When we hear the word “accident,” we typically imagine motor vehicles crashing into one another. While this is often the case, accidents can occur just about anywhere, including on foot, and if you’ve been injured on another person’s property due to unsafe conditions, you should speak with a New York City slip and fall lawyer today. Our firm is here to help you. Contact the Law Office of James Trainor, P.C. today to learn more about premises liability claims in New York and how we can guide you through one.
New York City Slip and Fall Lawyer | Fighting for Your Right to Compensation
Slip, trip, and fall accidents are some of the most common causes of personal injuries. And they are usually avoidable through the exercise of caution by the owners and maintainers of property. When you are injured by unsafe conditions within or upon public or private property, the owner, landlord, or manager of the property may be legally responsible to pay you for your injuries and economic losses. You can depend on our knowledgeable New York City personal injury attorney to fight, tooth-and-nail, for the financial compensation you require to heal. Our firm is on your side.
Our Legal Services
For decades, we have fought on behalf of those injured due to negligent property owners. Our legal team handles a wide array of slip and fall cases, including the following:
- Stairway Accidents
- Apartment Accidents
- Defective Elevators
- Negligent Building Security
- Sidewalk Accidents
- Grocery Store Accidents
Causes of Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents
Property owners, landlords, and managers have a duty to keep their premises in a safe condition. Generally, slip accidents occur because a temporary substance, like liquid, ice, or debris is permitted to lie on a floor or stair surface for too long despite the premises maintainer’s opportunity to remove or warn of it.
Trip accidents commonly occur from breaks, holes, or other structural defects in stairs or flooring. Frequently, trip accidents occur because the person responsible for maintaining the inside or outside of the property violates New York State, City, or other local building safety codes. In fall-down-stairs cases, a slip or trip incident may occur and the user of the stairs might have been able to prevent himself from falling had proper handrails been available, or the width, depth, and surface of the steps been in conformity with the various safety codes.
Common causes of slip or trip and fall accidents include the following:
- Failure to properly clean and remove liquid, ice, or debris from interior floors
- Snow or ice removal efforts that cause or make worse ice formations outside of a building or parking lot
- Holes, cracks, or uneven flooring surfaces inside or outside of a premises
- Lack of proper handrails along staircases
- Lack of warning to customers of slippery conditions or trip hazards
- Inadequate lighting in building stairways and halls
- Structurally unsound steps or railings
- Leaving stationery items in aisles or walkways
Proving Fault for a Premises Liability Claim
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip- or trip and fall accident, you will need legal guidance to prove fault. Our experienced and knowledgeable New York City slip and fall lawyer at our firm will prosecute your case to ensure that any legally responsible parties are held accountable. Generally, to hold a person or company responsible for your injuries, the owner of the premises, maintenance company, or an employee:
- Must have created, known, or had the opportunity to discover the debris or other dangerous condition
- Must have had enough time to remove the debris or other dangerous condition
- Must have failed to make reasonable efforts to remove the debris or other dangerous condition, or made such condition worse by his or her efforts
- Must have caused your accident and injuries by allowing the debris or other dangerous condition to persist
As long as you can gather and present sufficient evidence to prove that your injuries were the direct result of another party’s negligence, you should recover the financial compensation you need. This compensation can help cover the following damages, among others:
- The cost of medical bills
- The cost of lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in New York State is three years, giving the wrongfully injured party three years from the date of their accident to sue the liable party. However, if someone is injured on property owned by a municipality, such as a post office, they will only have 90 days from the date of their injury to file a Notice of Claim. This is why it is always best to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as you possibly can. The Law Office of James Trainor, P.C. aggressively prosecutes all of its clients’ cases to maximize the value of their personal injury claims and ensure that their cases move swiftly through the court system. You deserve our thorough efforts to recover the full compensation you deserve as soon as possible.
Contact a New York City Slip and Fall Lawyer
When someone is hurt due to a negligent property owner, they should not have to fight for the compensation they need to heal on their own. Instead, they should simply speak with a competent New York City slip and fall lawyer who has handled countless premises liability claims in the past. You can depend on us to fight for your rights, every step of the way. Contact the Law Office of James Trainor, P.C. today to schedule your free initial consultation with our seasoned legal team.