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Did you trip on a loose step and fall down the stairs? Slip on a wet floor and suffer an injury? You are not alone. Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injuries.
Sometimes, we run up the stairs a bit too hastily and trip on a step and fall. Other times we don’t hold on to a handrail and fall down the stairs. And we can only blame ourselves. Other times, a sidewalk is in disrepair or a broken step is loose, and that causes our slip and fall accident. When someone else’s negligence — their failure to maintain a safe property — causes a slip and fall accident, the injured victim may recover compensation for their injuries and other losses.
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At Proner & Proner, our skilled Elmhurst personal injury lawyers have been representing slip and fall accident victims for more than 50 years. Skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate, our dedicated team has a track record of success in recovering the maximum compensation for our clients.
If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident, you may recover compensation for your losses. These losses are known as “damages”, and they may include any of the following and more:
The purpose of compensatory damages is not to punish the party that is responsible. Compensatory damages are intended to restore the injured party to the condition they were in before the accident occurred. Some damages, such as medical bills, have an exact monetary value. Other damages, such as emotional pain and suffering, are immeasurable. In these instances, the New York court will estimate the value of the loss based on different factors, and then assign a monetary value.
Negligence must be proven in all slip and fall accident claims. Without demonstrated negligence, an accident is merely an accident and no one is to blame. In order to prove negligence in a slip and fall accident, the property owner must have known or should have reasonably known that some type of hazardous condition existed on the property. The property owner must have had sufficient time to fix the dangerous condition or place adequate warnings, yet failed to alert you to the danger.
Slip and fall accidents are frequently caused by the following:
In some slip and fall accidents, more than one person is to blame for the accident. For example, if you picked up lunch at a cafe and ran out the door in a hurry to get to an appointment and failed to notice the “wet floor” sign and fell, the cafe owner will likely argue that you share responsibility for your accident. In these “shared fault” situations, special rules apply.
If you are at least partly responsible for your slip and fall accident, New York follows “pure comparative fault” laws. Under these special rules, when the accident victim shares some level of responsibility for a slip and fall accident, then the settlement or damage award they may receive will be reduced by an amount that reflects their share of responsibility for the accident. For example, if it is determined that the injured party is 30 percent responsible for your slip and fall accident, then their damages will be reduced by 30 percent. In this scenario, a damage award of $15,000 would then be reduced by 30 percent — $4,500 — to $10,500.
Get the compensation you deserve for your slip and fall accident. At Proner & Proner, our firm has been representing New York accident victims for more than 50 years. Our knowledgeable team is dedicated to protecting the rights of slip and fall accident victims and recovering the maximum compensation allowable under the law.
Proner & Proner offers a free case evaluation for accident victims, whereby an experienced personal injury attorney will meet with you, review the merits of your claim, and discuss your available options. To arrange for a confidential consultation regarding your slip and fall accident claim, contact our office.
Elmhurst, New York is situated in the western part of Queens, a borough of New York City. A lively neighborhood, Elmhurst is home to a culturally and ethnically diverse community of residents. Elmhurst is filled with many multi-family homes and apartment buildings, while other residents live in cooperative units, and condominiums. A number of Elmhurst’s residents are employed in the hospitality and construction industries.
In New York, if you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you have three years from the time the accident occurred to file a claim in the court system. This is a very important deadline. If you do not file your claim within this three year legal time frame, then the courts can dismiss your case. If this should happen, you will have lost your opportunity to recover any compensation for your accident.
Yes. If you share some level of responsibility for your slip and fall accident, you may still recover compensation for your injuries and other losses. Under New York’s personal injury laws, the damages you receive will be reduced by an amount that reflects your share of the blame for the accident.
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