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Frequently Asked Questions – Slip and Fall Accidents New York City
As NYC injury attorneys, we are regularly asked questions by clients who have been hurt in a slip and fall accident and want to know if they have a case. These can be among the most difficult cases to prove; so it is critical that you hire an attorney who has had success obtaining valuable settlements for clients. We have, and we would be happy to answer any specific questions that you have regarding your case. In the meantime, here are frequently asked questions about slip and fall accidents in New York City.
Who is responsible for my accident?
That depends on the circumstances surrounding your fall. In a slip and fall case, we need to determine what caused you to fall, if you had the ability to prevent the fall, and what level of responsibility that each party has. This is where these types of cases become complicated. For example, if you fell while visiting the dentist because they had a large tear in their carpet – they are likely responsible. However, if you fell at the dentist because you lost your balance and no other factors were involved, you would be responsible for the fall and not have a case.
How is negligence proved?
We conduct thorough investigations into slip and fall accidents in New York City. This starts with identifying where the fall took place, what factors caused it, who witnessed it, and how that resulted in an injury. Next, we need to determine if the business owner or responsible party knew about the problem and if they had sufficient time to correct it. With the example of the dentist above, we need to know if the carpet was ripped previously or if it had just gotten torn when the last patient had walked on it. If the business had ample time to solve the problem and did not, they would be negligent. If, however, it just happened and they were not aware, they could be innocent. These are issues that we will sort out during our investigation and in settlement conferences or court.
What steps do I need to take to build my case?
Take scrupulous notes and photographs of any evidence that you can. You should also write down the contact information for anyone that witnessed your slip and fall. Otherwise, be sure to visit the doctor right away and remain in their care so that they can demonstrate the full extent of your injuries and what it will take to recover from them.
Should I just handle my claim through their business office?
Typically this does not end well. Most large corporations have a division that handles things like slip and fall claims. It is a tedious process and more often than not, ends up with the victim getting nothing.
Can my employer be responsible for my slip and fall?
Yes, slip and fall accidents in the workplace are incredibly common.
Can I sue the city?
Yes, with the help of an attorney experienced in handling slip and fall accidents in New York City. If your fall was caused by the negligence of the city, call us right away to discuss it in further detail.
Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Slip and Fall Accidents in New York City
At Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, we can answer any questions that you may have regarding your case. Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries but they are hard to prove. You need an experienced attorney in your corner to do so. To schedule a free initial consultation call 1 (800) 842-8462.