New York City Trip and Fall
Trip and fall accidents commonly occur because a property owner failed to repair or remove simple hazards such as torn carpeting, a broken handrail, broken lights in a dark area, or debris. While the hazards are often easy to fix, injuries suffered in slip and fall accidents can be serious such as broken hips, back injuries, and head injuries. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates have decades of experience successfully representing victims seriously injured because of another person’s negligence. We understand that serious injuries leave victims in physical pain, but also can take an emotional and financial toll on the entire family. Contact our experienced New York City trip and fall lawyers. We will listen to the facts of your case and develop a strategy to hold the negligent person legally and financially accountable for the losses you suffered.Pursuing a claim for a slip and fall accident
Under New York law property owners have a duty to make sure that their property is free from hazards so that no one gets hurt. If they breach this duty and as a result someone is seriously injured, then that property owner may be legally responsible for the victim’s medical bills and other losses. Hazards that commonly lead to slip and fall accidents include poor lighting, clutter, debris, broken handrails, and torn carpeting.
To prevail in a trip and fall case it is not enough that a hazard existed on the property and as a result you were injured. You must show that the property owner was aware of the hazard, or that that it was reasonable that the property owner should have been aware of the hazard. For example, Jan was shopping in a grocery store when she accidentally knocked boxes of pasta to the floor. She did not pick them up. Less than 5 minutes later Sally walked down the aisle and trip and fell over the boxes of pasta. She injured her wrist. If Sally sued the grocery store, the store would likely prevail because it was not reasonable that it would have known about the hazard that quickly.
It is important to understand that despite overwhelming proof of negligence, defendants in personal injury claims and their insurance companies are typically reluctant to pay claims. Insurance companies will make an effort to minimize the defendant’s responsibility and place blame on the victim. While the insurance may still offer the victim compensation, the settlement offer may be minimal and unfair to the victim.Hypotheticals
Late one night David was visiting a friend who lived on the second floor of a walk up. When he left he noticed that the lights in the stairwell of the apartment building were out, and the hallway and stairwell of the apartment building were very dark. He carefully started to walk down the steps. However, he tripped over something that caused him to tumble down the stairs. When he woke up he was in the hospital. She suffered a head injury and a broken hip. He later learned that he tripped on a child’s toy that was on the staircase. David contacted a trip and fall attorney working in New York City to help him file a personal injury lawsuit against the landlord.
Samantha, a concert pianist, was shopping at a big box store in the morning right after the store opened. Employees were busy stocking shelves. As Samantha walked down an aisle she tripped over a box that an employee had unpacked. She hit her head on the edge of the metal shopping cart. As a result she cut her head and sprained her wrist. Facing medical bills, missed performances, and pain, Samantha filed a negligence claim against the store.Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates
Trip and fall accidents can leave the victim with painful injuries and the inability to work. The good news is that if you were injured in a trip and fall accident that was caused by another person’s negligence, you have the right to file a lawsuit against that person and demand compensation that will help you pay your medical bills and provide you with resources to pay your bills while you are recovering and not working. The trip and fall attorneys in New York City at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates are 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.