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Meet Martin+Colin, P.C.: Your slip and fall accident experts.

Meet Martin+Colin P.C., New York’s Slip And Fall Accident Experts

 

When a slip, trip, or fall results in injury, a small misstep can upend your entire life. Whether at work, in a business, or on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your accident. Hiring an experienced slip and fall accident lawyer helps you get the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

Martin+Colin P.C. is New York’s premier slip and fall law firm. Located in White Plains, NY, and serving all of New York State, our personal injury attorneys are here to help people recovering from slip and fall accidents. We work to recover your medical bills and lost wages resulting from poor safety protocols at work, insufficient lighting in businesses, property owner negligence, and so on. No matter what the circumstance, Martin+Colin P.C. is here to help.

What To Do After a Slip and Fall Accident

If you’ve experienced a slip and fall accident, it’s critical to take steps to protect your well-being and potential legal issues. Follow these steps:

 

  1. Get medical help. Seek immediate medical attention, even if your injuries seem minor. Some injuries may manifest later, and a medical report will be valuable in documenting the extent of your injuries.
  2. Gather evidence from the scene. This includes photographs or videos of the location and your injuries, as well as testimonials of anyone who saw the fall. Be sure to collect witnesses’ contact information, as their statements may be valuable to your case. 
  3. Report the incident to the property owner or manager. Make sure that a detailed account is documented.
  4. Maintain medical records and physical evidence. Preserve any evidence related to the accident, such as the shoes or clothing you wore during the incident. Make sure to document your doctor visits, prescriptions, therapy sessions, and insurance company correspondence.

Consult with a slip and fall attorney. An attorney whose practice areas include “slip and fall” will be able to help you through the process, advise on the strength of your case, and pursue every avenue of compensation. To speak to a slip and fall attorney at Martin+Colin, please call (914) 771 7711. We offer free consultations.

For Older Adults

 

Did you know that people ages 55 and over are especially vulnerable to slip and fall injuries? Not only are falls more likely the older we get, but we may also be more vulnerable for complications from injury or surgery. Business and property owners have a responsibility to keep you safe—and you have a right to seek compensation if they fail to do so.

 

 

If you have suffered a slip and fall injury, we encourage you to see a doctor, and speak with one of our New York slip and fall accident lawyers as soon as you can. Making sure you have an appropriate level of medical care—and legal protection—is critical to getting the full value from your injury claim.

Call (914) 771-7711 for your free consultation.

Making Your Case: Proving Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident

 

A big part of your slip and fall case is proving who is responsible for your slip and fall accident.

 

Was it the property management company that failed to salt an icy sidewalk?

 

The contractors or maintenance crews who did not warn pedestrians about an uneven walkway?

 

The property owner who failed to make sure their property was safe?

 

Depending on the case, any of these parties could be found liable in a slip and fall accident. However, legal thresholds for liability vary by jurisdiction, and your case may be dismissed completely if you are not careful to follow all legal protocols when showing who is responsible.

 

Identifying “Duty of Care”

Property owners have a “duty of care” over all parts of their property. This means that they must identify any potential tripping/slipping hazards, and take appropriate caution to prevent visitors from incurring injury. Duty of care extends to customers, friends, and even people who visit the premises after hours. When property owners fail to take an appropriate duty of care, injuries happen.

 

Given the tremendous complexity of premises liability law, we highly recommend working with an experienced attorney to make sure that all liable parties are held responsible.

 

Talk to a New York slip and fall attorney to learn more about the duty of care that may apply in your case: (914) 771 7711.

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Slip and Fall Accident Facts in 2024

  • About 22.6 per 10,000 full-time workers will suffer a debilitating slip and fall injury resulting in 14 days off work. The age group most at risk is 55 and over, and the industries most at risk are transportation, warehousing and agriculture (National Safety Council Injury Facts).
  • More than 1 in 5 of slip and fall accidents result in a month or more off work (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Slip and fall accidents cause more than 1 million hospital visits each year (National Floor Safety Institute).

85% of worker’s compensation claims are attributed to employees slipping on slick floors (Industrial Safety & Occupational Health Markets 5th edition).

Slip and Fall Frequently Asked Questions

 

What causes slip and fall accidents?

Common causes of slip and fall accidents include:

  • Slippery floors
  • Unmarked flooring levels
  • Poor or insufficient lighting
  • Uneven or poorly marked walkways
  • Floor clutter
  • Unrepaired and/or uneven flooring
  • Uneven or uncoded stair placement
  • Insufficient stair railings
  • Tripping hazards (electrical wiring, boxes, paper clutter, etc.)

 

Where do slip and fall accidents happen?

Slip and fall accidents can happen in stores and parking lots; on sidewalks and steps; getting on and off escalators and elevators; at home or at work. Hotels, public parks, gyms, movie theaters, airports: slip and fall accidents can happen practically anywhere. 

 

What are the most common slip and fall injuries?

