Bronx Slip & Fall
A slip and fall accident occurs when someone is injured after slipping and falling on another person's property. Such cases are generally classified as premises liability cases. Under premises liability law the owner of a property has the duty to keep his or her property safe and free from hazards. Examples of slip and fall accidents include a wet floor, an improperly waxed floor, or icy sidewalks. Such accidents can occur anywhere and often occur in public places such as shopping malls, supermarkets, and office buildings. Property owners have a duty to make sure their premises are free of dangerous conditions. A property owner who fails to do so may face a premises liability if someone is injured as a result of the dangerous condition. When someone slips and falls or trips and falls, that person can suffer serious, debilitating injuries. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Bronx slip and fall Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and explain to you your legal options.Causes of slip and fall accidents
A slip and fall accidents happens when there is something on the floor or ground that causes the victim to lose his footing and fall. If the victim falls for no apparent reason, or for no reason related to the premises, then the case would not be a premises liability case.
The most common reason that someone slips and falls is a wet floor. For example, a worker mops a floor, fails to post a warning sign that the floor is wet, and a customer slips and falls on the wet floor. Similarly, if a floor is waxed improperly, it can remain so slick that patrons could easily slip and fall. Slip and fall accidents can occur outside as well. If a property owner fails to clear ice or warn of ice and someone slips and falls on it, the property owner may be found to be liable in a premises liability case.
A slip and fall accident can happened on commercial property such as a store or restaurant, government property, or in a private residence.Pursuing a claim
The law allows victims of other people's negligence to seek compensation from the negligent person or entity. Compensable losses include:
- Medical bills: Slipping and falling can lead to a serious head or brain injury such as a concussion. Concussions and other serious injuries will require expensive treatment that can add up to thousands and thousands of dollars. You can demand payment for all your medical expenses associated with the accident, whether the bills were accrued in the past or in the future.
- Loss of income: As serious injury such as a concussion could mean that you have to miss days, weeks or even months of work. You can demand payment for compensation you missed because you were unable to work due to your injury. Compensation means the paychecks you missed as well as other benefits of work you missed such as bonuses, promotions, and accrued vacation and sick days.
- Pain and suffering: You may also be able to recover compensation for the pain and suffering that you suffered as a result of the accident. The more serious the accident the more likely you will be awarded a substantial amount of compensation for pain and suffering.
To ensure you have the best chance of success in your slip and fall lawsuit, make sure that you document everything that you remember about the circumstances that lead to your fall. Consult a doctor immediately. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from slip and fall accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.