Why Do Slip & Fall Accidents Occur?
Slip and fall accidents occur for a wide range of reasons. While it does occasionally happen, most people do not simply trip over their own two feet. Instead, a safety hazard is often the catalyst for the accident.
Some of the leading causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors
- Uncleaned spills
- Damaged or tattered rugs/carpets
- Loose or broken floor boards
- Lack of handrail access
- Loose cords strung across hallways
- Debris or other objects in walkways
- Poor lighting, especially in stairwells
When Are Property Owners Liable for a Slip & Fall?
In New York, businesses and property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises in reasonably safe condition for their guests. If an accident occurs because of their failure to do so, they can be held liable for the resulting injuries. To be clear, property owners are not automatically liable for a slip, trip, or fall that occurs on their premises.
To hold a defendant liable for a slip and fall in New York, you must prove that:
- Your slip and fall accident occurred because of a safety hazard
- The defendant knew or should have known about that safety hazard
- The accident was reasonably foreseeable
- The defendant could have taken action to reduce the risk but did not do so
Successful slip and fall accident claims are always based on strong supporting evidence. Every slip and fall accident requires a comprehensive investigation by an experienced personal injury attorney. Protect your rights by calling an attorney as soon as possible after suffering a serious injury in a slip and fall accident.
Compensation for Slip & Fall Accident Victims
Beyond proving liability, injured victims must also establish the extent of their damages. In New York, personal injury damages are largely compensatory in nature, meaning they are tied to actual losses suffered by the plaintiff. The insurance company will try to settle your claim for the lowest amount possible. Do not accept less than you deserve.
At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo premises liability attorneys fight tirelessly to help slip and fall accident victims maximize their financial recovery.
You may be eligible to recover compensation for:
- Emergency room care
- Medical bills and expenses
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent scarring
- Long-term disability
- Wrongful death damages
To schedule a free case review of your slip and fall accident, please contact our law office today.
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Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries in the United States. According to statistics provided by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), approximately one million Americans are hurt in slip and falls every year. Unfortunately, many of these slips, trips, and falls could have been prevented with proper care.
At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo slip and fall accident attorneys fight aggressively to protect the rights and interests of injured slip and fall victims throughout Western New York. We will stand up against negligent property owners and insurance companies and help you work to recover full and fair compensation.
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At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo slip and fall lawyers fight tirelessly to help injured victims recover the maximum available financial compensation. If you or your loved one was injured in a fall accident, reach out to us today for a free, no obligation consultation. With an office in Buffalo, we handle slip and fall accident claims throughout Western New York, including in Erie County, Niagara County, and Wyoming County.
Contact us online or give us a call at (716) 300-5885 to get started.
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