Suffolk County Slip & Fall
Premises owners are responsible and obligated to keep their premises safe and free from hazards. When the neglect of a property owner results in a slip and fall incident and the victim suffers a serious injury, then the property owner may be legally responsible for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. Slip and fall accidents, also referred to as trip and fall accidents, are one of the leading causes of severe injuries such as spinal cord injuries that lead to paraplegia and quadriplegia, trauma to the head that leads to brain injury, or broken bones. When severe injuries occur, the result is not only physical pain, but also financial distress since the victim will likely miss work while facing significant medical bills. If you have been injured in a slip and fall on someone else's property, it is important that you contact an experienced Suffolk County Slip and Fall Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and explain to you your legal options. You should do so quickly, as there are time limits that you must follow when you file a personal injury claim.Causes of slip and fall accidents
A slip and fall accident occurs where a pedestrian loses his or fall footing and falls. This can be due to a loss of balance, because the pedestrian slipped on a wet or slick surface, or tripped on an obstruction. Common causes of slip and fall accidents include oil or wax on a surface, water left on the floors, broken stairs or hand rails, broken or cracked concrete, icy sidewalks, poorly lit sidewalks, staircases or garages.
Owners of businesses, such as banks and restaurants, and private homeowners all have the duty to ensure that their premises are safe for those who enter. The level of duty owed depends on the classification of the person entering the premises. There are three categories, an invitee, a licensee and a trespasser. An invitee is a person that enters a property by invitation. A licensee enters a premises with permission for a benefit or purpose. A trespasser is a person who enters property without permission.
How a person is classified determines the duty of care a premises owner has. A landlord is required to take reasonable care in ensuring that a property is safe, and must warn an invitee of any dangerous condition. If the premises is a place of business, the landlord is required to inspect the premises for any potential danger. While the responsibilities are slightly different for each classification, in all instances the landlord has the duty to ensure the safety of someone who enters the property.Pursuing a claim
Should an injury occur in a slip and, it may cause permanent or disabling damage, for an example, if you trip and bump your head on the tile floor, you may need stitches or you could have a concussion or maybe a brain injury. Depending on the facts of your case, if you are hurt in a slip and fall accident because of an unsafe condition on the property, you may be entitled a number of types of compensation.
- Medical Bills: A fall can lead to serious injuries such as head, back, or neck injury. Through a personal injury claim you may be able to recover expenses for medical treatment, your hospital stay, prescriptions, rehabilitation and visits to your doctors.
- Loss of Income: If your injury is serious you may not be able to return to work for days, weeks, or even months. You will be entitled to recover compensation for the income you lost while recovering from your injuries.
- 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. Pain and suffering refers to not only physical pain, but also for emotional pain and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Wrongful death. If as a result of falling on another person’s property a family member died, then you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to recover medical bills, funeral expenses, and other losses.
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 Stephen Bilkis and Associates is experienced in handling personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from slip 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 serve those injured in accidents in the following locations: