Bronx Trip and Fall

Thousands of people are injured each year from tripping and falling or slipping and falling because the owner or manager of property fails to make sure that such property is free from hazards. Under New York law, each property owner is responsible to ensure the safety or their premises. This requirement applies to property owners who are private individuals, businesses, and government entities. Any hazard on the property can lead to someone falling and suffering serious injuries, in particular back injuries, head injuries and bone fractures. Under the legal theory known as premises liability the victim of a trip and fall accident on another person’s property is entitled to compensation if the fall was caused by a hazard on the property. If you were seriously injured after falling on another person's property such as a store or government building, it is important that you speak with an experienced Bronx trip and fall lawyer who will ensure that your legal rights are protected.

Trip and fall liability

While liability in a trip and fall case is based on the owner of the premises failing to make sure the premises was free from hazards, it is important to understand that simply because you were injured on someone’s property does not automatically mean that the property owner was negligent. To be liable the property owner must have known or should reasonably have known that the premises were in an unsafe condition, and still failed to take proper steps to remedy the situation. For example, if a bookstore display was knocked over so that several books fell into an aisle in the store and the books remained on the floor for an hour a court may conclude that since the books were there an unreasonably long period of time. An employee should have noticed and picked them up. On the other hand if the fallen display was in the aisle for only a few minutes when a customer tripped and fell on it, then a court may conclude that the store was not on notice and is not liable.

Negligent maintenance of the property in all forms can result in a trip and fall accident. Missing steps in a staircase, missing rails in a railing or a slippery floor mat, all are probable reasons for a trip and fall accident. The property might be anything from a bank to a restaurant to a private residence, but the owner is always legally bound to ensure that the property does not pose a threat to anyone.

Pursuing a claim

A trip and fall accident can result in serious injuries that require extended treatment. Through a personal injury lawsuit you can recover damages that will help relieve the financial burden. Such damages include: medical bills, lost income and loss of future earning capacity and pain and suffering. If a trip and fall accident results in the death of your loved one, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim.

Hypothetical

John Little was working on renovating the interior of a home. The owner of the home left a pile of garbage in a hallway. As Little walked past the pile he tripped and fell. As a result of the fall Little suffered a broken wrist and a concussion. Little suffered concussion symptoms including migraines and blurred vision off and on for a year after the accident making it difficult for him to work regularly. Little sued the homeowner arguing that because the homeowner failed to keep the worksite floors free from debris, he suffered a serious injuries and compensable losses.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you or a loved one has been injured in a trip and fall accident, you should quickly seek representation from a personal injury attorney with both the knowledge and resources to ensure the best possible result for your premises liability case. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from trip and fall accidents. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) 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.

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