Slip And Fall Lawyers
A slip-and-fall accident can leave you in serious pain and unable to support yourself and your family during your recovery. Medical bills can add up, managing your injuries can be a full-time job, and lost wages can leave you without resources to get by. At times like these, you need an experienced attorney who can pursue the recovery you need.
If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, Harford P.C., can help. Our experienced legal team understands what you’re going through, and we’re dedicated to your recovery. Every case is personally handled by Scott A. Harford, and he uses his years of experience to fight for every client, every step of the way. Mr. Harford understands what your injuries mean to you, and he’ll fight for you throughout the process. With years of experience and a deep dedication to our clients, Harford P.C., is here to help you.
We’ll never send you a bill that must be paid out of your own pocket. We operate on a contingency basis, meaning that we only collect expenses and fees when we recover compensation for you. If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, contact us today. Call us or contact us online now for a free consultation.
How We Can Help with Your Slip-and-Fall Claim
After a slip-and-fall accident, you may be left with severe injuries and many questions about your future. When you’ve been injured, it’s critical to get the legal support that you need to move your claim forward. We can help in many ways, including investigating, negotiating, and, if needed, litigating your case.
After an injury, focus on your health and your recovery. Leave the legal work to us.
- A slip-and-fall claim will require a detailed investigation to document and support your claim. We will listen to you, gather information about your accident, collect your medical records, and work with witnesses, experts, and others to understand what happened and who was at fault. The investigation is a critical part of any slip-and-fall claim, so it’s important to have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney in your corner throughout the process.
- As part of the investigation, we can also handle the difficult task of fully assessing your injuries and documenting how they have impacted your life. In a slip-and-fall claim, you’ll need to show not only how much your injuries cost you in medical bills, but also how those injuries have affected your life. Perhaps you’ve lost work and future opportunities, or you may be living with lingering pain that is disrupting your life. If you’ve been injured, we know how to evaluate your injuries and build a strong claim for your recovery.
- We can handle any negotiations with insurance companies, those at fault for your injuries, and any third-parties who may be involved. Negotiations can be complex, and insurers and others know every trick in the book to diminish your recovery, but we know how to fight for you, and we’ll work to get you the maximum amount possible.
- We’re able to settle many claims through negotiations, but in a few cases, your claim may need to go to court. It may be that those responsible for your injuries think they shouldn’t be held liable, or they want to pay far less than what you deserve. In those cases, we’re ready to fight for you in court. We can handle all the legal arguments and paperwork, and we’ll advocate for you in any court proceedings. If your case needs to go to court, make sure that you have an experienced and dedicated lawyer who can help you throughout the process.
A slip-and-fall claim can be an exhausting and time-consuming process. At Harford P.C., we understand what you’re going through, and we’re here to take the burden off your shoulders. From investigation to litigation, we can handle every aspect of your claim. If you’ve been injured, get the help you need.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
In most cases, proper care and maintenance could have prevented slip-and-fall accidents. Adequate lighting, correct maintenance, and keeping surfaces up to code can all prevent accidents from happening in the first place.
Some of the most common causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Inadequate lighting. Proper lighting is essential to guests’ safety, and businesses and others who operate facilities are required to have the lighting they need. Lighting helps individuals see where they’re going, what they’re doing, and what dangers lie ahead. If a facility lacks lighting, inside or out, it’s easy for people to trip, slip, and fall.
- Slippery or unsuitable surfaces. When you’re invited onto a property such as a business, a workplace, or any other premises, you expect walking to be safe. Part of that safety involves the correct flooring. Stairs and accessibility ramps should use appropriate non-slip surfaces, linoleum floors should be maintained, and those responsible for the premises should clean spills quickly. When the surfaces you walk on are unsafe, it’s easy to fall and get hurt.
- Lack of maintenance. Businesses and individuals need to keep their premises safe for guests. Part of that involves the cleaning and repair of floors as needed. Uneven surfaces, slick surfaces, and many other problems should be caught by regular maintenance. When they aren’t, you may be the one who ends up hurt.
- Mechanical problems. Many facilities rely on escalators and elevators to get guests where they need to go. Unfortunately, these devices and other equipment can also lead to injury. If the machines are not maintained or repaired as needed, they can stop or accelerate suddenly, leading to serious injuries to guests.
- Lack of Handrails. Commercial establishments are guided by municipal codes that may require them to install handrails on either side of a staircase. Depending on the width of the staircase, a median handrail may also be required. When a property owner fails to comply with the applicable code, it can result in injuries easily preventable.
