Manhattan Slip and Fall Lawyer
Predictable and preventable slip and fall accidents often lead to severe injuries in Manhattan. Severe injuries often cause significant physical, emotional, and financial pain for Manhattan victims and their families. Fortunately, in many cases, the law allows people injured in accidental falls caused by dangerous property conditions to hold property owners financially accountable.
These slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, causing severe injuries to victims.
If you suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident in Manhattan, contact the skilled slip and fall attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP for a free case evaluation to learn about the best course of action for your circumstances.
Our Results in Slip and Fall Injury Cases
The experienced legal team at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP has advocated for injured victims of someone else’s wrongful actions for nearly 50 years. A significant part of our practice focuses on representing people who have suffered injuries in slip and fall accidents and other types of preventable falls. Our firm’s commitment to seeking justice and delivering top-notch client service has led to tens of millions of dollars in damages compensation for our clients and their families.
Some of our recent case outcomes involving preventable falls range between $200,000 and $2 million, and include:
- $2 million settlement for a client who needed surgery and skin grafting after she tripped and fell over poorly-placed plywood extending from a pedestrian barricade;
- $1,625,000 settlement for a client who suffered a life-altering back injury after he slipped off a beam on a construction site. A construction crew had failed to secure the beam and to install a safety railing;
- $650,000 jury award for an elderly client who needed a hip replacement after she slipped and fell on the exterior steps of a house because of poor lighting and a lack of handrails;
- $600,000 settlement for a client who suffered a neck injury after he slipped and fell on a wet floor in a Manhattan office building; and
- $200,000 for a client who needed surgery on a ruptured tendon in his leg after he slipped and fell on the concrete slab at his house because his landlord failed to salt or sand the ice.
These examples of slip and fall case outcomes do not guarantee specific results in anyone’s case, of course. Each slip and fall accident has distinctive facts and circumstances that can increase or decrease the value of a claim. However, the skilled legal team at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP has the resources to build the strongest possible case for its clients to give them the best chance of receiving the compensation they deserve for their slip and fall injuries.
Slip and Fall Accidents Have Many Causes
The New York State Department of Health reports that falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths, emergency room visits, and hospitalization for people over age 65. In fact, New Yorkers of any age can suffer debilitating injuries in a slip and fall accident. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), identifies unintentional falls as a leading cause of non-fatal emergency room visits in every age group except 15 to 24 year-olds
These slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, causing severe injuries to victims. Some dangerous situations that can lead to a slip and fall accident and devastating injuries include:
- Run-down buildings with loose, ripped, or cracked floor coverings;
- Uneven steps and loose handrails;
- Uncleared snow, ice, and trash in parking lots, driveways, and storefronts;
- Wet product use or spills of water, floor wax, floor cleaning products, food, oil, or any other substance that makes a floor dangerously slick;
- Dry product use or spills of sand, dirt, powder, and granules;
- Poorly maintained escalators and elevators; and
- Uneven and poorly maintained sidewalks and walkways.
These are just a few examples, of course. No matter what kind of dangerous property condition leads to someone falling and getting hurt, the team at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP has the know-how to investigate the root cause and to pinpoint who should have prevented it.
Slip and Falls Commonly Result in Traumatic Brain Injuries
According to the CDC, unintentional falls constitute the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in adults older than 65 and in children. Slip and fall accidents can often cause a person to hit their head on the pavement, ground, or floor below them. A sudden blow to the head can lead to a traumatic injury to the brain ranging from “mild” (i.e., a concussion) to severe. No matter the label, however, any TBI can inflict lifelong complications for victims and their families. Children who sustain a TBI can risk developmental difficulties that sometimes go undetected for months or years.
Other consequences of suffering a TBI in a slip and fall accident include challenges with:
- Short-term and long-term memory;
- Logical reasoning;
- Vision, hearing, and other senses;
- Expressing, communicating, and understanding language and emotions;
- Impulse control; and
- Changes in personality and behavior.
Even the most “mild” TBI can result in severe, debilitating conditions that last for years or more. Do not assume that just because you “only” suffered a concussion in an accidental fall caused by a dangerous Manhattan property condition that you have no right to compensation. In all likelihood, you do. Contact the team at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP today to learn more.
Visitor Status in Manhattan Slip and Fall Cases
Under New York law, property owners have an obligation to maintain a safe environment for people who visit or live on their property. The law states that property owners must “use reasonable care to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition for the protection of all persons whose presence is reasonably foreseeable.” The extent to which a property owner can be held liable for a slip and fall injury, and the degree of obligation an owner owes to a visitor, depends upon that visitor’s legal status on the property.
