Slip and Fall Accident
If you have suffered a slip and fall on someone else’s property, you should know that you may have a right to pursue damages from the person or entity on whose property you were injured. At the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert, our Queens slip and fall lawyer assists people who have suffered fractures, lacerations, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or other serious harm as a result of a negligent property owner in New York City or on Long Island. Marc S. Albert has recovered millions of dollars for clients in slip and fall cases, including a recent $1.4 million verdict following an accident at the Met Life Building and a recent $816,000 settlement for a victim of a fall at the Empire State Building.
Recovering compensation after an accident requires that the plaintiff (the injured person) prove that the defendant was negligent. A property owner is not automatically liable for injuries that occur on their property. The burden of proof is on the injured person to prove that the defendant breached a duty of care that was owed under the circumstances of the accident and that, as a direct result, the plaintiff was hurt.Key Issues in Slip and Fall Cases
Negligence can occur in the form of an action or a failure to act. The central issue is whether the landowner or business operator acted in a reasonably prudent manner under the circumstances. Premises liability cases can be very fact-specific. Timing is often critical in determining whether the defendant used the proper care. The nature of the dangerous condition is also important. For a property owner to be held liable, a slip and fall attorney in Queens must show that the potentially hazardous situation was created by the defendant (or its employee), or that it existed long enough that the defendant should have known that there was a hazard. If this type of notice exists, the defendant has an obligation to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of an accident. This might involve fixing the condition or marking the area in a way that indicates the danger.
Since the plaintiff has the burden of proof in a slip and fall case, it is important to take a proactive, aggressive approach to the litigation process. A wait-and-see approach can be very costly to an injured person who hopes to recover fair compensation following a slip and fall (or any other type of accident). Businesses, landowners, and insurance companies may not feel inclined to do the right thing without the pressure of a promptly filed legal claim, ample evidence of both the circumstances of the accident and the harm that befell the plaintiff, and a demonstrated willingness to take the case to trial if necessary.Speak to a Queens Slip and Fall Attorney About the Details of Your Case
Hazards such as cracked and uneven sidewalks, obstructions on the floors of shops and restaurants, and poorly lit stairs and hallways can cause people who are on the premises of another person’s home or a business to be at great risk. Experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney Marc S. Albert serves people across Long Island and in New York City from offices in Astoria and Syosett. To schedule a free appointment to discuss your case, call us today at 855-252-3788 or contact us online. It is important for people who have been injured in an avoidable accident to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. This ensures that deadlines such as the statute of limitations are met and also ensures that important evidence (such as photographs or video surveillance footage of the accident scene) can be obtained before it disappears forever. As a slip and fall attorney serving people in Queens and the surrounding areas, Marc S. Albert is ready to guide you through each step of the process. He works on a contingency fee basis, so you do not need to pay anything up front to get started on your case.