustained injuries in a New York slip and fall accident, you have the legal right to seek compensation for losses related to the slip and fall accident and your injuries. Severe injuries cause emotional and financial distress on top of the physical pain of injury. You should not have to absorb the cost of medical treatment, lost wages, and other expenses because a negligent property owner did not maintain a safe environment.
The New York slip and fall injury attorneys at Finkelstein & Partners have advocated for negligence victims, including those injured in slip and fall accidents, for more than six decades. Consult with our team so we can review your slip and fall injury claim. Once we confirm you are eligible to recover compensation, we can help you hold the property owner responsible for your injuries accountable for their negligence.
Why Choose Finkelstein & Partners to Handle Your Slip and Fall Claim
Finkelstein & Partners has over 60 years of experience negotiating, settling, and litigating personal injury cases, including those involving slip and fall accident injuries. Our firm has received national recognition for our professional excellence from respected publications, such as Super Lawyers.
Additionally, several lawyers at Finkelstein & Partners belong to the elite Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We are dedicated to providing personalized service to our clients as we advocate for them through every step of the legal process.
Finkelstein & Partners’ commitment to seeking justice has led to the recovery of tens of millions of dollars for our clients from settlements and jury awards.
Examples of recent case results in slip and fall accident injury cases include:
- $925,000 settlement for a client who fell in a 10” x 10” hole in an unlit driveway while they were responding to a burglar alarm in their capacity as a police officer.
- $850,000 settlement for a client who fell after a concrete step broke away on the interior stairs of a hotel, causing them to hurt their back and shoulder and miss work for eight months.
- $700,000 settlement for a client who injured their shoulder after they slipped and fell on the ice while performing a safety inspection on their tanker truck after filling it with gas.
Slip and fall accident victims need to concentrate on healing from their injuries and let an experienced New York slip and fall injury attorney advocate for them. If you have suffered injuries in a New York slip and fall accident, Finkelstein & Partners can help. We service injured victims of negligence from our offices throughout New York.
You can find our offices in:
- Wappingers Falls
- White Plains
Contact us for a free consultation to discuss the events leading up to your slip and fall accident, your injuries, and how they have impacted your life. We love to meet prospective clients in person, but injuries and life circumstances sometimes prevent face-to-face meetings. If you cannot travel to one of our New York office locations, we can arrange a virtual meeting for your convenience. Finkelstein & Partners is here to help whenever and wherever you need us.
New York Slip and Fall Accident Injury Compensation
Each New York slip and fall accident has different circumstances that increase or decrease the compensation someone might receive if they prevail in their claim. Several factors also impact the type of compensation a victim of negligence might recover, so it is impossible to guarantee a specific financial outcome.
Examples of damages commonly included in New York slip and fall injury claims include compensation for:
- Medical treatment costs, including ambulance transport, emergency room services, hospitalization, surgery, diagnostic imaging, pain medication, and follow-up doctor visits
- Rehabilitation costs, including specialized treatment like physical, occupational, and speech therapy, or any other treatment that helps injured people face the physical and mental challenges associated with their injuries
- Estimated future medical expenses when a slip and fall accident victim suffers permanent damage that requires continuous treatment
- Lost wages from missing work because of the slip and fall accident and healing from injuries
- Estimated future lost wages when a slip and fall accident leads to a catastrophic injury that prevents someone from working
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Factors that affect the amount of damage you could recover in your New York slip and fall accident injury claim include:
- The nature, scope, and severity of your slip and fall accident injuries.
- The total time you missed from work because of your injuries.
- The total economic loss you incurred because of your slip and fall accident and injuries.
- Your chances of full recovery from your injuries.
The New York slip and fall accident injury lawyers at Finkelstein & Partners can review your case, gather relevant documents and evidence, and advise you on which damages apply to your claim. We aim to help our clients recover the most compensation possible for their injuries.
Statute of Limitations for New York Slip and Fall Injury Claims
Each state has strict time limits for victims of negligence to take legal action against the person, business, or other entity responsible for their injuries. In New York, slip and fall accident victims must comply with the three-year statute of limitations. This means you have three years from the date of your injuries to bring a lawsuit to recover damages.
