Common Slip And Fall Accidents
Given New York City’s vast size, there’s no shortage of locations for slip and fall accidents to occur, and many factors that can cause a slip and fall. Some common examples include:
Don’t see the location or cause of your slip and fall accident above? The personal injury lawyers at Banville Law have handled many cases that did not fit easily into any of those categories. We can still help you; call our slip and fall attorneys today to review your case.
Common Slip And Fall Injuries
In decades of distinguished legal experience, the slip and fall lawyers at Banville Law have seen many accidents result in injury, both minor and serious. Some of the most common injuries caused by slip and fall accidents include:
Each case is unique, and there’s no way to predict what type of injury may occur. While some injuries are visible immediately, others become apparent only over time. Failing to acknowledge the severity of a slip and fall injury may lead to long-term medical issues. Many slip and fall accident victims in New York have only learned too late that their injuries could have justified a slip and fall personal injury claim.
How Do I Recover Damages In A Fall Down Case?
In preparing your New York slip and fall case, our personal injury lawyers will consider many factors to determine whether you are eligible to recover financial compensation from a negligent property owner, business, or governmental agency.
Our attorneys will work closely with your doctors and medical professionals to determine the exact extent of your injuries and pursue the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. With a team of professional accident investigators, we will return to the scene of your accident, evaluating all of the hazards that contributed to your slip and fall. Medical records, building permits, and police reports; we’ll gather the evidence with an eye to detail to prepare your case for trial, even if your case never sees the inside of a New York City court room.
What Compensation Can I Get In A Personal Injury Lawsuit?
If it can be shown that a property owner behaved with negligence, you will likely receive compensation for one or more of the following:
Most damages awarded in New York City personal injury lawsuits are considered “compensatory,” which means that they are meant to make up for what was lost in the accident or injury. This process, known as “indemnification” or “making whole,” is meant to restore stability to a life that has been deeply affected by a traumatic event. Compensatory damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and loss of earning potential
- Property loss
- Pain, suffering, & emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In extreme cases, in which the court deems a plaintiff’s actions particularly negligent, punitive damages may be awarded in addition to compensatory damages. Punitive damages are intended to punish a plaintiff for their carelessness.
Contact A Slip & Fall Lawyer
Hurt in a slip and fall accident? You may not have to pay for medical expenses and lost wages out of pocket. Instead, consider pursuing justice in a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact the experienced slip and fall attorneys at Banville Law today to schedule a free consultation. If we can help you, our lawyers will do everything in our power to build a successful case. And we always provide our legal services on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing unless we return a favorable verdict or settlement in your case. To review your legal options, call Banville Law.
Latest Slip And Fall Updates
By Laurence P. Banville
A slip and fall accident has the potential to cause serious and life altering injuries to the victim. Below you will find the latest news about slip and fall accidents and lawsuits.
May 16, 2017 – The City Of Santa Monica Settles Slip And Fall Case
In March of 2015, a woman was leaving a UCLA Optometry office when she tripped on a defective piece of sidewalk and fell. The woman fell on Wilshire Boulevard near 18th Street according to her complaint and she dislocated her shoulder, later requiring surgery. A civil complaint was filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court and the city argued that the plaintiff was partially at fault. The plaintiff’s lawyer was able to prove that the sidewalk was inspected in August 2014 and listed that there was a less than 1-inch height differential, but stated that he suspected that the inspection was probably conducted improperly. The victim’s complaint stated that the height difference was about 2 inches. The city approved a settlement of $48,000.
April 3, 2017 – Slip And Fall Lawsuit Settled For $10,000 By City
The Paterson, NJ city council has approved a settlement for $10,000 over a slip and fall lawsuit filed by a resident who fell outside of a business on Cianci Street. The resident fell on a walkway on May 18th, 2013 and named several parties in the complaint. The suit states that the resident suffered “severe, painful and permanent injuries.” The city of Paterson was to be responsible for 10% of the $147,000 award in the lawsuit, according to law director Domenick Stampone, which he noted the city is paying much less than 10%. The council had a special meeting in March in which they approved the settlement.
March 22, 2017 – Target Slip And Fall Plaintiff Awarded $2.1 Million
In December 2013 a woman slipped on a wet floor that had recently been mopped at a Target in Allegheny County, PA. According to court documents, the plaintiff claimed she fell on the “carelessly mopped” floor outside of the “cordoned-off area.” The woman suffered a torn hamstring as a result of the fall. The jury awarded the woman $2.1 million which was divided into $1.4 million for past noneconomic damages and $700, 000 in future noneconomic damages.
April 26, 2016- Woman Suffers Permanent Head Injuries In A Lowe’s Slip And Fall Accident
A woman who suffered permanent head injuries following a slip and fall accident in a Las Vegas Lowe’s has been awarded over $16.4 million for her pain and suffering. Jurors came to the conclusion that Lowe’s negligence led to the woman’s slip and fall in water in the garden department she was in. The woman alleges that she did not see any caution signs that would alert her to any impending danger. She hit her head on the concrete, causing her to lose her senses of taste and smell as well as other injuries.
March 29, 2016- Escalator Slip At Leaky Hudson Yards Station Leads To Lawsuit
A woman is suing the MTA for an escalator slip she recently experienced at the new Hudson Yards subway station. The woman’s mother slipped due to leaking water and both of them ended up falling down the escalator. Because of this fall, the woman suffered ligament damage and needed to be on crutches for a few weeks.
February 26, 2016- Wal-Mart Blamed For Customer Slip And Fall Injuries
A woman from Stewartstown alleges her slip and fall while getting a shopping cart in Wal-Mart, was because of the store’s negligence. The woman, Kathleen Ann Collie, filed her lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Wal-Mart Stores East LP, on February 10. According to Collie her slip and fall and the injuries she ended up suffering were because of Wal-Mart failing to ensure that customers are in a safe environment.
January 28, 2016- Letter Carrier Awarded $300,000 in South Shore Slip And Fall Settlement
In Staten Island, NY a letter carrier has been awarded $300,000 following a lawsuit against homeowners in Huguenot. The letter carrier suffered a broken leg and foot after he slipped and fell on a wooden path outside the Huguenot home. The accident took place three years ago. The mail man’s injuries stopped him from going back to work leading the U.S. Postal Service to retire him on disability.
December 30, 2015- Woman Seeks Over $50,000 For Compensatory Damages In YMCA Trip & Fall
A woman was injured when she tripped and fell at the Abington YMCA facility. The woman alleges that a step was missing a gripper which led her to fall when she was leaving the women’s locker room. She alleges that the defendant was negligent in not ensuring proper safety of the facility and has sued YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity, Abington YMCA and Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA. The woman seeks damages of over $50,000, as well as costs, interest, delay damages, attorney’s fees and other relief.
December 23, 2015- West Virginia Woman Files Slip & Fall Suit Against Walmart
A woman in West Virginia filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart claiming that the store was negligent by allowing a foreign substance to remain on the floor leading to her fall. The woman alleges that the fall caused her physical pain and suffering. She is seeking real and compensatory damages, damages for annoyance, inconvenience and aggravation, as well as attorney fees and costs.