Staten Island Slip and Fall Attorney

Staten Island Slip and Fall LawDid you slip and fall while shopping at the Staten Island Mall or Woodrow Shopping Plaza? Maybe you slipped on flooring or carpeting while staying at the Navy Lodge in New York or the Hampton Inn & Suites on Staten Island? Perhaps your slip and fall accident occurred while boarding the Staten Island ferry or while grabbing groceries at the Costco on Richmond Avenue. When you suffer an injury on another person’s property, you may be able to file a claim to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. A Staten Island slip and fall accident lawyer can meet with you to determine if you are able to file a claim under New York’s premises liability laws.

Slipping or tripping and falling poses dangers in almost every place people walk, whether it’s the Staten Island Mall or the stairs of a rental apartment. Slip and fall victims suffer injuries ranging from cuts and bruises to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) nearly every day.

If you have fallen due to someone else’s negligence in Staten Island, call the experienced Staten Island slip and fall attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP. The law that governs slip and fall accidents is often complicated. We can help you determine whether you have a case in a completely free initial consultation.

Staten Island Slip and Fall Attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers, LLP

Why Choose Us?

For nearly 50 years, our law firm has been here to help the injured residents of Staten Island. Our lawyers know the ins and outs of premises liability laws in New York and we use this knowledge to fight effectively for our clients from the start. With a local knowledge and presence, we know the courts, the insurance companies, and the businesses that may be a part of your case. If we mutually decide to work together, we can investigate the circumstances and work to see that justice is done and help you seek just compensation for your injuries.

While no past case can guarantee future results, our experience shows in two recent slip and fall cases our firm handled. In the first, a man slipped and fell down the steps at a correctional facility. He received $750,000 in damage compensation. In the second, a worker fell and broke a hip. The worker received $1.11 million in damage compensation. Damage compensation varies depending on several factors, including the severity of the injury.

You shouldn’t have to head into Brooklyn or Queens just to get help after a slip and fall accident. As a resident of Staten Island, you deserve representation and guidance where you live. That is why we have an office located directly in the heart of Staten Island at 26 Watchogue Rd Suite 1. Our office is in Meiers Corners just off of Victory Boulevard and a few blocks from Fairview Cemetery. We offer FREE consultations and evaluations for all our injured slip and fall accident clients. If your injury prevents you from coming to us – we can come to you! Our lawyers routinely meet clients in their homes, hospital rooms, and even virtually to help them through this ordeal. Our law firm prides itself on being accessible and where you need us – when you need us most.

To set up your FREE initial consultation, call us at (718) 980-9600 or fill out our confidential contact form.

How Much Is My Staten Island Slip and Fall Case Worth?

Getting the Compensation You Need

After a slip and fall accident in Staten Island, many injured accident survivors want to know, “How much is my slip and fall case worth?” It’s only natural to wonder how much damage compensation you’ll receive if you’re in a slip and fall accident. You may end up under a mountain of medical bills and unable to work, after all.

We can explain how damage compensation is determined, but we can’t provide a specific amount you can expect to receive. Why? Because damage compensation depends on how much harm and injury you suffered. It depends on any long-term effects on your life. Someone who broke a leg might receive very different damage compensation from someone who suffered a serious TBI.

Victims injured in a slip and fall accident have the right to seek monetary compensation from the negligent party for certain types of injuries or harm. This type of monetary compensation is known as damages.

New York State allows victims of slip and fall accidents to seek damage compensation in the following categories:

  • Medical bills, both already incurred and expected in the future—for doctor’s visits, surgery, diagnostic tests, prescription medication, assistive devices, physical therapy, and more.
  • Income lost from work, both already incurred and expected in the future, if the accident itself, the injuries, or treatment caused you to lose wages from your job.
  • Pain and suffering or physical, mental, and emotional pain and suffering.

Victims may seek these damages either from the owner’s property insurance company or by taking the negligent parties to civil court in a premises liability lawsuit. If you don’t receive a just amount from an insurance claim, you can take the insurance company to court, as well.

What If I Don’t Have Money to Pay a Staten Island Slip and Fall Attorney?

Our Staten Island premises liability lawyers work on contingency. Their contingency fee is taken as a percentage from any eventual claim or legal settlement you receive.

In other words, you don’t approach premises liability lawyers with a credit card or a checkbook. You do not pay them out of pocket—a successful claim or legal settlement pays them.

It’s only natural to wonder how much damage compensation you’ll receive if you’re in a slip and fall accident. You may end up under a mountain of medical bills and unable to work, after all.

We can explain how damage compensation is determined, but we can’t provide a specific amount you can expect to receive. Why? Because damage compensation depends on how much harm and injury you suffered. It depends on any long-term effects on your life. Someone who broke a leg might receive very different damage compensation from someone who suffered a serious TBI.

Slip and Fall Accidents on Staten Island

Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur in Staten Island?

