How Common Are Slip – And – Fall Accidents In New York?

How Common Are Slip – And – Fall Accidents In New York?
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By- Kevin Sumalinog

Negligent Accidents in New York

Q. How common are slip and fall accidents in New York?

A. According to the New York City comptroller, 13,741 claims and lawsuits were reported as resolved in 2020. These figures show a decrease in 2019 from 14,267 reported claims.

The office of New York's comptroller goes into in-depth annual claims and graphs. These figures show that negligent slip and fall accidents are pretty common. However, attorneys must sort out the accident scams from valid slip and fall accidents. Due to the dynamic nature of New York and the large populace, it only stands to reason that in the hustle and bustle of everyday living, someone, if not several people, will sustain a slip and fall accident every day.

Where Do New York Accidents Occur?

There are multiple areas in New York where slip and fall accidents can occur. The circumstances and injuries are vast and varied. Slip and fall accidents, for example, happen in the following places.

  • Worksites
  • Hospitals
  • Restaurants
  • While using public transportation
  • Retail stores
  • Apartment complexes
  • Private homes
  • Public walkways
  • Parks
  • Subways and the list continues on
  • Walkway obstructions such as uneven sidewalks, snow, and ice that have not been removed from public walkways
  • Unattended spills in any public areas
  • Museums
  • Attractions
  • Sporting events
  • Laboratories
  • Restrooms

Common Hazards of Slip and Fall Accidents.

  • Accumulation of snow, ice, rain on public and private walkways
  • Unattended spills
  • Cluttered walkways
  • Uneven sidewalks, floors
  • Cracks and potholes in walkways
  • Worn, crooked, broken, and weak steps
  • Poor visibility such as burned-out light bulbs and city lamps
  • No handrails on stairs or steps
  • Crowds

Common Slip and Fall Injuries

  • Fractures
  • Dental fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Open and close brain injuries
  • First, second, and third-degree burns
  • Lacerations
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal injuries

Statute of Limitation for Slip and Fall Accidents in New York

If you were injured by a fall due to someone's negligent actions, please give us a call as soon as possible. You have three years to file a claim in the state of New York. You may think that three years is plenty of time to file a compensation claim, but it is not. If your slip and fall accident happened while you were on the clock at work, you have only two years to file a compensation claim. You have ten days to fill out an incident report and give it to your employer. It is vital to hire a negligent accident, injury, death attorney for slip and fall accidents in New York because your financial future is at stake.

These three years pass quickly, and it is only within the date of your incident and the end of the three-year period that you have to file your compensation claim. After this time, it is unlikely that you will receive any compensation from any insurance company or the negligent person who caused your injuries. Time is of the essence, and we can get you the compensation you deserve.

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Vital Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident

If you are injured and cannot take the following steps, be sure to call a family member or friend to do this for you. You can also ask a witness to help you do these things if they are willing. When you injure yourself in a slip and fall accident, all sorts of things enter your mind. It is good to know what to do before such an incident arises. Please read over the steps you need to take if you receive injuries in a slip and fall accident.

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Give your statement to law enforcement. However, choose your words wisely and never admit fault for the accident or say, "I am sorry for this accident." And, it was not your fault.
  • Never refuse a medical exam, no matter if you believe you have no injuries.
  • Be sure to get a copy of the doctor's and police report (your attorney needs copies also)
  • Be sure to document all that happened leading up to your fall while your mind is clear. Document what witnesses say happened. Get the names and phone numbers of witnesses.
  • Take pictures of the area as soon as possible.

Defining Negligent Slip and Fall Accidents?

Most accidents, including slip and fall accidents, are due to another person's negligent actions. However, a slip and fall accident sometimes happens because you were careless, and if you had been paying attention to your surroundings, this slip and fall would likely not have occurred. Slip and fall accidents happen every second of every day. These accidents occur in all sorts of situations and in every city across America. No person or place is immune from slipping, falling, and receiving injuries.

However, it stands to reason that the larger the town, the more slip and fall accidents occur. The state of New York is bound to report more slip and fall accidents than a small rural town somewhere in America. Due to its dense population, New York reports high negligent slip and fall incidents. Some of these slip and fall accidents are scammed and planned by crooks. The majority of these slip and fall accidents are legitimate. Attorneys can spot these scammers and stop them in their tracks.

The dense populace of New York is not the only reason why slip and fall accidents increase. New York is a tourist city with many attractions to see. Slip and fall accidents tend to happen when visitors are unfamiliar with their surroundings.

Some people who receive injuries due to a slip and fall incident may have to share the blame for their injuries with the defendant. Defendants try to prove that no one else caused the victim's injuries but the victim. Our seasoned attorney must calculate what percentage of the incident was your fault and what percentage of the blame lies with someone else. While the burden of proof is on the victim to prove the other person was negligent, it is up to the defendant to prove the accident was the victim's fault.

