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Saturday, October 31, 2020

When a Fall Leads to a Lawsuit

Q: When can someone sue for injuries from a fall?

Did you know that falls are not only the leading cause of injury for those over age 65, but that “deaths from falls are rising”, according to a new report?

Preventing falls at home

If you are a senior-- or live with one-- you can reduce the risk of them having a slip, trip and fall accident by decluttering, installing more lights and handrails, repairing any broken steps, and securing any carpeting or rugs. In addition to these improvements and safeguards to the physical space, routine vision checks and reviewing medication lists for any side effects that could increase the risk of falling are also advisable strategies to keep seniors safe from falls.

But what if you fall while on someone else’s property?

New York City personal injury attorneys see many clients who have fallen and been injured or killed as a result of dangerous conditions on public or private property. There are many different laws that govern slip, trip and fall cases and are dependent upon factors such as the type of premises where the accident occurred and the victim’s legal status when they entered the property (i.e. an invited visitor vs. a trespasser).

When can a property owner be held responsible for slip trip and fall injuries?

Property owners and/or their property managers are responsible for maintaining their residential and commercial properties in a condition that is safe for others to enter upon the premises. If someone is injured, the property owner may be liable for the victim’s injuries if it can be proven that:

  • The property owner caused the dangerous condition;
  • They knew of the dangerous condition but failed to remedy it; or
  • They should’ve known of the dangerous condition – and that a reasonable person would have known of it.

Depending on the extent of the injuries, monetary compensation may include current and future medical expenses, current and future lost income, pain and suffering, and more. For cases involving property owned or managed by government municipalities—like the City of New York, for example-- it is imperative to engage a personal injury attorney with a track record of success as soon as possible to avoid missing crucial statutory filing deadlines that could prevent you from moving forward with a lawsuit.

If you or a loved one has been injured, or a loved one has been killed as a result of a slip trip and fall accident or any other accident, the experts at the Goldstein Law Firm can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

From our office in the Bronx, New York, we represent injured victims and their families throughout New York City and New York State, as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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