Staten Island is one of New York City’s main five boroughs. While it is the least populated of all the boroughs, Staten Island is home to nearly a half a million residents. Residents here must take the Staten Island Ferry to get into Manhattan or the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to get to Brooklyn.

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere on Staten Island. From the Staten Island Ferry station to restaurants in St. George, these accidents occur at all hours of the day and night. Yet, some locations in Staten Island are more common places for slip and fall accidents.

Places where slip and fall accidents most commonly occur in Staten Island include:

  • Stores. This includes department stores, grocery stores, shopping malls, and craft boutique shops, such as Empire Outlets, the Pergament Enterprises Mall, Staten Island Mall, SuperFresh, and Met Foods.
  • Restaurants and bars. This includes places like incredible restaurants along Richmond Road or along the waterfront. From Pier 76 to Reggiano’s Brick Oven Pizza, slip and fall accidents in restaurants are common.
  • Movie theaters. This includes Regal UA Staten Island on Forest Avenue, AMC Dine-In in the Mall, and even Regal Bricktown cinemas in Charleston.
  • Sports arenas or stadiums. This includes Wagner College Stadium, Metlife Stadium, Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, and Staten Island Skating Pavilion.
  • Playgrounds or parks. This includes the Freshkills Park, Blue Heron Park, and Seaside Wildlife Park.
  • Businesses and workplaces. This includes businesses in Great Kills, West Brighton, Todt Hill, and Port Richmond.
  • Rental properties, apartment complexes, and homes. This includes properties in Great Kills, West Brighton, Arden Heights, Richmond, and Silver Lake.
  • Hotels and motels. A slip and fall accident can occur at virtually any hotel or motel in Queens, including Holiday Inn Express Staten Island West, Hilton Garden Inn New York, and Comfort Inn on Staten Island.

Who Is to Blame After a Staten Island Slip and Fall Accident?

Premises owners must keep their property safe and free from environmental hazards for the public. In other words, if you enter a store, hotel, mall, or other places of business, the premises should not feature any conditions that are likely to cause you to slip and fall, such as broken sidewalks, water, or other liquid on the floors, and snow or ice in the parking lot during the winter. If you’re in a private home, the owner of the premises must also keep the premises safe for guests and people doing work in the home or on the property.

This obligation to keep premises safe for the public is known as the owner’s “duty of care.” If the premises aren’t safe and contain environmental hazards, the owner has breached their duty of care. This breach constitutes negligence, and it makes the premises owner liable, or financially responsible, for any injuries caused by unsafe conditions.

Property owners sometimes try to counter a premises liability lawsuit by arguing that they weren’t aware of dangers on their property. If property owners knew that premises were dangerous or that dangerous conditions had developed, they are responsible for fixing it promptly. If they can’t, they must warn the public with warning tape, cones, or other warning signs and cordon the unsafe area off until they can have it fixed.

If a dangerous condition develops, the law applies a prudent person standard. If a reasonably prudent person should have known that the premises were unsafe, the owner is held to that standard, whether they personally knew about the dangerous condition or not. Premises owners bear responsibility for knowing about the condition of their property.

Let’s say a heavy thunderstorm rolls through and a small store’s customers enter with drenched umbrellas. It only takes one customer entering with a wet umbrella for a floor to become wet. If a floor gets wet, someone could slip and fall on it. Any reasonably prudent person would know this to be true. The store owner must therefore take care to keep the store safe from potentially dangerous conditions as a result of the thunderstorm. The duty of care might include keeping the floor dry, cordoning off any wet areas and warning customers with wet floor signs, and placing an umbrella stand near the front.

Similarly, a landlord bears responsibility both for maintaining the premises in a safe condition and routinely inspecting the premises for any problems that might crop up and make it unsafe. If a light bulb burns out over the stairs, for example? Darkness leads to tenants slipping and falling down the stairs—a potentially fatal injury.

If premises owners aren’t themselves on the property, they must make sure that designated people know about the duty of care and are trained to fix, maintain, and restrict access to the dangerous areas.

Staten Island Slip and Fall Accident Injuries

What Kind of Injuries Can I Sustain in a Staten Island Slip and Fall Accident?

To many people, slipping may not sound that serious—a matter of some bruises, perhaps. But in fact, slip and fall accident injuries range from minor to very serious, and sometimes even life-threatening. Staten Island slip and fall survivors suffer everything from minor lacerations to severe spinal cord injuries or comas.

As a result, slip and falls can result in the following:

  • Soft tissue injuries.
  • Sprains.
  • Broken bones.
  • Lacerations.
  • Contusions (bruises).
  • Internal injuries.
  • TBIs.
  • Spinal cord injuries.
  • Amputated or severed limbs.
  • Coma.
  • Disfigurement.
  • Death.

Winning Your Staten Island Slip and Fall Case

Filing a Staten Island Slip and Fall Claim or Lawsuit

To receive damages in a slip and fall case, you need to show the following.

