Bronx Slip and Fall Attorney
Despite recent construction in southern sections of the borough, much of the Bronx still consists of older buildings. Some landlords and commercial tenants keep their properties in good shape. Others, not so much. On a property that has fallen into disrepair, dangerous conditions like cracked floors, uneven steps, slippery floors, and loose railings, tend to crop up like weeds. Left to get worse, these conditions put residents and property visitors at risk of serious injuries in a Bronx slip and fall accident. When an accident does occur, injured victims need a Bronx slip and fall accident lawyer on their side from the start.
Falling, believe it or not, represents one of the most common ways that people of any age, but especially older adults and children, get badly—even fatally—hurt in the Bronx. What looks like a minor fall on a wet floor can, in fact, inflict devastating injuries that take years to heal. Sadly, some never do.
Chronic pain and severe disability from a fall can make life permanently difficult. And expensive.
Fortunately, the law gives victims of dangerous property conditions in the Bronx legal rights to seek financial compensation from landlords, commercial tenants, and others who should have taken steps to fix those conditions (or at least warn about them).
The Bronx personal injury lawyers of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP represents Bronx residents and visitors who got needlessly injured in these preventable incidents. If you fell and sustained a bad injury on someone else’s property, contact our Bronx slip and fall attorneys today for a free case evaluation.
Experience in Slip and Fall Accident Cases in the Bronx
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our Bronx slip and fall accident lawyers have extensive experience helping injured victims and their families. We know that slip and fall accidents are serious and often require extensive medical treatment in order to begin healing. Sometimes, slip and fall accident injuries are so severe, recovery is not an option.
Our attorneys have successfully negotiated, settled, and litigated personal injury cases across the Bronx. We know the local courthouses, judges, and insurers that will likely be involved in your case. Our extensive understanding of premises liability law in New York enables us to fight aggressively for our clients from the very start.
In fact, our track record speaks volumes. Here are just a few of our most recent successful slip and fall accident cases.
- $2 million in Bronx trip and fall accident
- $1.625 million in Manhattan fall at a construction site
- $650,000 in fall outside New York home
- $600,000 in Manhattan slip and fall accident
While past results never guarantee future success, we have the resources and experience necessary to tackle complex slip and fall accident cases. We offer personalized and compassionate guidance at every turn while delivering high-quality legal services. It’s what we do and it’s why so many injured Bronx residents choose us to represent them.
When you suffer an injury in a slip and fall accident in West Bronx, Highbridge, Melrose, or anywhere in the Bronx, you need a local law firm that can get to you quickly. Our law firm has an office located directly in the Bronx at 656 East Fordham Road, just down the street from the New York Botanical Garden and Fordham University.
Contact an experienced Bronx slip and fall attorney at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP immediately after your accident. If it is difficult to get to our office or come in for your free consultation, don’t worry. We can often visit you in your hospital room or at your home while you recover, and we are also available virtually.
What Is the Average Cost of a Bronx Slip and Fall Accident?
How Much Is My Slip and Fall Case Worth?
Slip and fall accidents in the Bronx are never simple, even though they may appear that way at first. Department stores, box stores like Walmart, apartment complexes, and restaurants in the Bronx all owe their patrons a duty of care. They must maintain their properties safely and prevent serious slip and fall accidents from occurring. When they fail, they can be held responsible for the injuries and damages their negligence caused.
But what is your slip and fall case worth? This is a difficult question to answer because there are many factors that can affect the overall outcome of your case. The amount of compensation you can receive depends on:
- Insurance coverage of the business
- The type of injuries and damages you suffered
- How much those injuries will affect your life and future
- Any lost time at work
- How much you contributed to the accident
- The type of negligence that occurred
These are just some of the factors that may affect the overall amount of money you are able to receive. The cost of a slip and fall accident case can easily reach millions, especially if the victim suffered permanent disability or impairment.
For example, suppose you slipped and fell at Walmart and suffered a head injury. According to recent studies, the average cost of a brain injury was somewhere between $85,000 for mild brain injuries and $3 million for traumatic brain injuries. That is just the cost of medical care and treatment. This does not take into account the money needed to pay for direct in-home care, lost benefits, and loss of future earnings.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), 22 percent of slip and fall accidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work. Compensation and medical costs associated with slip and falls at work cost businesses roughly $70 billion a year.
What Is a Slip and Fall Injury Accident?
So-called slip and fall injuries consist of any injury sustained in an unintentional fall by one person on another person’s property. They are called slip and falls because so many of them result from people losing their footing on slippery surfaces.
