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How Much Is My Slip and Fall Settlement Worth?

Slip and fall accidents happen all too frequently, and they are some of the more dangerous accidents out there. If a commercial property owner or manager’s negligence causes you to slip, fall, and be injured, the physical, financial, and emotional losses you suffer can be immense, but an experienced New York slip and fall Accident Attorney is standing by to help.

How Slip and Fall Accidents Tend to Happen

A leading cause of slip and fall accidents is wet, slippery floors, and the transfer of damp debris from outside to indoors is one of the most common causes of wet, slippery floors – according to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). But this is far from the only cause. Consider all the following:

  • Uneven entrances
  • Poorly maintained floors
  • Floors made of overly slippery material, such as highly polished marble
  • Spills that aren’t addressed in a timely manner – those yellow, tent-shaped warning signs are intended to be a first line of defense
  • Cords that pose tripping hazards
  • Walkways that are crowded with stuff
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Cracked, bunched, torn, or otherwise badly worn flooring

The Elements of Your Successful Slip and Fall Accident Claim

To bring a successful slip and fall accident claim that covers your full range of losses, you must first prove that the property owner or manager owed you a duty of care, which means they had a specific responsibility to your safety. When you are on the premises of commercial property legally, you are a guest, customer, client, or some other kind of invitee, which means you are owed a duty of care.

From here, you’ll need to show that the property owner failed to live up to that responsibility. This is established by demonstrating that they failed to take the precautions that other reasonable property owners generally take under similar circumstances – or took some action that other reasonable property owners generally wouldn’t take under similar circumstances.

Finally, you’ll need to prove that the property owner’s breached duty of care was the direct cause of your slip and fall accident and that you suffered legal damages as a result.

Legal damages refer to losses that the law addresses, and they include:

  • Your medical expenses, which include immediate and ongoing costs
  • Your lost income, which may include losses in relation to your career’s trajectory
  • Your physical and psychological pain and suffering

Common Injuries

Some of the serious injuries that are most common to slip and fall accidents include all the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash
  • Internal injuries – especially falls from heights

Look to an Experienced New York Slip and Fall Accident Attorney for the Help You Need

The accomplished New York slip and fall accident attorneys at Steve Foley Law Firm dedicate their practice to skillfully guiding each claim toward its most beneficial conclusion, and we welcome the opportunity to also help you. Learn more by contacting us online or calling 716-249-2222 today.