If you suffer injuries and even if you seem to be OK, never refuse to be examined by a medical doctor after sustaining a slip and fall accident. Directly after your fall, you may feel that you are OK. However, unexpected, internal problems can arise in a few days, weeks, or months down the road. Get a copy of your doctor's report, and make sure your attorney has a copy. Most of these New York accidents happen due to someone else's carelessness, and the victim is 100 percent innocent. However, the burden of proof lies on you, the injured, which is why you need to hire a seasoned injury attorney.

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Future Health Issues Can Arise from an Old Slip and Fall Incident

If this type of accident happens to you in New York, please call an experienced negligent New York accident attorney today so we can hear your situation. Your first call to us is a free, no-obligation consultation to determine if you have a winning compensation case. We will help you receive the compensation you deserve. We collect no fee until you win your case. Slip and fall accidents cause many injuries, from minor to debilitating and life-long injuries to death. Slip and fall accidents all have different circumstances and happen anywhere, in a multitude of conditions, and at any time.

Most of us experience a slip and fall accident, and our first thought is, "Gee, I hope no one saw this." We get up and carry on with our day. We did not file a report, seek medical attention, fill out a work-related incident report and give it to our employer because we thought we were OK. You have three years from the date you fell to file a claim should health problems arise stemming from your fall. If your employer finds out that you fell on the job and did not give them an incident report, you may lose your job.

When you experience a fall and the side effects are severe, this is the time to take an in-depth look at what caused your accident. We will determine if someone else's conduct caused this accident. In some cases, the person injured dies due to their injuries, and their family must seek compensation in addition to dealing with grief issues. We fully understand the hurt and grief these families must go through, and we are committed to helping them.

Our goal is to help those families recoup losses to pay for the deceased's expenses. We never expect our families to pay a cent towards the deceased loved one's mounting debt when someone else caused their untimely death. We can file a wrongful death claim in court on behalf of the deceased advocate. A wrongful death claim depends on your case. This claim can pay for the deceased's medical bills, lost wages, and final end-of-life expenses like funeral and burial costs.

What Do Our Attorneys Do For You?

  • We offer a free no-obligation meeting to evaluate your case. We can determine who was at fault and how much compensation we believe you can get.
  • We are familiar with New York rules and regulations and file your claim with the court on time.
  • We communicate with all insurance companies and lawyers for the defendant to avoid you having to do this. We want you to concentrate on healing. We monitor any settlements that insurance companies offer you and help you determine if the compensation is sufficient to meet all of your financial needs. Usually, these settlements fall short.
  • We can speak with your creditors about mounting medical bills and debt.
  • If your case is a workers' compensation issue, we will handle this. We make sure your compensation payments do not stop before you fully recover. It is common for an employer to try to decrease your compensation payments before you heal or reach your highest level of functioning possible.
  • We study your accident scene and interview witnesses and employees.
  • We attempt to negotiate out-of-court settlements. However, if we cannot come to a fair settlement, we are prepared to fight for you in a court of law.
  • We file all documents and paperwork promptly.
  • We will help you prove the negligence of the other party.
  • In your fight for your victim's rights for a fair settlement to pay your unexpected expenses due to another person's careless actions, we advocate with you.

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What Can My Settlement Pay?

Each slip and fall accident is different, with each incident showing a wealth of other circumstances and injuries. Your settlement has much to do with the seriousness of your injuries and how your injuries happened.

Severe slip and fall injuries create a mound of unexpected debt that was not your fault, such as,

  • Possible job loss and inability to work at the same job or to ever work again at any job
  • Mounting medical bills of the past, present, and future
  • Vehicle payments
  • Loss of health insurance
  • Loss of personal property
  • Doctor visits
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Therapy services
  • Tests
  • Treatments
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Parking fees
  • Overnight costs
  • Traveling costs
  • Possible job retraining
  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering

Contact a New York Seasoned and Experienced Negligent Accident, Injury, Death Attorney As Soon As Possible

It is worth your time and money to seek experienced legal counsel to work on your behalf if you are injured by a fall incident. Attempting to recoup compensation on your own accord is not a wise decision due to the complexity of these cases. It is not fair to you or your family advocate to bear the consequences of someone's careless behavior. Many victims do not call a seasoned attorney and mistakenly believe they can handle this independently. We hear that they cannot afford to hire an attorney or feel that it is an easier option for them to take the case alone, which is not an accurate assessment.

The success rate of those who do this is high, and settlements are exceedingly low. It is not uncommon that these victims do not win a dime of compensation. You must know that everyone associated with your accident has attorneys working for them. When you come up against these professionals without an attorney, you do not have a chance of winning what is rightfully yours. It would be best to have a seasoned attorney working for your rights. If you cannot come to us, we will set up an appropriate time to go to you and review the facts of your slip and fall case. We cannot wait to meet you and hear your story to advocate your victim's rights for you and your family.

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