Slips and falls are some of the most common types of accidents—and they’re also some of the most serious. In fact, falls are responsible for thousands of serious injuries, including head injuries and traumatic brain injuries, every year. Unfortunately, many slip and fall accidents are the result of property owner’s negligence, meaning they could have—and should have—been avoided.
If you slipped, tripped, and/or fell on someone else’s property due to a dangerous property condition, you could have a personal injury case. At the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, we believe that you shouldn’t have to face the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. Our Long Island slip and fall attorney, Joseph J. Perrini, III, is here to advocate for you and your rights. We proudly serve clients in Long Island, Queens, and throughout New York City and the surrounding areas.
If you slipped, tripped, and/or fell on someone else’s property due to a dangerous property condition, you could have a case. At the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, we believe that you shouldn’t have to face the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. Our Long Island slip and fall attorney, Joseph J. Perrini, III, is here to advocate for you and your rights. We proudly serve clients in Queens and throughout New York City and the surrounding areas.
Are Property Owners Liable for Slip & Falls?
Under New York’s premises liability laws, property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure there are no dangerous conditions that could cause foreseeable injury. This means conducting routine maintenance and removing or repairing any hazardous conditions. If a hazardous condition cannot be removed or repaired promptly, the property owner must adequately warn visitors. When they fail to do these things, property owners can be held liable for accidents that result in injuries, including slips, trips, and falls.
The property owner may be liable for your damages if the following are true:
- You slipped, tripped, and/or fell on their property due to a dangerous condition
- The property owner knew about or should have known about the dangerous condition
- The property owner failed to adequately remove, repair, or warn of the dangerous condition
- You were lawfully on the property when the accident occurred
- Because of the accident, you suffered injuries and/or measurable damages
If you can prove each of these elements, you likely have a case. If, however, you were trespassing at the time of the accident or there was no way the property owner could have reasonably known about the dangerous condition, you may be unable to pursue a claim. The same is true if the property owner took adequate steps to remove, repair, or warn of the dangerous condition, or if you slipped and fell but did not suffer any injuries or damages.
What Types of Dangerous Conditions Lead to Slips & Falls?
Often, when people think of slip and fall accidents, they mistakenly believe that these incidents result from the victim’s own negligence. The fact is, most slip and falls occur not because the victim was clumsy or careless but because of unsafe property conditions that the property owner should have removed, repaired, or warned visitors about.
Some examples of dangerous conditions that commonly lead to slip, trip, and fall accidents include:
- Wet or recently mopped floors
- Spilled liquids or merchandise
- Patches of ice or snow
- Uneven flooring
- Unmarked stairs and steps
- Cluttered walkways
- Exposed wires or cords
- Poor lighting
- Defective sidewalks
- Missing handrails
These and other hazards can lead to devastating accidents, resulting in catastrophic injury. Serious falls are among the leading causes of spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, broken bones, and other life-altering injuries, as well as accidental wrongful death.
If you believe that your slip and fall accident was the result of a dangerous property condition, reach out to our Long Island slip and fall lawyer at the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III. We can help you understand your legal rights and options, including your potential right to compensation.
Common Injuries from Slip & Fall Accidents
- Head injuries
- Hip injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sprains & fractures
- Shoulder injuries
How Much Are Slip & Fall Cases Worth?
It is impossible to determine how much your case is worth without first reviewing the unique factors involved. These cases can be very complex, and the value of your claim could range from hundreds to millions of dollars.
Some of the many factors that affect the value of a given claim include:
- The severity of the injuries
- The extent of the damages
- The plaintiff’s degree of fault (if any)
- The defendant’s degree of liability
- The value of pain and suffering
- The estimated value of future losses
These and other factors will all play a significant role in the overall value of your claim. We encourage you to schedule a free initial case evaluation with a member of our team to learn more, including what you can expect from the legal process.
Reach Out to Our Firm Today
At the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, our Long Island slip and fall lawyer has nearly 30 years of experience, including past experience in insurance defense. Now, he uses this knowledge to build powerful and effective cases on behalf of injured individuals throughout New York City and the surrounding areas. His aggressive approach to litigation has helped him recover tens of millions of dollars in compensation for his clients—and he is ready to fight for you, too.