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Frequently Asked Questions About Slip & Fall Cases in New York

Under New York State law, property owners and lessees have a legal duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition and may be held legally responsible for injuries which occur on their property. Determining the proper parties to name in a lawsuit is often very challenging. It requires an experienced law firm who will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation.

At the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, we have handled tens of thousands of slip and fall and trip and fall cases and have the experience necessary to identify those responsible for your injuries.

The law involving slip and fall or trip and fall accidents in the State of New York is complicated. Very often, the laws favor the property owners and lessees. A lawsuit will not necessarily be successful just because one is injured on someone’s property. The injured party must be able to prove that the property owner or lessee either created the unsafe condition that led to the injury or that they knew or should have known of the unsafe condition.

Yes, and the sooner the better. When you are injured as a result of an unsafe condition on someone’s property, you need to act fast. The insurance company has an unfair advantage as they are quickly notified of a premises liability accident so that they can investigate and start building their defense immediately.

It is crucial that you level the playing field and contact an attorney immediately in order to allow for a prompt and thorough investigation of your claim on your behalf. You want to ensure that you have every advantage that the insurance company has and that you are able to investigate and preserve all evidence of your accident.

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The many types of slip/trip and fall accidents and the injuries they cause

Many slip and fall or trip and fall accidents result in devastating injuries, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal disc injuries
  • Knee and shoulder injuries
  • Concussions
  • Sometimes even death.

Often, because of where the accident occurred or because of who the responsible party may be, the injured person may not realize that they can bring a lawsuit. These types of accidents can happen anywhere including sidewalks, staircases, office buildings, apartment buildings, grocery stores, private homes, parking lots, hospitals and government-owned properties. The responsible party may be an individual, a corporation, an estate or even local, State or Federal government.

It is important to contact a law firm with experience in slip and fall and trip and fall accidents in order to learn your rights.

After a slip & fall accident in New York:  8 critical steps

  1. Immediately seek medical attention if you are injured. It is important that either you or your loved one sees a doctor to make sure any injuries are documented and treated as soon as possible.
  2. Determine and document what caused you to slip and fall or trip and fall. The best time to make this evaluation is right after the accident occurs.  
  3. Immediately take photographs and video of what caused you to fall. 
  4. Obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses to your fall.
  1. If possible, report the accident to the property owner, management company or anyone else who can take a report of your accident.  
  2. If you make a report, request a copy of the report before leaving.
  3. It is in your best interest to refuse to make a statement to someone who calls you from “risk management” or an insurance company. 
  4. Immediately call the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff. Our experienced team of NYC slip and fall accident attorneys will walk you through every step of the process and immediately take the necessary steps to protect your rights.

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