New York, like most states, categorizes property visitors under three legal designations: invitees, licensees, and trespassers.
Property owners owe the highest legal duty toward invitees, or people who have been given express permission to come onto property for the owner’s business purposes, or for public use. Business invitees include anyone you might call clients, customers, or patrons, such as diners at restaurants, shoppers at stores, patients at a hospital, and businesspeople visiting an office building. Public invitees consist of anyone who uses a public space like a city park, playground, or building plaza. Property owners have a duty to prevent property conditions that pose a hazard to invitees, and to warn visitors of any dangerous condition the owner knows or should reasonably know about.
Licensees have express or implied permission to be on a property for their own purposes, rather than for the owner’s. Confusingly, the law usually treats someone you invite to a party at your house as a licensee, not an invitee, because the person comes for their own social reasons. Still, someone you directly invite onto your property enjoys equivalent rights to an invitee – you must generally keep them safe from known dangerous property conditions. Someone who only has an implied invitation to come onto the property, in contrast, enjoys fewer legal protections. Property owners need not warn them about obvious hazards, but still cannot actively try to harm them, either. Delivery drivers from FedEx or UPS, the person who reads the electric meter each month, and traveling salespeople, all serve as examples of some common uninvited licensees.
Trespassers have no right to go onto another person’s or company’s property, because they have neither express nor implied permission. Under state law, property owners owe no duty to adult trespassers, except not to hurt them intentionally (in most cases). Property owners do owe duties to child trespassers, on the other hand (see below).
Child Trespassers in New York Slip and Fall Injury Cases
Children are protected from injury resulting from a dangerous condition on a property other than their home, regardless of their visitor status. Careless New York property owners open themselves up to financial liability for an injury to a child under the so-called attractive nuisance doctrine. An attractive nuisance is a property feature that attracts children to it, and which without reasonable precautions could pose a hazard to children.
Common attractive nuisances include:
- Swimming pools;
- Construction sites with piles of lumber, materials, and soil;
- Heavy equipment like bobcats and bulldozers;
- Ponds, fountains, and other water features; and
- Outdoor play equipment such as swing sets and treehouses.
If your child fell or got hurt while on someone else’s property in Manhattan, contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP right away. Just because children fall and get hurt from time-to-time does not mean that you should not deserve compensation. Property owners have important obligations to keep children safe from dangerous property conditions.
Receiving Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries
Victims of a slip and fall accident caused by a careless property owner deserve compensation for their injuries and losses. New York law permits slip and fall accident victims to take legal action to seek compensation for damages in many cases.
Every case has its own unique aspects, but in general a Manhattan slip and fall victim may seek to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses including ambulance ride, emergency room visit, hospitalization, radiology, surgery, aftercare, prescription medication, and travel to and from the doctor or hospital;
- Estimated future medical costs for those who suffer catastrophic injuries and require ongoing, indefinite care and assistance;
- Rehabilitation expenses for physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and any other specialist associated with helping those injured in a slip and fall regain lost functions and cope with the challenges of a permanent injury;
- Costs for assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, and canes;
- Lost wages due to missing work from the slip and fall accident injury;
- Estimated future lost wages when a slip and fall injury causes a catastrophic injury preventing a victim from returning to work or seeking future employment;
- Expenses to modify the home when a slip and fall accident victim needs to make their house more accessible by adding things like grab bars, handrails, and wheelchair ramps;
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering;
- Loss of consortium;
- Reduced quality of life; and
- Any other costs that might apply to a particular case.
If a slip and fall accident has led to the death of a loved one, surviving family members may also have the right to seek financial compensation through what is known as a wrongful death action. This kind of lawsuit can result in the recovery of many of the types of damages listed above, as well as for burial and funeral costs. Consult with the experienced Manhattan slip and fall attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP to evaluate your rights to pursue this type of action after the tragic loss of a loved one.
Get the Help You Need from Jacoby & Meyers, LLP After a Manhattan Slip and Fall Injury
At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial challenges you face after a severe slip and fall injury interrupts your life. We cannot take away the pain for you, but we help you seek compensation for losses related to a slip and fall accident if you have a viable case.
Money from a settlement or court award will not undo the past, but you should not have to shoulder the financial burden of an injury because a careless property owner failed to correct or warn you about a hazard. You also deserve compensation for the emotional trauma and stress that you have experienced.
A skilled Manhattan slip and fall attorney investigates the circumstances of a client’s accident and injury to build the strongest case possible against the property owner who caused harm. Contact Jacoby & Meyers, LLP today online, start a chat with one of our live representatives, or call us at (212) 445-7000 for a free case evaluation, so one of our team members can review your case and determine your eligibility for receiving compensation.
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