While some slip and fall injuries can be mild, others can mean broken bones, head injuries or worse. Injuries from painful slips—on ice, on stairs, on uneven walkways—cause over one million hospital visits each year. Commonly treated slip and fall injuries include:

  • Foot and ankle sprains and fractures
  • Knee dislocation
  • Hip dislocation
  • Wrist fractures
  • Neck and back injuries, including whiplash
  • Broken bones, including arms and legs
  • Spinal cord injuries (including paraplegia and quadriplegia)
  • Neurological issues
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Electrocution burns
  • PTSD
  • Death

NOTE: This list is not meant to be exhaustive; numerous other medical conditions may develop, depending on the severity of the fall.

 

How do I know if I have a slip and fall case?

Your slip and fall case depends on where your accident occurred, and under what circumstances. If your accident occurred on someone else’s property and could have been avoided through a responsible party’s attention, you may have a viable slip and fall claim. There are many other variables to consider, so it is always important to talk to an experienced slip and fall lawyer about your case.

Martin+Colin, P.C. is dedicated to helping slip and fall victims as they recover from their injuries.  Our seasoned team is here to help get you the compensation you deserve.

Call us today for a free claim consultation: (914) 771 7711.

New York Slip and Fall Laws: An Overview

Slip and fall laws vary by state. The most important thing to know about New York slip and fall laws is that anyone injured in a slip and fall accident that occurred on someone else’s property must file a lawsuit within three (3) years. This applies to both body harm and property damage that occurred because of the fall.

 

In New York, you have just three (3) years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit. Talk to a New York slip and fall lawyer today to get the compensation you deserve: (914) 771 7711.

 

Comparative Negligence in New York Slip and Fall Cases

 

Your slip and fall case necessarily has a defendant, or a party you believe is responsible for your injuries. An experienced slip and fall accident attorney will anticipate the defendant’s argument that you are responsible—or at least bear some responsibility—for the accident. They may say that you should have been more cautious, that your footwear was to blame, or that you shouldn’t have been there in the first place. 

 

New York operates from a legal structure called comparative negligence, which means that your damages will be reduced by the percentage you are found at fault. If you are found 30% at fault and the damage award is $100,000, you will be awarded $70,000 (30% of 100,000). 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: having partial responsibility for your accident does not mean that you don’t have a case! 

You don’t have to prove that the defendant was entirely at fault to receive damages. 

 

If you have fallen and need a lawyer, be sure to find a slip and fall attorney who is experienced working with comparative negligence laws in New York. Call Martin+Colin P.C. to learn more about your options: (914) 771 7711.

 

How do I prove negligence in my slip and fall case?

 

Like any civil case, you will be required to show that your injuries were caused by the fall, and that the fall resulted from the defendant’s negligence. Your New York slip and fall lawyer will work to prove that 

 

  • The defendant owed you a “duty of care”: a legal duty to look out for your wellbeing
  • The defendant breached that their duty of care, either through negligence or malice;
  • Injury/ies occurred as a result of a preventable accident; and that
  • You suffered damages as a direct result of the defendants’ actions.

 

Importantly: you do not need to remember these details! The New York slip and fall accident lawyers at Martin+Colin P.C. are here to get the information they need to help resolve your case. From intake to settlement or trial verdict, we will stand with you every step of the way.

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Statute of Limitations in New York Slip and Fall Cases

 

Statute of limitations laws, which vary by state, determine how long you have to file a case against a defendant. Three years might seem like lots of time, but it’s important not to wait to file your claim. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to prove that the accident caused your injury—and key evidence may be harder to find. If you fail to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations, New York courts will likely dismiss your claim. 

 

How long do I have to file my New York slip and fall case?

Per New York State Senate Legislation, you have three (3) years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the defendants.

 

Attorney tip: File your New York slip and fall claim as soon after the accident as you can. Don’t wait! Filing soon means being able to show liability more easily—and it gives you more negotiating power if you have the option to go to court.

 

 

Recoverable Damages in New York Slip and Fall Cases

In legal terms, “damages” means any monetary compensation you may be entitled to. New York slip and fall plaintiffs may be able to recover compensation for: 

 

  • Out-of-pocket costs related to your injury or aftercare
  • Fixing or replacing damaged property
  • Past and future medical costs
  • Lost wages and/or loss of future income
  • Litigation costs (lawyers’ fees)
  • Transportation costs
  • Home caregiver/personal assistant costs
  • Funeral and burial costs (in cases involving a wrongful death)

 

Depending on the severity of your slip and fall injury, you may also be entitled to “noneconomic costs”, or changes to your living situation as a result of your accident. While these do not have a receipt attached, a competent slip and fall lawyer may be able to make a successful case for your compensation for any of the below:

 

  • Pain and suffering/mental anguish
  • Mental health disorders presenting after the accident (anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.)
  • Diminished quality of life/enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium (loss of close, intimate relationships)
  • Reputational damage
  • Shortened life expectancy
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Increased risk of future harm

 

Importantly, every slip and fall case is a little different, so it is important to find an experienced slip and fall attorney who has dealt with a variety of circumstances, and who can make a strong case on your behalf. The skill level of your attorney can make a tremendous difference in the settlement you receive.

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