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In law, any accident where a person suffers a fall due to a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property is considered a “slip and fall” accident. When a slip and fall accident occurs due to the negligence of the owner or occupant of property in failing to use reasonable care to maintain the property, the injured accident victim may be entitled to hold the negligent owner or occupant responsible to compensate him or her for his or her injuries and damages arising from the slip and fall accident.
Although slip and fall claims can seem straightforward, in reality, many accident victims need aggressive and experienced legal representation to help them pursue their claim. Unfortunately, many slip and fall accident victims find their claims completely discounted by the owner or occupier of the property or their insurance company. Even where an accident victim can prove that his or her fall actually took place, at-fault parties often hotly contest the severity of the victim’s injuries, the extent of their financial damages, or their legal responsibility to pay compensation.
For more than 50 years, the Jackson Heights slip and fall accident attorneys of Proner & Proner have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in compensation from property and business owners who negligently failed to maintain their premises in reasonably safe conditions. We have experience recovering maximum compensation both through negotiating settlements and by winning at trial.
If you or a loved one suffered a slip and fall due to a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property, contact Proner & Proner today to set up a free case evaluation with one of our slip and fall accident lawyers to learn more about your legal rights and options.
A slip and fall accident can result from any dangerous or hazardous condition on property that causes someone to lose their footing. Common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
When a property or business owner is negligent in allowing these conditions to occur and continue to exist, the owner may be held responsible to compensate someone who is injured by one of these hazards.
Although it can seem like a hassle to file a legal claim for what initially appears to be a seemingly minor slip and fall accident, when the injuries you suffered in your slip and fall accident start to take your toll, medical bills and lost wages can start to pile up. At Proner & Proner, our Jackson Heights slip and fall accident lawyers strive to help our clients obtain the monetary compensation they deserve. We work tirelessly to help you build a strong, persuasive legal claim to show that:
Our attorneys will put in the work necessary to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries and financial losses following your slip and fall accident.
If you’ve been the victim of a slip and fall accident in Jackson Heights, contact Proner & Proner today to schedule a free case evaluation to discuss your case and learn more about how our firm can help you secure the compensation you deserve. Don’t delay the financial recovery you and your family need.
Jackson Heights is a neighborhood in the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. Originally a wide marshland called Trains Meadow, present-day Jackson Heights was first established in 1909 when the Queensboro Corporation bought 325 acres during the New York City urban sprawl to build a planned community. Jackson Heights was named for John C. Jackson, a Queens-based entrepreneur whose family was one of the oldest families in Queens. The neighborhood was given the “Heights” as a reference to the prestigious Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and to denote that Jackson Heights was intended to be an exclusive neighborhood for middle and upper-middle income families escaping the overcrowding in Manhattan. However, by the 1960s, Jackson Heights began to become an ethnically diverse community with recently-arrived professional families from Latin America and the Indian Subcontinent. Today, Jackson Heights is still a destination for middle and upper-middle income families who are attracted by the community’s unique architecture and ethnic diversity.
If you’ve been in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, the first thing you should do is report your accident to the property owner or business owner or manager. That way, they can inform their insurance company or risk management company of your accident. Next, try to take photos or video of the accident scene (if you can), capturing whatever it was that caused your slip and fall, whether there were any warning signs or other safety equipment, and the lighting and (if applicable) weather conditions. Finally, you should be sure to seek medical attention and follow the directions of your healthcare provider.
If you fall in the parking lot of a commercial store, there are several parties that may be legally responsible for your accident. These parties include the store owner, the property owner where the store is located (if not owned by the store), or even a third-party maintenance company hired to maintain the parking lot. It may be necessary to review lease agreements or maintenance contracts to determine who was responsible for fixing whatever condition caused your slip and fall or who has accepted legal responsibility for injuries caused by those conditions.
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