At Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C., we regularly handle slip and fall accidents that result in serious personal injuries. If you have been injured because of someone else's negligence in the greater New York area, you need a powerful slip-and-fall accident attorney on your side.
Premises Liability For Slip and Fall Accidents
Under the state's premise's liability law, all property owners have a duty of care to provide visitors with a safe environment. This means that property owners must: repair broken steps and railings, provide adequate lighting, and remove water, snow, ice, and other slippery substances from walkways. A property owner that fails to do so may be held liable for medical costs and related expenses of any person harmed by their negligence who files a personal injury claim.
What Our Experienced Slip and Fall Attorney Will Do To Help
If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident that was caused by another party's carelessness or neglect, our personal injury attorneys will fight vigorously to win you the maximum compensation you deserve. We are fully prepared to:
- File a civil lawsuit on your behalf
- Handle all communications with opposing attorneys and insurance adjusters
- Investigate the site of your accident
- Examine medical reports and police records
- Find out whether the defendant has a history of any similar negligence or misconduct
- Interview witnesses and consult with experts who may testify to bolster your case
- Keep you in the loop in regard to any important developments in your case
Most of all, we will be your legal advocates, using our comprehensive knowledge and proven courtroom skills to protect your interests. Please contact our Manhattan office to set up a consultation.
Common Slip and Fall Hazards
Some of the hazards that often cause serious slip and fall injuries include:
- Broken steps
- Frayed carpeting or unsecured scatter rugs
- Littered pathways, indoors or out
- Poorly lit hallways or stairs
- Uneven or broken floor tiles
- Unmarked steps at entryways
- Wet, icy or otherwise slippery floors
Take Prompt Action After a Slip and Fall Accident
As soon as we take your case, we will begin collecting evidence and developing a winning legal strategy. At Michael J. Redenburg, we believe in being proactive because there is a 3-year statute of limitations for filing a slip and fall lawsuit in New York against a private property owner and a considerably shorter one for filing against the government or municipal property owners — sometimes only 90-days.
The more quickly our attorneys begin investigating, the greater chance we have of success. This is because, once property owners realize they are being sued, they will do everything possible to make repairs and clean up debris to erase evidence of their wrongdoing. The sooner we begin looking into your slip and fall accident, the greater likelihood there is of witnesses remembering details clearly. The closer to the time of the accident we start working, the easier it will be to retrieve police data and medical reports.
Slip and Fall Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries and Even Fatalities
Many people suffer multiple fractures when they take a bad fall. When bones break, particularly large bones or joints, surgery is frequently required. Hip, knee, shoulder, and ankle fractures can incapacitate you for a long time and may result in permanent disability.
Dislocations, muscle strains or sprains, deep bruising, or internal bleeding can keep you away from normal activities for extended periods and may make it impossible to return to work at all, depending on your current occupation. Tragically, some victims of slip and fall accidents suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that leave them cognitively impaired or spinal cord injuries that leave them partially or completely paralyzed.
It is important to remember that once you become a client of Michael J. Redenburg, we will stand by you no matter what happens. We will make it our mission to enable you to restart your life and secure your future.
Who is Most Likely to Have a Slip and Fall Accident?
- Age-related Risks: People over 65 are at the highest risk of slip and fall accidents. Those over 55 are the more prone to slip and fall at work.
- Disabilities: Physically disabled people are often at risk of slipping and falling. Depending on the specific disability, injuries are often times more severe for them.
- Medication-Related Injuries: People on certain types of medications may become less alert and find it difficult to navigate their surroundings. Of course, this all depends on the medication, but you are statistically at a higher risk.
- Occupational Risks: Workers in hazardous professions, such as construction or the military, are at the greatest risk of injury.
Damages We Will Fight Hard To Win for You
In a successful slip and fall claim, you may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages.
- Economic damages are intended to compensate you for monies paid for such things as medical costs, rehabilitation, or extended nursing care and for losses incurred, such as lost income, property damage, and lost earning power.
Non-economic damages are designed to reimburse you for intangibles, like pain and suffering, loss of function (such as sight, hearing, or mobility), scarring or other disfigurement, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Punitive damages may also be awarded by the court if the defendant's negligence is considered especially egregious.
What happens if my slip and fall accident is partly my fault?
The law recognizes “comparative negligence” when blame for an accident is shared by two or more parties. If you were not aware of your surroundings, for example, or had balance issues prior to your fall, the court may consider you partially at fault for your own injuries.
New York State follows the principle of “pure comparative negligence,” which means that you are entitled to receive damages even if you are deemed to be more than 50 percent responsible for the accident. Any damages awarded will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you, however. As an example, if the amount of your damages is assessed at $100,000 and are found to be 20 percent at fault, you will receive $80,000. Ultimately, it takes a highly skilled slip-and-fall accident attorney to win you just compensation.
Contact Our Experienced New York City Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
Slip and fall accidents are complicated on both legal and personal levels. When you are trying to rest and recover from your physical injuries and emotional trauma, that's the time to call Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. We will handle all legal and insurance matters and work tirelessly to protect your rights. When you become our client, you will not pay any attorneys' fees until we win compensation for you. Please contact our office today for a free consultation.