Personal Injury Lawyer Serving New York City Residents and Others
Slip and fall accidents can result in serious harm, and many could have been prevented if reasonable care had been taken to maintain the premises where they occurred. Personal injury attorney Nicholas Rose helps New York City residents and other accident victims seek compensation from negligent property owners. Bringing a decade of experience to his legal practice, Mr. Rose appreciates the importance of providing personal attention to each of his clients and has obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured individuals.
Bringing a Premises Liability Claim for Compensation
Victims who have slipped and fallen on someone else’s property may be able to recover compensation from the responsible party. New York law requires that property owners take care to maintain their premises and try to prevent foreseeable injuries. If an individual is harmed by a dangerous condition like a slippery floor in a grocery store, for example, a premises liability lawsuit may be appropriate.
A premises liability case is a type of negligence lawsuit in which the plaintiff aims to show that he or she was lawfully on the property, the owner knew or should have known of a dangerous or unsafe condition on the property, and the owner failed to adequately repair the condition or warn against it. Finally, the unsafe condition must have directly resulted in the victim’s injuries. Holding property owners accountable for foreseeable harm helps ensure that they take appropriate care to protect the safety of others.
Common situations in which a property owner may be liable for a slip and fall include failing to clean spilled food or liquids from a floor, failing to repair a broken sidewalk, or failing to provide appropriate lighting around stairwells.
Since liability in a slip and fall case is based on a standard of reasonable care, the courts will examine whether a reasonable and prudent property owner would or should have known of the dangerous condition. It also must be clear that the accident would not have happened if the defendant had used the appropriate level of care. In cases in which the plaintiff was partially responsible for causing the accident through his or her own carelessness, a reduced amount of damages still may be available under New York’s pure comparative negligence rule.
Compensation for injuries suffered in a slip and fall may include hospital and medical bills, missed wages, lost earning capacity, and other economic costs. Non-economic damages that may be recovered in a lawsuit often include pain and suffering, as well as loss of consortium. Under New York law, all legal claims following a slip and fall must be filed within three years from the date of the injury. Courts will typically not hear cases after the statute of limitations has expired.
Consult a Slip and Fall Attorney in the New York City Area
People who have been hurt by someone else’s negligence in New York City or beyond can contact slip, trip and fall lawyer Nicholas Rose. He has helped residents of Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, as well as Suffolk, Nassau, and Westchester Counties. Our office provides a confidential consultation, and we can be reached by calling 718-261-0546 or using our online form to set up a free appointment.