  1. Your injuries stemmed from the slip and fall, and not from some other cause.
  2. You were legally on the premises. Businesses such as stores, hotels, malls, airports, etc. are open to the public. If the accident happened on private property, being legally on the premises means that you were an invited guest or on the property to do work of some kind. See an attorney to discuss whether trespassers can bring a slip and fall case, especially if it involves young children.
  3. You need proof that an unsafe condition existed.
  4. You must provide proof that the premises owner either knew or should have known about the unsafe condition.
  5. You must prove that the owner either didn’t fix the condition or fixed it in a shoddy manner so that it still wasn’t safe or became unsafe again.
  6. You will need to show that the public didn’t receive warnings about the unsafe condition and still retained access, but access proved unsafe.

If you slip and fall due to someone else’s negligence, keep the need for evidence in mind. The more you can do, the better your chances of winning your case. If you are unable to gather evidence, contact an attorney immediately so they may begin gathering evidence before it is lost.

Gather Evidence

First, take pictures of the area if you have a smartphone with you. Make sure to capture the hazard, such as water on the floor or dark stairs.

Second, get contact information from eyewitnesses and/or other people who witnessed the same conditions. Other store patrons, for instance, can attest to unsafe conditions and lack of warning to the public. Other renters can attest to the length of time burned-out bulbs remained unfixed.

Notify Property Owner

Let the premises owner (or a representative, such as an on-duty manager) know about your injury. The reason? A jury might find it odd that you suffered injuries in a store but left without saying anything to management. It may seem as if you may have suffered the injuries at another time, or your injuries were less serious than you claim. In addition, of course, telling the manager ensures that they know about the dangerous condition so that they can fix it and prevent more accidents from occurring.

Follow Doctor’s Orders

Seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you are seriously injured, such as bleeding profusely, move seeking medical attention to first priority. All the other actions can occur after you are medically treated for your injury. Only a doctor can determine whether or not you are injured, and the extent of your injuries. Keep all records of doctor’s office visits and other medical appointments and treatments. Follow your doctor’s recommendations.

If you fail to follow your doctor’s orders, you may signal to the insurance companies that your injuries are not as severe as you say they are. This can significantly damage your case and your ability to collect the compensation you need.

You’ll need an official record of the injuries stemming from the slip and fall and their severity if you intend to make a claim. Insurance companies often try to pay less than a claim is worth by alleging that the injuries aren’t as serious as the injured person says. Proof of your injuries is therefore important. A healed injury may not look as serious as it initially did to a jury—that’s the reason you want pictures taken as soon as possible after the accident.

Call a Staten Island Slip and Fall Attorney

Premises liability attorneys usually offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Bring evidence, such as your medical records about the accident, pictures of the accident scene, and pictures of your injuries. If the injury caused you to miss work time, estimate how much. Explain to the attorney what occurred, as well as how and why. At the end of the initial consultation, the attorney can provide feedback on whether you have a premises liability case.

How Can We Help?

At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, our attorneys frequently work with investigators who can explore the circumstances surrounding the accident. They also work with medical personnel and compensation experts who can estimate your expected monetary losses, as well as any long-lasting physical, emotional, or mental impairments caused by the accident.

How will we assess your damages?

  • First, we’ll add up your incurred medical bills. If your medical team expects you will need future medical treatment, your attorney will likely seek expert testimony about the estimated cost.
  • Second, your time lost from work is multiplied by your current income. If you are expected to miss more time from work due to the injuries in the future, your attorney will again seek expert testimony to assess how much time, multiplied by your expected earnings.
  • Third, your pain and suffering damages are assessed. Pain and suffering depend on several factors. Actual pain and suffering is a chief element, of course; an injury that causes a lot of pain will receive more compensation than one where a person experiences less or fleeting pain. Other elements include whether the injuries diminished your quality of life or life expectations. For example, if you are a construction worker and your injury required amputation of your leg, the pain and suffering damages will be much higher than someone whose injuries did not diminish their life.

If You Need a Slip and Fall Attorney in Staten Island, Call Jacoby & Meyers, LLP

If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident in Staten Island, Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, can help. We fight for justice. Our first consultation is always free. Contact us today, start a webchat with one of our live representatives, or dial (877) 488-1707 today for your free consultation.

Client Testimonial

“After my accident I contacted a law firm and explained the situation. They told me about cases they’ve had in the past and the most compensation they got for clients. They made me aware that they were not interested at the time but, I could contact them in the future if anything changed. After my surgery 2 years later my wife suggested I contact an attorney. Since it happened in a different state I contacted an attorney in that state and was told the statute of limitations was up. My wife told me not to give up, that’s when I contacted Jacoby & Meyers. They were able to figure out how to proceed with the case and settled it for 15 times the amount that the original law firm had said might be possible. I highly recommend Jacoby & Meyers, they were professional and kept me informed throughout the entire process.” -Charles D.
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Jacoby & Meyers, LLP
26 Watchogue Rd Suite 1
Staten Island, NY 10314
(877) 488-1707