If you do not take action before the three-year time limit runs out, you risk missing your chance to recover damages for your injuries. Additionally, you have no leverage to negotiate a fair settlement with the homeowners or business insurance provider that is likely involved with the claim.
New York courts can pause the statute of limitations time clock under rare circumstances. However, contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible, especially with an approaching deadline. Finkelstein & Partners can review the facts of your slip and fall accident claim and work to ensure you do not miss critical deadlines.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents occur for a wide range of reasons. Sometimes people slip and fall on their own. When a property owner could have prevented a slip and fall accident, negligence is the leading cause of the accident. Depending on the situation, you might hold managers, supervisors, and homeowners liable for damages when their negligence leads to a slip and fall accident and injuries.
Examples of hazardous situations conducive to slip and fall accidents include:
- Loose carpeting, rotten flooring, broken tiles, and other worn or old floor coverings
- Loose or broken handrails and steps on stairs
- Uncleared debris and trash in storefronts, driveways, and parking lots
- Uncleared snow and ice in storefronts and other areas with high foot traffic
- Slippery floors from wet product usage or spillage, including water, food, oil, and cleaning solutions
- Slippery floors from dry product usage or spillage, including hay, dirt, sand, powders, and granules
- Cracked or uneven walkways, sidewalks, driveways, and boardwalks
Property owners have a legal duty to fix known issues as soon as possible. They must warn visitors of the dangers when they cannot immediately fix something. Something as simple as a Slippery When Wet sign can prevent severe slip and fall accidents and injuries.
Fighting the Insurance Company After a New York Slip and Fall Injury
Insurance companies do not stay in business by paying the total amount of every claim they receive. They look for every possible angle to deny or devalue a claim, even when they know their policyholder is responsible for injuries.
Depending on the location of your slip and fall accident, a homeowner, commercial business, or commercial property insurance provider will likely be involved with your claim. Whether the policyholder or your lawyer files a claim for your slip and fall accident injuries, you can be sure the insurance carrier will want to speak with you as soon as possible.
The insurance company will assign a representative to the claim to investigate the slip and fall accident and decide whether to approve or deny the claim. The representative will gather as much evidence, including documents, police reports, medical records, and anything else that will inform their decision. They want to find any information to fight your claim and avoid a payout. Often, insurance carriers request accident victims to provide a recorded statement about the accident and their injuries. They also ask injured victims to release their medical records.
Once an insurance company contacts you, it is in your best interest to let an attorney handle communications to protect the value of your New York slip and fall injury claim. Your attorney will only provide the necessary information to comply with the law. For example, your lawyer will ensure you do not give them a recorded statement that they will try to use against you later. Additionally, you do not have to release your entire medical history to the insurance provider; they only need medical records related to your slip and fall injuries.
One typical tactic insurance providers use to reduce the amount of damages they need to pay for injuries is to make a quick settlement offer soon after the slip and fall accident, especially when they know their policyholder is at fault. These predatory offers attempt to get financially desperate accident victims to settle the claim. However, early offers seldom fall under the umbrella of fair compensation for injuries. The company does not have to pay a larger amount later because once someone signs a settlement agreement, they waive their right to sue for future compensation for the same slip and fall injuries.
The biggest problem with accepting an early settlement offer from an insurance provider is that you likely do not know the full scope of your injuries and your likelihood of a full recovery. This is especially true in slip and fall accidents when brain injuries are common, from victims hitting their heads on the ground or pavement. Accepting an offer too early can leave you without the funds you need to pay for additional treatment.
Slip and fall injury lawyers have experience dealing with insurance companies and their questionable tactics. Finkelstein & Partners helps clients through the claims process, reviews all settlement offers and fights for maximum compensation.
Contact a New York Slip and Fall Injury Attorney Today
Slip and fall accident injuries can leave people unable to work as medical bills pile up, creating an economic burden for households. For some families, the medical bills and lost wages make it difficult to afford daily necessities.
If you suffered injuries in a New York slip and fall accident, you should have to suffer financially because of a negligent property owner. Your physical injuries are bad enough. You need a seasoned attorney on your side to help you recover damages for your losses.
The skilled legal team at Finklestein & Partners has the knowledge and resources to help. Contact us online, where you can submit your case for review, or call us at (518) 452-2813 to discuss your slip and fall accident and learn more about how we can help you through this difficult time.