Manhattan Trip and Fall

Property owners are required to make sure that their property is safe. If a property owner fails to do so, then he or she may be held liable if someone is injured on the property. For example, a common type of property accident is referred to as a trip and fall accident. For example, you arranged to have furniture delivered to your home, but you leave your child’s toys scattered around the floor. If a delivery person trips , falls, and suffers a back injury, the delivery person will have the right to file a claim against you to hold you financially accountable. Property owners are not the only ones who have the responsibility for the maintaining property. Other responsible people may be property managers, landlords, and tenants. Hazards that can lead to trip and fall injuries include any unsafe conditions such as broken stairs, damaged carpet, clutter, debris, or even potholes can lead to someone tripping and falling. Just like slip and fall accidents, trip and fall accidents lead to serious injuries such as injuries to the back, head injuries and bone fractures. Under the theory of premises liability, the victim of a trip and fall accident or any other type of accident, is entitled to compensation. If you or a loved one was seriously injured after tripping and falling on another person's property, it is important that you speak with an experienced Manhattan trip and fall lawyer as you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and other losses you suffered as a result of the accident.

Causes of trip and fall accidents

In order for a trip and fall injury to be compensable the property owner, landlord, or manager must have had actual knowledge of the unsafe condition or should have known about it. Otherwise, there may be no legal liability. The most common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Poor lighting. Poor lighting in a hallway, parking lot, stairway, may lead a person to trip over objects, or lose their footing and falling.
  • Clutter. No matter how careful a person is, a cluttered area increases the likelihood of a trip and fall accident.
  • Debris. For example, while walking through a construction site, a worker trips and falls on a pile of debris and suffers a broken wrist and cuts to his hand.
  • Damaged stairs. Stairs that are damaged, victims make slip down them, or trip and fall.
  • Broken handrail. The purpose of handrail on a staircase is to help people ascend and descend stairs so that they do not fall. In the absence of a handrail, or if one is broken, people are more likely to slip and fall.
Pursuing a claim for a trip and fall injury

If you fell and were seriously injured with a injury to your head, back, or some other type of injury, the person whose negligent led to the accident may be liable to your for your economic and non-economic losses related to the injury.

  • Medical expenses: Whether you injured your back, head, wrist or arm when you fell, you will have significant medical expenses. Instead of you having to pay them, you can demand that the person who caused your injury pay for both your past and future medical expenses. This would include hospital treatment, outpatient treatment, medication, and physical therapy.
  • Lost wages: A fall can cause you to suffer serious injuries such as a traumatic brain injury. Brain injuries can vary in severity. In the most severe cases victims can end up suffering memory loss, dementia, chronic headaches, or call into comas. As a result you may end up missing a great deal of work, resulting in lost wages and benefits. You can demand that the negligent person who caused you injury compensate you for the value of the paychecks and other compensation that you lost. If you are self-employed, you can also demand payment for the business revenue that you lost.
  • Pain and suffering. Serious injuries often leave victims with chronic pain, permanent disfigurement and emotional problems. A pain and suffering damage award compensates victims for these types of losses.

If your fall occurred in the workplace, instead of or in addition to compensation from a personal injury claim, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits such as medical care, income replacement and vocational counseling.

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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