Slip and Fall

Slip and Fall
What should I do if I’ve had a slip and fall accident?
First, make sure to take care of your health. If you’re hurt, see a doctor. Then, if you can, take pictures of where you fell and what caused it, like wet floors or uneven sidewalks. It’s also good to get names and contact info of any witnesses. Report the accident to the property owner or manager but try to keep the conversation minimal and factual.
Can I get compensated for my injuries from a slip and fall?
Yes, if your fall was caused by someone else’s negligence, like a store not cleaning up a spill, you might be able to get compensated for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Who is responsible for a slip and fall accident?
It depends on where you fell and why. Property owners, businesses, or even government entities can be held responsible if they didn’t keep their property safe. An experienced lawyer can help figure out who’s at fault.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a slip and fall in New York?
In New York, you generally have three years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, if your fall was on government property, you have much less time – typically just 90 days to file a notice of claim.
What if I’m being blamed for my slip and fall accident?
New York follows a “comparative negligence” rule. That means even if you are partly to blame, you can still get some compensation. Your award might be reduced by your percentage of fault, though.
Do I need a lawyer for a slip and fall accident claim?
While it’s not mandatory, having a lawyer can really help. Slip and fall cases can get complicated, and a lawyer will know how to prove negligence, deal with insurance companies, and fight for the full compensation you deserve.
What kinds of evidence do I need for my case?
Photos of the accident scene, witness statements, accident reports, and medical records are key pieces of evidence. Keep records of everything related to your accident and injuries, including any expenses and how your injuries have impacted your daily life.
How much does it cost to hire a lawyer for a slip and fall case?
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you win. The fee is a percentage of your compensation. Most lawyers offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
How long does it take to settle a slip and fall claim?
The time it takes can vary a lot. It depends on the complexity of your case, the severity of your injuries, and whether the other side is willing to settle. Some cases resolve in a few months, while others might take longer.
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