Owners of grocery stores, retail stores, malls, gas stations, hotels, bars and other businesses as well as apartment buildings have an obligation to keep their premises safe. That includes keeping halls and aisles clean and clear of any hazards that could cause a guest to fall down. When a property owner fails to fulfill that obligation and a guest trips or slips and falls, the guest may be able to pursue compensation for his or her injuries.
At the New York City law firm of Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our lawyers stand up for the rights of people who have suffered serious injuries in trip-and-fall accidents and slip-and-fall accidents. These accidents may result in wrist injuries that not only take a long time to heal, but may also put the victim out of work for months. They may result in ankle, knee and other leg injuries. The most severe may result in head or back injuries. We are here to help.
When to Contact an Attorney About a Fall Accident Claim
The laws pertaining to trip, slip and fall accidents in New York City are complex. The key is that there must be evidence of negligence on the part of the property owner. There must be evidence that the property owner knew about a hazard or should have known about a hazard and failed to remedy it, resulting in the accident and injuries.
For example, if a slip-and-fall accident was caused by a puddle of water that accumulated from a leaking roof, and the property owner knew about the leak and simply failed to fix it and did not bother to put out warning signs indicating that the floor was slippery, the property owner should be held accountable. Similarly, if boxes were left in an aisle by an employee of the business and somebody tripped over them, the property owner should be held accountable.
In some cases, the property owner could not have known about the hazard or would not have had time to address it prior to the slip or trip and fall accident. This is true in stores when one customer spills something and another customer immediately slips or trips on it. There may be no opportunity for a claim in such cases. However, we encourage you to contact our New York property owner liability attorneys any time you have been injured in a fall accident. We will review your case and determine what action can and should be taken.
Building Strong Claims in Slipping and Tripping Accidents
Property owners will rarely acknowledge their negligence. We know how to build strong claims by gathering clear evidence of property owner wrongdoing.
Many businesses have security cameras. If possible, we will obtain videotapes from the time of the slip-and-fall accident or trip-and-fall accident in order to show what happened. We will seek out witnesses and do everything we can to gather the facts. Our goal is to present a clear and compelling case to get you as much compensation as possible.
Discuss Your Falling Accident Claim with a Lawyer for Free
Call or email the Wall Street accident and injury offices of Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We handle all premises fall claims on a contingency fee basis. You will owe no attorney's fees until we obtain financial compensation for you.