These and many other sources can cause you injury. If you were harmed in a slip-and-fall accident, speak with us today about your injuries. We can help you understand what happened and what your options for recovery may be.
Compensation for Slip-and-Fall Injuries
A slip-and-fall accident can lead to serious problems. Injuries, damaged property, lost wages, and many consequences may occur.
If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills and expenses related to treatment. Medical care is never cheap, and a serious injury can create major bills for you and your family. You may be facing emergency surgery and care after an injury, and you may be facing a future of follow-up visits, therapy, and medical care. An accident claim may include the cost of treating your injuries following your accident and the cost of future treatments. When you’re injured in a slip-and-fall accident, a claim can help you find the compensation for the medical treatment you need.
- Lost work and lost wages. After a slip-and-fall accident, you may be out of work for days, weeks, or you may be out of work for much longer. An accident claim may include compensation for the time you miss from work, and the opportunities your injuries cost you. When you’re recovering from an accident, a claim can help you find the resources and lost wages you need to move forward.
- Pain and suffering. Slip-and-fall accidents can result in serious physical harm and pain. This pain may follow you around for years, disrupting your life and preventing you from engaging in the activities that you love. A slip-and-fall accident may also result in severe mental anguish that manifests in the form of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and many other serious problems. A claim may include compensation for the physical and mental pain that you suffer as a result of your accident.
- Property damage, including clothing and other personal property. A slip-and-fall accident can harm more than just your health. It can damage or destroy your personal property. Clothing, jewelry, electronics, and anything else on your person that was damaged or destroyed in the accident may be recoverable. Your claim can seek compensation for the property that you lost due to someone else’s negligence.
These and many other types of compensation may be available in your case. If you have questions about your accident, we offer a free consultation, and we can discuss your options for recovery.
What Do You Have to Prove in a Slip-and-Fall Case?
When you’re pursuing a slip-and-fall case, you’ll need to support your case with an in-depth investigation, but you’ll also need to meet strict legal requirements. You’ll need to prove that:
- There was a dangerous or defective condition present on the property. Sometimes this is straightforward, but other times this can be challenging to prove. Examples of dangerous conditions may include puddles of water or other liquids left on a flood, unsecured cables that pose tripping hazards, obstacles such as tools or merchandise, and many others. Defendants may argue that the condition didn’t present a significant danger, so you’ll need to back up your claim with detailed proof.
- The defendant knew or should have known about the condition. Businesses, organizations, and others must keep their premises safe for visitors. This means that they must perform regular inspections and maintenance to identify risks. They also must take actions when they’re notified of a danger on their property. As part of your claim, you’ll need to show that the defendant knew about the danger to you, or that as part of their regular duties, they should have known about it.
- There is a link between your injuries and the accident. Medical records, photographs, and many other types of evidence may be used to show the connection. As part of your claim, you’ll need to demonstrate that your injuries resulted from the accident. An attorney can advise on what you need and help you do this.
After a slip-and-fall accident, you’ll need to show these and other elements to prove your case. An attorney can review the facts of your situation, advise you on the law, and guide you toward the recovery that you deserve.
How Long Do You Have to File a Slip-and-Fall Claim in New York?
Every legal action is subject to something known as a “statute of limitations.” This is a rule that limits the amount of time that you have to bring a claim. Courts are very strict about enforcing these rules, so it’s very important to file your case before the time limit is up. Only very narrow exceptions apply in rare situations.
In New York, slip-and-fall accident victims have three years from the time of the accident to bring a case for any personal injury or property damage. If you’ve been injured, don’t wait to start your claim. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to find the evidence you need and the more difficult it may be to recover. Although three years sounds like plenty of time to start a case, it’s better to get your claim started soon after an accident.
If you’ve been injured, don’t wait to begin your claim. At Harford P.C., we’re available to help you immediately after an accident, and we can begin the work of building your claim right away.
Experienced and Dedicated Representation for You
Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to serious injuries that can turn your life upside down and leave you wondering what comes next. At Harford P.C., we understand what you’re going through, and we’re dedicated to helping you find the recovery that you deserve. We have years of experience representing personal injury victims, and in every case, we’re dedicated to finding the justice and compensation that you deserve.
At Harford P.C., we pride ourselves on helping victims find the compensation they need. We’ll never send a bill for out of pocket expenses, and we’ll only collect our expenses and fees if we secure compensation for you. If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, contact us for a free consultation. Call us or contact us online today.