According to the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, slips, trips, and falls are the second leading cause of death behind motor vehicles. While some trips and falls can be harmless, in many cases severe injuries can result from particularly nasty spills.
Our diverse team at The Harrison Law Group, P.C. takes these accidents very seriously, and is here to support you if you're experiencing pain or suffering from a slip and fall accident. We take a multifaceted approach in building your case if you've been injured in a slip or fall accident.
During our slip and fall investigations we will:
Slips, trips, and falls are responsible for the majority of industrial accidents, and cause 15% of all industrial-related deaths, second only to deaths caused from motor vehicles.
United States Department of Labor – Occupational Safety &Health Administration (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/walkingworkingsurfaces/).
Slips and falls are a leading cause of death and injury in the United States. They frequently occur in homes (especially in showers), in commercial establishments, on parking lots, and on sidewalks. Stairs and stairwells are also a frequent place of slips and falls. When a person slips or falls and is injured on the property of a homeowner, the homeowner may be liable for the injuries that are suffered.
A slip or fall leading to serious injury or death requires investigation as soon as possible before conditions change. In some cases, a slip or fall may have happened due to snow or ice conditions, wet surfaces in buildings, or conditions that could otherwise make flooring slippery (such as too much wax). While it may not be possible to fully investigate all situations before conditions change, prompt investigation – including interviewing witnesses – should be undertaken. When slips and falls involve locations such as stairs, we will want to inspect railings to determine if they complied with code, and if they were structurally safe.
As a Long Island personal injury firm, in addition to investigating the accident scene and interviewing witnesses, we will want to know whether past incidences of slips and falls have taken place at the accident scene, and if so, whether any remedial actions were taken. If a past history of injury has taken place and no remedial action was taken, this fact can be helpful in proving negligence.
If you or a loved one have been severely injured in a slip or fall, it’s critical to understand the full extent of your injuries. Slips and falls often lead to broken hips and back and head injuries, which can sustain a majority of the force in the slip or fall. Broken arms and other arm injuries are also common, as a natural reflex is to use arms to try to break the impact of a fall. In slip and fall cases involving the elderly, injuries such as broken hips can trigger a chain reaction of declining health, as many elderly are not able to fully recover from these types of injuries.
Many slips and falls result in what are called “soft tissue” injuries, which are injuries to muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Common soft tissue injuries in slips and falls can include back and neck injuries, sprains, hyperextension of knees and other joints. Soft tissue injuries can not only be painful at the time of the injury, but can result in long-term pain and debilitation to the injured person, making it painful and difficult to engage in simple life activities.
In order to make your case for full compensation, we will want to speak with doctors to understand the injuries you have suffered, the likely prognosis of your injuries, and any course of therapy, surgery, or other medical treatment that may be required. Concurrently, we may also retain accident re-constructionists or slip and fall experts to make your case against all those who we believe to be legally liable.
Don’t accept the insurance company’s offer without consulting an experienced Long Island personal injury law firm. The insurance company for the owner of the property where you were injured may offer you a settlement soon after your accident (and likely well before you have fully recovered). They may also tell you that you don’t need an attorney, and by not having an attorney you can keep all of the money yourself. Why might they be so eager to pay you compensation?
They know from experience that many times the injuries sustained will be far worse than originally thought. They know that most people will be interested in trying to quickly recover from injury, and may be over-optimistic in believing that their injury is not severe and will not result in long-term consequences.
When you accept a settlement from an insurance company, you will be asked to waive any and all future claims that you may have against those whom they represent. If you think your injury is minor and you accept a settlement and you later require multiple surgeries and are permanently impaired, you will not be able to seek additional damages.
If your medical costs were paid by Medicaid, Medicare, or other insurance, you will likely be required to reimburse such payor for an amount up to the total medical expenses paid. The insurance companies for the defendants generally will not tell you about this obligation when they are trying to get you to settle your claim, so if you accept their settlement offer, you may be entitled to keep much less than you expected.
As with all personal injury claims, you must initiate litigation prior to the expiration of the applicable statutes of limitations or you will be barred from any legal recovery.
Insurance companies know that without an attorney, most people will be reluctant to sue. To an insurance company, this means that they will likely be able to get away with paying much less than what is really owed by their client (the defendant).
As experienced injury lawyers, we hold defendants accountable for the full measure of damages and injuries that our clients have sustained. When insurance companies and defendants won’t pay what they owe, we take them to trial and let a jury decide who is right.
We represent clients in slip and fall cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that there is no fee to us unless and until we recover for you. Our Long Island personal injury firm is here to help you succeed.
By investigating your slip and fall we are able to determine if anyone is liable for the damages you received. Unfortunately, these damages are often paid out by insurance companies, who will always attempt to settle for less than the full amount you would be entitled to. They're hoping that you don't use a skilled personal injury attorney because they want to settle the case before long-term damages can be assessed. Our team is dedicated to making sure that you aren't being taken advantage of by these companies, and that any long-term injuries you suffer due to the slip and fall will have their medical bills covered.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a slip and fall accident call us today at 1-800-Injury-Law and receive a free, obligation-free consultation today!