NYC Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

Almost all accidents seem, in retrospect, as if they could have been avoided. This may be especially true of slip and falls since if we had only been looking down during the instant before our fall, we most likely could have prevented our own injuries. Nonetheless, in a great number of slip and fall accidents, the property owner or manager bears premises liability for not maintaining his or her property safely. If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall in the five boroughs of New York City or adjacent counties and believe another is to blame, you should consult with Katter Law Firm for aggressive, skilled legal representation. Though there are a great many causes of slip and falls; two common types occur on sidewalks or because of basement doors.

Sidewalk Slip and Falls

In many neighborhoods, even those with charming homes, sidewalks are very poorly maintained. The sidewalks may be uneven, cracked, pitted, or even have sizeable holes which may trip up any pedestrian, dog walker, mother or father with a stroller, or elderly person with a cane. Wherever sidewalks have existed for many years, some sections of cement have usually been dangerously lifted by the roots of ever-taller trees. Bad weather or obstacles make these situations even more hazardous. It doesn’t take a victim with balance issues to slip and fall on rainy, snowy, icy sidewalks, or those covered with wet autumn leaves. Sidewalks strewn with toys, gardening tools, or dog excrement are also dangerous.

Basement Slip and Falls

Unfortunately, it is quite common to hear of someone falling down basement steps. While of course, this can happen on one’s own property, it is more likely to occur on someone else’s where you may not even know there is a basement. Whether you are being shown around a neighbor’s home, given a tour of a house you are considering renting or purchasing or looking around a retail establishment, school, or public building, a basement door can result in a serious or catastrophic injury or even a fatality. To make matters worse, basement steps are often uncarpeted, frequently do not have a banister, and may be poorly lit. Most frighteningly, in many cases basement doors are unmarked, so you may think, unless informed otherwise, that you are stepping into a closet or room on the same level, not onto a step beneath you. If there is a piece of laundry or a tennis ball on one of the top steps, your fall is almost predictable, though in all probability the owner has not set a deliberate trap.

Other Common Slip and Fall Accidents

Unfortunately, there are many other common hazards that may result in slip and fall injuries, such as:

  • Poorly lit hallways
  • Wet or slippery floors
  • Frayed carpeting or uneven rugs
  • Littered pathways, indoors or out
  • Broken stoops, stairs or banisters
  • Uneven or broken flooring tiles

If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall, your first priority is to receive emergency medical care. If you believe your fall was the fault of another, your next step should be to contact Katter Law Firm. 

Katter Law Firm Will Fight To Win You All the Compensation You Deserve

If it can be proven that your slip and fall accident was due to the property owner’s negligence, we will file a lawsuit for premises liability. Due to our sharp negotiation abilities, we may be able to get you a just settlement without even setting foot in a courtroom. Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be entitled to all out-of-pocket medical and rehabilitative costs, lost wages (present and future), psychological counseling, property damages, physical pain, mental anguish, and permanent disability. In some instances, if the defendant has acted with malice or total disregard for your safety, we may be able to successfully sue for punitive damages as well.

When Is Someone Else Responsible for Your Slip and Fall?

Though some slip and fall accidents are due to medical issues, inattention or clumsiness of the victim, many are the result of negligence on the part of the property owner. If you believe the latter is true in your case, let Katter Law Firm evaluate the specific circumstances to see whether you have a viable case of premises liability. If the property owner has been negligent and lets his or her property fall into disrepair, our sharp attorneys will be able to sue the offending party to obtain the damages you are legally entitled to. 

What Injuries Result from Slip and Fall Accidents? 

Almost any injury can result from a slip and fall. The nature of your injury will likely be determined by the position you were in when you fell, the height you fell from, your level of fitness, and your age at the time of the accident. Whereas young children have been known to recover completely after traumatic brain injuries due to falls from second stories onto cement (!), elderly people with fragile bones can fracture a hip or pelvis during a slip and fall from a standing position onto a deep pile carpet.

Slip and fall injuries may also involve:

  • Fractures of the femur (thigh bone), vertebrae, wrist, ankle or clavicle (collarbone)
  • Neuromuscular damage to nerves, tendons, muscles or ligaments
  • Concussions or traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Internal bleeding or organ damage

Certain injuries, such as internal bleeding, do not show up in the immediate aftermath of a fall. This is why it is essential to have a thorough medical examination, including any necessary diagnostic tests. As your attorneys, we want to make certain that we don’t agree to a settlement before we know the full extent of your injuries. Also, we want to have your mental and emotional well-being carefully checked out. After a head injury, you may suffer impaired cognition and/or memory, seizures, or severe headaches. After any serious accident, you may also develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or panic attacks.

Comparative Negligence in New York

An important part of premises liability law in New York is that there is a rule of comparative negligence. Comparative negligence applies when the injured party and the defendant are each determined to be partially responsible for the accident. If, for example, the court assigns 20 percent fault to the plaintiff, if you are awarded $100,000, you will receive that amount less 20 percent or $80,000.

Why Choose Katter Law Firm?

During over 33 years in practice, our firm has served injured clients with determination and compassion. For us, each client is treated as we would treat someone close to us -- with patience, empathy, and respect. When you come to Katter Law Firm, you can be sure we will fight aggressively to win you the highest monetary damages permitted by law. Our founder and lead attorney, Ronald J. Katter, is recommended by the New York City Bar Association, as well as the New York County Lawyers’ Association, Brooklyn and Bronx Bar Associations, to clients seeking trustworthy, highly competent attorneys in their fields of specialization. Not only are we caring and effective, but we also pride ourselves on responding to client inquiries within 24 hours. You can contact us by phone, email, or by filling out a contact form on our website.

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