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Get the Maximum Compensation for Your Injury
Getting hurt in a slip-and-fall incident on someone else’s property can disrupt your life. And when that happens, you could be entitled to medical bills, lost wages and other compensation.
Sometimes you see headlines in the news like these:
- “Jury awards $1.6M to man in supermarket slip-and-fall…”
- "Walmart loses $1 Million Slip-and-Fall Case…”
Most slip-and-fall judgments are less than a million dollars, but a slip and fall — or any personal injury — can have a devastating impact on your health, your ability to earn a living and your future.
Proving that your injury qualifies can get complicated. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to fight for your maximum compensation under the law.
Does My Case Count as a “Slip and Fall?”
“Slip and fall” is a term for personal injury lawsuits, filed after a person slips, falls or trips, causing them injuries. AND the circumstances related to the accident could be the fault of the property owner or operator.
People have successfully brought slip-and-fall cases against owners and operators of commercial properties and landlords or tenants of residential properties.
They’ve also brought successful cases against local, state and federal government agencies for injuries on public properties.
Was there Negligence in My Case?
Personal injury cases hinge on proving negligence, a legal name for carelessness that leads to harm.
If negligence by a person or business leads to someone else’s injury, the negligent person can be held responsible.
To prove negligence, you need to prove that the owner of the property or his employee:
- Knew about the dangerous situation, but did not address it.
- Caused the dangerous condition.
- Should have known about the dangerous condition. A “reasonable” person in that position would have known about the danger and fixed it.
If you can establish No. 1 or No. 2, your case is easier to prove.
But No. 3 –– should have known –– is the most frequent issue and can be challenging to prove.
At the law firm of James Trauring & Associates, LLC, we’ve been fighting for hardworking New Yorkers for 25 years.
We know how to build a successful case for you.
What Would a “Reasonable” Person Have Done?
To establish the negligence of a property owner or operator, you need to establish this kind of information:
- If you slipped, fell or tripped because of broken flooring, torn or loose carpeting, or a slippery floor, was the problem there long enough that the manager should have seen it and realized it could be a hazard?
- Could the property manager reasonably have done something to reduce the risk of the hazardous situation? Could it have been fixed?
- Could the owner or manager reasonably have placed a barrier or warning sign preventing access or alerting you to the danger?
Did You Contribute to Your Injury?
Sometimes, a slip and fall is just an accident, caused by the injured person’s own carelessness.
You were looking at your cell phone and walked into a counter, injuring your knee. Even if your knee damage was serious, you may have difficulty establishing the property owner was negligent.
But in most states, including New York, you can also show partial negligence.
If you slipped on a stairway in a business while looking at your cellphone, then you discover the stairs were unevenly spaced against code, the property owner still may be responsible for a degree of negligence.
You could still recover damages, but reduced by the percentage of fault the court assigns to you.
Get the Right Lawyer for Your Slip-and-Fall Case
You can see a claim for damages from a slip and fall can get complicated.
You need experienced lawyers handling your case…
…Lawyers who know what it takes to win…
…Lawyers who fight for maximum compensation for you…
…Lawyers who aren’t afraid to take on big insurance companies and won’t be pressured into quick settlements.
James Trauring & Associates, LLC, has more than two decades of experience winning fair compensation for injured New Yorkers in and around Albany, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs.
In some cases, you’re entitled to more than personal injury damages. You could receive benefits like Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability. We handle those cases, too. Some lawyers only handle personal injury.
Let’s get the settlement you deserve.