You Slipped and Fell in the Bronx. Now What?
A slip and fall accident is an incident where a person falls and is injured due to the fault of a property owner. People slip and fall all the time, and the question of responsibility is the one thing that always comes up. Property owners such as stores and businesses owe their customers a duty to provide a safe environment. That means that owners must clear sidewalks and floors of debris or hazards. Anything that could cause a person to slip or fall must be removed or marked if it cannot be removed. Everyone has seen a “caution wet floor” sign.
Floors must be cleaned to provide a safe environment, so if there is a hazard like a wet floor, the danger must be marked to avoid liability for an injury caused by a slip on the wet floor. Anything that can cause a slip or fall must be removed, and some common problems are the following:
- A broken/spilled container in a store
- Raised/sunken cement in the sidewalk or step
- A newly cleaned floor
- Ice and snow in a parking lot or on a sidewalk
- A hose or other obstruction left in an area where people walk
- A hole in the parking lot or sidewalk
- An unmarked step or stairs
After a person falls and is injured, that person will need to prove that the injury would not have occurred if the property owner had taken reasonable measures to eliminate the hazard or to warn of the danger clearly.
Proving an injury was the fault of the hazard and not the responsibility of the injured party can be demanding. The injured person carries the burden of proving fault. The injured party may also have to confirm the property owner knew there was a hazard and there was a good cure for the danger, but the owner didn’t fix the problem.
There is no fee to consult with an attorney to determine whether you have a case for a slip, trip, or fall. Some accidents happen that are not the fault of the property owner, and there is no legal consequence for that.
Contact Your Bronx Lawyers today at (718) 796-6900 so we can investigate your case and advise you on the likelihood of an award.
Help! I Have Slipped And Fallen This Winter In An Accident; What Do I Do?
New York turns into a winter wonderland during the winter snow and ice season. But this wonderland can also become dangerous due to slips and falls on the ice and snow. Ice and snow can cause severe problems like slip and fall accidents, trip and fall accidents, and fall accidents. These ice/snow accidents and falls can occur in front of any building, premises or stores, in parking lots, on sidewalks, stairs, and other walkways. These falls can lead to severe injuries and disabilities.
A Slip & Fall Accident May Cause These Injuries:
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Knee and Shoulder Injuries
- Head injuries and Brain Damage
- Memory loss
- Torn Muscles
- Lacerations requiring stitches and staples resulting in scarring
When these incidents occur due to icefall or snowfall, it is essential to know about your rights and to contact an attorney as soon as possible. You may have an action against the property owner for negligence in not safely maintaining the property.
How Do I Make A Slip And Fall Accident Claim?
Ice and snowfall accidents require the attorney to show negligence on the part of the property owner and that the property owner failed to do certain things to make out a claim. One of these is failing to properly shovel and remove ice in a certain amount of time after the weather condition has stopped. Suppose the property owner fails to maintain the property and causes or creates a dangerous situation. In that case, you may have a claim against the property owner if you are injured due to this negligence.
If you are injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, and you can do so, you should take photographs of the defect or the snow and ice condition to prove what caused you to fall. You should also obtain the names and phone numbers of witnesses to your slip and fall accident so they can describe what happened. Finally, if you are injured, you should seek immediate medical care or call an ambulance to the accident scene.
Does It Matter If I Slip and Fall On Ice or Snow?
The same things should be done even if your accident did not involve snow or ice. Suppose you fell and injured yourself because of a defective condition at a bank. In that case, hotel, theater, commercial or residential building, departmental store, hospital, on stairs or sidewalks, photographs, and witness information are critical to obtaining. Some defective conditions around New York properties may include broken sidewalks, broken tiles, faulty mats that are not properly fixed, and other defects that can cause a slip, trip, and fall accident.
Trust a Bronx Personal Injury Attorney Who Has Been Fighting For the Rights of Bronx Residents for Over 20 Years!
Suppose you or your loved one was injured and need a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney. In that case, the Law Offices of Stuart M. Kerner, P.C., located in the Riverdale/Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, will investigate, prosecute and negotiate with the insurance company of the negligent party to settle your claim and obtain compensation for you based upon the severity of your injury and your pain and suffering. If you would like a legal opinion on the potential value of your matter or have a question about your rights, contact one of our lawyers at (718) 796-7900 to schedule a FREE consultation online so we can evaluate your Slip & Fall accident case.
Insurance companies have lawyers protecting their interest: Next to knowing what to do after an accident, having a Bronx Slip and Fall Accident Attorney protecting your rights evens the playing field!
About The Law Offices of Stuart M. Kerner
If you’ve been injured and want the best possible outcome, the Law Offices of Stuart Kerner P.C. in The Bronx can help you. Our firm has obtained favorable results for injury victims and their families throughout New York in personal injury cases such as auto accidents, oilfield accidents, traumatic brain injuries, and serious personal injuries.
Our law firm offers a free consultation to discuss your accident and review the legal remedies available to you. We’re available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about your case. Above all, you shouldn’t feel alone and isolated after an accident. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, we’ll come to you. Our attorney can travel to your home or hospital at your request.