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What Happens During a Slip and Fall Accident and How Long Does It Take to Recover?

Recovering From a New York City Slip and Fall Accident

Slip and fall accidents commonly occur. While they can happen to anyone, the elderly have a much greater chance of slipping and sustaining serious injuries that may include broken bones, spinal cord damage, and even brain injuries. Some injuries are not as serious and may include just a few bruises or scrapes. However, those that are seriously injured will need to receive medical care in a hospital to recover from their injuries.

If it is possible for a slip and fall victim to pursue legal action against a responsible party, it may be necessary for the victim to do so to receive some form of compensation to cover the cost of medical care. Medical treatment is not cheap; injured individuals will often receive bills from hospitals that would cost them thousands of dollars out of their own pockets if it were not for their ability to take legal action against the person or company that is responsible for causing their injuries. 

Determining Liability 

Liability must be determined before legal action is taken by the victim and his or her attorney. The victim will need to prove that someone else’s negligence caused the slip and fall as well as the injuries that came from it. The victim can often prove this in court because of the conditions that caused the slip and fall to occur, such as a slippery floor inside a grocery store, an uneven sidewalk outside of a business, or frozen ice and snow outside of a homeowner’s property.

Different factors are considered, including the severity of the hazardous conditions and the amount of time that went by before those hazardous conditions were handled. For example, a victim may have slipped on the snow outside of a property owner’s home during a snowstorm before the owner of that property made it home from work to shovel. If the owner of the home did not have enough time to shovel before the injuries occurred, he or she may not be liable. On the other hand, if there was more than enough time for the individual to handle the hazardous conditions, that individual is often considered liable for causing the slip and fall accident to happen.

Making Sure the Victim is Not at Fault

Before attempting to pursue legal action against the liable party, an attorney would need to make sure the victim was not at fault in some way. The victim may be partially at fault because he or she was texting while walking or not paying attention to caution signs that were placed inside the building to warn others of slippery or wet floors. While there are times when the victim is partially to blame for the slip and fall accident, most victims were not doing anything wrong when they managed to slip and get hurt.

An attorney works with the victim in an attempt to get compensation from the liable party. People can slip and fall for many reasons, but it is usually because of hazardous conditions in a specific area that did not get handled properly at the right time.

Contact a New York City Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Slip and Fall Accident Case in New York

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to slip and fall accidents in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Proner and Proner represent clients injured because of slip and fall accidents in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Bethel, Connecticut. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503 in New York City, NY 10165 as well as offices in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Bethel, Connecticut.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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