However, any kind of preventable fall stemming from a dangerous property condition can qualify as a slip and fall, such as when a person takes a tumble and gets hurt because of:
- An uneven floor surface;
- Worn or torn floor tiles, boards, or carpets, particularly on stairs;
- Recently mopped or waxed floors;
- Spilled liquids, grease, or oil that have not been cleaned up;
- Icy sidewalks that have not been properly salted;
- Improperly constructed or poorly lit staircases;
- Objects or electrical cords stretched across walkways;
- Potholes in parking lots;
- Trash or debris on the floor;
- Unmarked transitions from one type or level of flooring to another; or
- Broken, loose, or missing handrails.
Although people tend to think of falling as a minor incident, falling can in fact cause serious and even fatal injuries.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute:
- Falls are the leading cause of emergency department visits, with slip and fall accidents accounting for around 12 percent of all fall injuries and fatalities in the U.S. Over a million people are treated in emergency departments after suffering a slip and fall accident each year.
- Around 5 percent of people who fall will sustain a bone fracture, which is among the most serious injuries to incur in this type of accident. Among the fractures sustained in falls, hip fractures often have the most catastrophic results, particularly for older people. Falls are the second leading cause of accidental death in people aged 65-84 and the leading cause of accidental death for those over the age of 84.
- Slip and fall accidents in the workplace, while not a primary cause of workplace fatalities, are one of the top reasons for lost days from work and are the leading occupational injury for workers aged 55 and over. Nearly a quarter of the individuals who suffer a slip and fall accident in the workplace are forced to miss 31 days or more of work due to their injuries.
- Falls account for about one-fifth of all accidental injuries in the U.S. and produce an annual cost to society of $13 to $14 million each year.
- About 60 percent of all falls resulting in injury are from the same level, while falls from elevation account for about 40 percent of all fall injuries. The majority of falls in the home are same-level falls, while falls from elevation are a common cause of workplace fatalities.
No matter how a person suffers a Bronx slip and fall injury, however, the slip and fall accident lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP have the experience and know-how to investigate and find out who might have legal liability for damages.
Common Types of Injuries From a Slip and Fall Accident
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we help injured slip and fall accident victims like you. We know the ins and outs of slip and fall accident cases and we know how to gather the evidence needed to prove liability. Our lawyers work quickly and efficiently to determine who is to blame for your accident. We meet with medical experts and witnesses and build a solid case to help you collect maximum compensation. We do this because we know how devastating slip and fall accident injuries truly are. Our team of experienced Bronx slip and fall accident attorneys has represented victims who suffered from a wide range of injuries, including:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Hip injuries
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur in the Bronx?
A slip and fall accident can occur anywhere in the Bronx, from private homes to public property and everything in between. Some of the most common places where slip and fall accidents happen the most include:
- The Bronx Zoo
- Yankee Stadium
- Bronx Museum of Arts
- Subway stations
- NYC Health and Hospitals
- Shopping areas
Who is Responsible for Bronx Slip and Fall Accidents?
Owners and managers of residential, commercial, and even public properties in the Bronx have a legal obligation to keep the property free of unsafe conditions that could cause a slip and fall injury.
The duties they owe vary depending on what sort of permission the visitor to the property has to to be there:
- Invitees: People the owner invites onto the property for the owner’s (usually business) purposes, called invitees, have the right to expect the owner to keep the property free of dangerous conditions, and to warn them about conditions the owner knows about or should know about. Customers of stores and restaurants, and people visiting a professional in an office building, are invitees, for example.
- Licensees: People who the owner allows onto the property for their own purposes, called licensees, have the right to expect the owner to warn them about known dangers and for the owner not to put them in harm’s way intentionally. A party guest is typically considered a licensee under New York law, as are people who come onto a property as part of performing a service, like electricians, plumbers, or delivery people.
- Trespassers: Adults who have no permission to come onto a property are called trespassers. Adult trespassers can only expect the owner not to harm them intentionally (and even that right has limits).
- Child trespassers. Children, however, are different. Property owners must take reasonable steps to keep all children safe from the dangers of any property feature that is likely to attract a child onto someone’s property, regardless of whether children have permission to be there. Property features subject to this rule include swimming pools, trampolines, and piles of material on construction sites, for example.
