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New York Slip and Fall Attorneys

Injured In a Slip and Fall Accident? We Can Help!

New York Slip and Fall Accident AttorneySlip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of premises liability claims filed in the United States each year. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits. Although slip and falls occur in all age groups, it is most prevalent in the older age group. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one of every three persons over the age of 65 will experience a fall each year in the U.S. Half of these victims are repeat fallers.

When an individual trips or falls as a result of the negligence of another party, the victim may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim to seek compensation for his or her injuries. If you believe that your trip or slip and fall accident was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party, you should immediately consult with one of the experienced attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. If we determine that you have a valid claim, we will aggressively protect your legal rights and help you obtain the full compensation that you are entitled to for the injuries that you have suffered.

Proving a Slip and Fall Accident Claim

Slip and fall accidents are generally considered a type of “premises liability” case. These types of cases arise when the negligence of a property owner to upkeep or maintain the premises causes injury to another person. Successfully proving a slip and fall accident is not as easy as most people think.

The majority of slip and fall accidents are based on a negligence cause of action. There are several elements that must be established to prove a property owner’s negligence:

  • The first element is to prove that the property owner owed you a reasonable duty of care.
  • Breach of duty of care. The second element that must be proven is that the property owner breached his or her duty of care to you.
  • Actual and proximate cause. Third, your attorney must prove that the property owner’s breach of duty of care was the actual and direct cause of the accident.
  • The last element is to establish that you suffered physical harm.

The most common places where slip and fall accidents typically occur are shopping centers, office buildings, schools, restaurants, train and bus stations, and supermarkets. Regardless of where you got injured, our attorneys will work hard to prove your claim and hold the responsible parties accountable for the personal injuries that you suffered.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents typically occur as a result of dangerous conditions or hazards. These hazards often result from poor maintenance, poor design or other such obstacles. Some common causes of slip and fall accidents that our attorneys have successfully handled include:

  • Slippery surfaces
  • Spilled food
  • Water leaks
  • Poor lighting
  • Defective flooring
  • Poor design
  • Objects negligently left in walkways or pathways

These dangerous conditions can occur in various locations, such as doorways, ramps, cluttered hallways and stairways. Regardless of what caused your slip and fall accident or where it happened, if you were injured you need to take certain actions to protect your legal rights.

Important Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident

If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, any steps you take or fail to take can affect the outcome of your claim. Our team of expert lawyers advise clients to consider the following after a slip and fall accident:

  • Report the accident to the property owner or manager of the property where the accident occurred. This is particularly important if you were injured in a public place, such as a grocery store or restaurant.
  • Determine what caused your accident and immediately document it by taking a picture.
  • Get the names and contact information for any witnesses to your accident.
  • Seek medical attention, even if you think your injuries are minor.
  • Consult with an attorney who specifically these types of premises liability cases.

At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we are dedicated to serving the needs of our clients who are injured in all types of premises liability cases, specifically slip, trip and fall cases. We have the knowledge, experience and resources to help you seek the full compensation that you deserve.

The Value of Slip and Fall Cases

Every slip and fall case has its own set of unique facts, which play significant roles in determining an average case value. Some important factors that our slip and fall legal team will consider in determining the fair and just settlement amount of your case include:

  • The extent and nature of the personal injury that you suffered as a result of the accident.
  • The cost of your past and future medical care and rehabilitation.
  • Your loss of wages and loss of future earning capacity caused by a long term or permanent disability.
  • The extent of your non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, emotional and mental anguish, and punitive damages.

The NYC trip and fall attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. will work hard to make sure you get the full compensation that you deserve. When necessary, we will enlist the assistance life care planners and economists to help us determine the values of certain factors that will affect the outcome of the compensation we seek from the responsible parties.

Call Us Today

Best Lawyers: Edward Gersowitz, Jeff Korek and Michael Fruhling - PartnersIf you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury from a slip, trip and fall accident in New York or New Jersey, you need to hire an experienced attorney to protect your legal rights. The lawyers at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. are dedicated to helping clients hold the liable parties accountable.  For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys, please call us at (212) 385-4410.

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