Slip and Fall Lawyer
By law, all property owners and operators have a legal duty to ensure their grounds are in a reasonably safe condition for visitors and patrons. When this duty is breached and injury results, victims may sue for damages under theories of premises liability. In New York, slip and fall accidents account for a large portion of premises liability claims, and whether stemming from negligent maintenance or a failure to warn employees about potential risks, the resulting injuries can be both traumatic and life-threatening.
NYC Slip and Fall Lawyers
Slips, trips and falls account for more than one million emergency room visits every year in the United States, and unfortunately, many of these accidents are entirely preventable. Everyone from property managers to landlords may be held legally accountable for the physical harms and economic losses caused by their negligence.
Explore your options for legal recourse by consulting a slip and fall attorney at Aronova & Associates. We offer zealous advocacy for clients throughout New York City and Nassau County, and will relentlessly pursue maximum compensation for your pain and suffering. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident on the job or on another’s property, reach out to Aronova & Associates for a complimentary case review. We specialize in workplace and accident injuries and possess the resources and drive to obtain full and fair compensation.
Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), slip and fall accidents are the primary cause of occupational injuries in the nation. While every workplace setting has some risk for fall injuries, certain industries are more dangerous than others. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports a higher incidence of slip, trip and fall injuries in the following sectors:
- Material Handling
- Healthcare Services and Support
- Retail and warehousing
Employers must follow Occupational Safety and Health Administrations (OSHA) policies to protect the safety and well-being of their staff. This includes educating workers about known hazards, providing proper equipment and ensuring that floors and work surfaces are in reasonably safe condition.
Trip and fall accidents in the workplace are commonly caused by:
- Slippery or unstable working surfaces
- Missing or defective handrails
- Faulty or broken steps or stair treads
- Damaged and uneven floor surfaces
- Trenches and potholes
- Icy or wet patches
- Obstructed walkways
- Unmarked changes in floor elevation
If a slip and fall injury happens on the job, the New York workers’ compensation program offers benefits to cover medical costs and a portion of lost wages. If the accident can be attributed to the negligence or wrongdoing of a third party, we can help you pursue additional damages by filing a slip and fall lawsuit.
Did Negligence Cause Your Slip and Fall Accident?
If evidence shows that a property owner failed to take reasonable precautions to ensure their premises was safe and that this lapse caused your accident and injury, we will ensure that negligent parties are held accountable for these transgressions.
Considering that falls are the leading cause of accidental death in people 45 and older in New York, it is no surprise that settlements regularly reach into the millions of dollars. A favorable court award or workplace settlement can make a world of difference when the family breadwinner is unable to work for extended periods. Settlement monies can ease economic burdens for victims and their families, providing a financial cushion for both present and future needs.
Slip and Fall Settlement Amounts
Settlement amounts are influenced by the facts and circumstances surrounding your accident. Even if the property owner claims they had no knowledge of unsafe conditions on the premises, it may come to light that enough time had elapsed that they should have been aware of the problem and taken prompt measures to correct it.
The nature and prognosis of your injuries will also factor into the value of your slip and fall settlement. Cases that result in permanent disability, reduced quality of life, or render someone unable to work will typically net higher payouts.
Our attorneys can maximize the value of your slip and fall settlement, providing compensation for:
- Past and present medical bills
- Future medical care
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Permanent disability
Representing Slip and Fall Victims in New York City
We believe that every person has the right to effective legal counsel in the wake of a serious personal injury or wrongful death. For this reason, we operate on a contingency-fee basis which means no fees unless we obtain a recovery on your behalf. Whether you tripped on the job fracturing your leg, or slipped on a wet grocery store floor, we are here to protect your best interests.
Put our legal savvy, expertise and client-focused representation to work for you. Call Aronova & Associates for a free consultation of your slip and fall case.
Additional Slip and Fall Accident Resources:
- National Safety Council, Protecting Ourselves from Slips, Trips and Falls https://www.nsc.org/safety_home/Resources/Pages/Falls.aspx
- New York State Department of Health, Fall Injury Prevention, http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/injury_prevention/falls.htm
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2012 http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm