Polsky Shouldice & Rosen, P.C.
As a slip and fall lawyer Queens NY residents rely on from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C. can explain, we believe that when people or entities fail to adhere to a basic duty of care, and an accident happens, they should be held accountable. When you enter business premises or a private residence, you might expect the owner (or management) to maintain the premises so that the possibility of having an accident, such as a slip and fall, is limited.
If you are the victim of a slip and fall accident, our law firm is ready to listen to what you have to say during a complimentary consultation. When negligence is a factor, we will explain your legal options and rights so you can make an educated decision about what to do next. To speak with a member of our team, please call our firm or email us using the form on this site.
The Responsibility of Maintaining Premises
Slip and falls are one of the most common types of personal injuries. Most of these accidents were entirely preventable but happened because of a lack of duty of care, known as negligence, on part of the property owner or management. Examples of negligence include:
- Failing to maintain the premises; for instance, not repairing uneven surfaces.
- Failing to notify visitors of potential hazards; for instance not posting a sign warning people of a wet floor.
- The property owner was aware of a hazardous or unsafe condition but failed to take necessary actions against preventing an accident.
What To Do After a Slip and Fall
As a Queens, NY slip and fall lawyer, we have handled many cases in which the conditions which led up to the accident were temporary, or that involved the owner making a poor attempt in covering up the scene of the accident to avoid legal repercussions. Following a slip and fall, it is recommended you
- Photograph the scene to protect you from tampered evidence or expedited repairs.
- Get medical treatment, and make sure to report all of your pain.
- Obtain the contact details of any witnesses who were present.
- Report the accident to the premises owner. You should avoid going into detail, but rather let them know you were injured.
- Talk with a slip and fall lawyer before answering questions or giving statements to any party.
Statistics on Slip and Fall Injuries
Millions of Americans visit the emergency room each year for slip and fall injuries. These accidents are the second primary cause of accidental death in the United States. Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone regardless of age, however, older adults are more vulnerable to being seriously injured. Recovering from these common types of injuries often requires medical treatment, surgery, and rehabilitation:
Taking a tumble to a hard ground surface applies excessive pressure on the human bones, making them at risk for breaking. The hip, ankles, and wrists are some of the more prevalent kinds of bone breaks for slip and falls. Those of older age are more likely to sustain a bone breakage from falling to the ground. But keep in mind that from the standpoint of legalities and seeking compensation, it doesn’t matter how old you are. You still have the right to pursue restitution if another person or entity was partially responsible for your fall.
Soft Tissue Damage
Soft tissue injuries are painful, and are most often visible externally in the form of cuts, wounds, and bruises. But, it is possible to have soft tissue damage that you cannot visibly see. For instance, you could have sprains or tears to your ligaments and tendons. Soft tissue injuries that go untreated can result in chronic issues, so visiting a doctor shortly after the slip and fall is strongly advised. Obtain copies of your medical documents to share with your lawyer.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Head and brain injuries can easily happen if during the fall the head made contact with an object or the floor. Head injuries such as minor concussions and bruises may only require rest to heal. But for other injuries like skull fractures, subarachnoid hemorrhages, and hematomas, emergency medical care is needed immediately. For those who fell and now have a tragic loss of quality of life are encouraged to speak with a lawyer about their right to pursue compensation from the responsible party.
Spine, Back, and Neck Injuries
The spinal cord is a vital component of our body system. It sends messages to and from organs so that our body is working at its most optimal level. So when a slip and fall happens and the spine, back, or neck get injured, it can have serious and lasting effects. For many people, they have to see a chiropractor or other medical health professional for many months or years afterwards to correct spinal misalignments that resulted from the slip and fall.
Compensation for a Slip and Fall
When you have a legal claim, you will almost certainly be able to recover monetary compensation for your medical treatment, lost wages, any out of pocket expenses, pain, and suffering. A lawyer might also seek other types of compensation including noneconomic damages and punitive damages.
An experienced slip and fall lawyer will have access to medical expert witnesses, accident reconstruction specialists, social workers, economists, and other professionals who may be able to assist us in building your case. As a result, we are able to seek maximum compensation.
To begin the process of a slip and fall claim or lawsuit, call a slip and fall lawyer in Queens, New Work from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C.
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