No matter what the circumstances of an injury you or your child suffered on someone else’s property in the Bronx, speak with the experienced slip and fall attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP as soon as possible after the accident. Chances are you have significant rights to recover substantial compensation for your injuries, even if you did not have the owner’s explicit permission to come onto the property. No property owner should get away with ignoring a dangerous property condition that caused you to fall and get hurt.
Property owners can prevent a slip and fall accident from occurring on a property, such as:
- Cleaning up all spills immediately. If the spill can’t be cleaned up right away, a “wet floor” sign should be posted in a highly visible place near the spill. The use of powdery spill absorbent can help dry up the wet surface.
- Keeping walkways and hallways free from clutter and debris.
- Avoiding stretching electrical cords across areas of the floor where people walk or covering these cords so that they do not create tripping hazards for visitors or workers.
- Closing filing cabinet drawers and doors when not in use.
- Promptly replacing burned out bulbs to provide an area for visitors that is well lit.
- Installing abrasive floor mats or replacing worn flooring to prevent slipping hazards.
- Avoiding using floor waxes or polishes that make the surface of the floor slick.
- Encouraging workers to wear proper, non-skid shoes. Depending on the property features, it may be appropriate to encourage visitors to wear non-slip footwear as well.
- Securing mats and area rugs that will not lie flat, to prevent raised corners, folds, or ripples that can result in falls.
- Fill in sidewalk or walkway cracks immediately.
- Ensure that high-use, high-risk areas such as stairwells and basements have proper lighting.
- Ensuring that icy walkways and paths are properly shoveled and salted and warning visitors of these icy areas with a prominently placed sign.
In other words, if you fell and got hurt because of a condition on a Bronx property that, when you think about it, the landlord or property owner really should have fixed or at least warned you about, then New York law likely entitles you to receive significant financial compensation. The Bronx slip and fall accident lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP are here to help.
5 Steps to Follow After a Slip and Fall Accident:
Following these tips can help you protect your legal rights after sustaining an injury at a residential, commercial, or public property in the Bronx:
- Follow all medical treatment plans. By now, you likely have seen a doctor and received treatment for your injuries. However, this is not enough. You must follow your doctor’s treatment plan precisely. Be sure to attend all doctor’s visits, therapy sessions, and testing. Refill all medications as well. Failure to follow doctor’s orders will signal to the insurance companies that you are not as injured as you claim to be.
- Gather evidence. We understand that you are not an investigator and your time is better spent on your recovery. However, if possible, gather the names and contact information of anyone who saw your accident. Write down all details of the accident while it is fresh in your mind, including what happened and the property owner’s response to the accident. Ask a friend or family member to take a picture of the property condition before the property owner fixes it. This can help your lawyer tremendously when a full investigation into your accident begins.
- File a report. Report your injury to the property owner, but do not demand compensation (your lawyer will do this) and do not accept any offer by the property owner to pay you or to “make things right.” Make your report in writing, either on a form provided by the property owner or in a simple letter describing what happened. Keep a duplicate copy for yourself.
- Avoid social media. Stay off social media to avoid jeopardizing your legal rights. Defense attorneys and insurance companies monitor social media feed to try to find information that can make it seem like you did not get injured, or that you are not as injured as you claim.
- Call a Bronx slip and fall attorney. Call Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, and ask about your right to compensation. We offer free initial consultations so you can review your legal options and get the answers you need.
Recovering Damages after a Bronx Slip and Fall Accident
Victims of Bronx slip and fall accidents have only three years to take legal action against a private property owner who has legal liability for their injury, and even less time if a public entity owned the property. As such, it is important to act quickly and contact a lawyer immediately.
Every case has its own unique aspects, but generally speaking, a Bronx slip and fall injury victim can take legal action to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Emergency treatment
- Diagnostic testing
- Physician services
- Prescription medications
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages. Slip and fall injuries can result in victims being too injured for work or having to miss work to attend medical appointments related to slip and fall injuries.
- Loss of future earnings and benefits. Some slip and fall injuries result in permanent impairment and disability.
- Pain and suffering. Physical pain, emotional suffering, and other harm to the quality of life can be caused by a slip and fall injury.
No lawyer can guarantee that a slip and fall injury victim will recover all, or even any, of the categories of damages listed above. However, the most reliable way to give yourself the best shot at obtaining maximum compensation is to seek the help of a skilled Bronx slip and fall injury attorney as soon as possible.
Call Our Experienced Bronx Slip and Fall Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a fall at a Bronx property, no matter the circumstances, New York law likely entitles you to substantial compensation, if you act quickly.
Contact the experienced Bronx slip and fall injury attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP right now.
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