Premises Liability (Trip and Fall or Slip and Fall)
Slip, trip, and fall accidents can occur anywhere, from business establishments to private residences.
The attorneys of Worby Vecchio Edelman LLP can help accident victims seek legal damages for serious injuries.
Learn how our White Plains, NY, personal injury lawyers have helped clients throughout Westchester County...
About Premises Liability
Premises liability cases have become common in personal injury litigation because, though they may seem routine, slip/trip-and-fall injuries can be severe.
In premises liability cases involving slip/trip-and-fall accidents, property owners may be responsible for injuries sustained by people present on their properties. Of course, there are many factors to consider, but generally speaking, it is the property owner’s duty to warn visitors of unreasonably dangerous conditions and to maintain the property in such a way as to prevent hazardous situations.
Common Locations Where Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents Happen
- Residential or commercial buildings
- Restaurants and bars
- Shopping centers
- Parking lots and garages
- Public spaces
Slips, trips, and falls cause countless serious injuries every year...
Causes of Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
- Poor lighting
- Slippery floors
- Structural defects
- Uneven floors
- Cracked sidewalks
- Broken stairs
- Missing handrails or guardrails
- Delinquent repairs/maintenance
- Lack of warning signs
- Trash or errant debris
$5 Million Premises Liability Settlement
Our White Plains trip and fall lawyers obtained a multi-million dollar settlement in a client's trip and fall case.
Have You Been Injured in a Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident? Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Lawyers
If you have suffered injuries or a tragic loss as a result of a slip, trip, or fall, you need to speak with a lawyer about filing a personal injury lawsuit. The White Plains lawyers of Worby Vecchio Edelman, LLP, can help you recover damages to address medical expenses, lost wages, and the lingering effects of a fall accident.
To schedule a free consultation with our slip, trip, and fall attorneys, contact our practice online. You can also reach our White Plains, NY, law firm by phone.
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These Injuries Can Happen Anytime and Anywhere
Statute of Limitations New York Premises Liability Law
According to New York state law, you have three years from the date of the incident to file a premises liability lawsuit. Once three years have passed, the state of New York will no longer allow you to seek legal damages in a slip, trip, or fall case. It's important to schedule a free consultation with our White Plains trip and fall lawyers as soon as possible.
Proving Negligence in a Slip and Fall Case
Duty of Care
The property owner has a duty to keep the premises reasonably safe in order to protect visitors to the property.
Breach of That Duty
The property owner failed to keep the premises reasonably safe, whether by failing to address known dangerous conditions or failing to recognize foreseeable hazards.
Injuries Caused by Breach
The breach of the property owner's duty resulted in some form of injury to someone who was at the premises.
Damages from the Incident
The property owner's negligent actions or inaction resulted in lost wages, medical expenses, or other losses.
Evidence in a Slip and Fall Case What Your Slip and Fall Lawyer Will Review
- Police or accident reports
- Security camera footage
- Witness accounts or recordings
- Documentation of the hazardous condition
- Medical records
- Medical bills
Comparative Negligence How This Can Affect Slip and Fall Cases
What Is Comparative Negligence?
New York is one of 13 states that follows a pure comparative negligence rule. In essence, comparative negligence means that it is possible for both parties to be partially at fault for an accident in New York. When a plaintiff plays a role in the accident, it is known as contributory negligence.
If an accident victim is partially at fault in a slip, trip, or fall accident, they will receive less legal compensation than if the negligent property owner was fully at fault for the incident.
Examples of Contributory Negligence
Some examples of contributory negligence include entering a restricted area of a property, not paying attention while on a property, failing to observe warning signs, and wearing inappropriate footwear or attire in a potentially hazardous area.
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