At the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum, we handle many different types of cases. But by far, slip and fall cases in New York City are among the most common ones.
These situations often arise due to the negligence of a property owner or manager who is responsible for keeping the premises safe. Slip and fall accidents can happen to absolutely anyone and often when you least expect it. Therefore, it’s a smart idea to know the basics about how these types of cases work and how much you can expect to receive if you are an injured plaintiff.
Common Types of Slip and Fall Cases in New York
Here in New York, there are countless potential hazards that exist in our everyday lives.
Here are some of the most common reasons why local residents slip, fall, and then come to us for legal help to pursue the at-fault party.
- Sidewalk potholes
- Icy entryways
- Broken handrails
- Wet mopped floors
- Uneven floor boards
- Spilled liquids in stores
How Much Are Slip and Fall Cases Worth?
It is not uncommon for injured plaintiffs in New York to receive at least $10,000 to $50,000 or more from their slip and fall accident cases, even if their injuries were minor. Large transportation providers, retail giants, and major corporations are often willing to pay significant settlements to maintain their good image. Meanwhile, private property owners can be held liable if they knew about a hazardous situation and did nothing to correct the situation that caused you to become hurt.
But of course, every slip and fall accident is different in NYC, so the actual amount that your case is worth depends on how much your medical bills cost, any lost wages, future monetary damage calculations, and an assessment of your pain and suffering.
Things to Know About NYC Slip and Fall Law
One of the most important things to know about slip and fall law in New York is that the statute of limitations is three years. This means that you only have three years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit against the owner of the property where your accident occurred.
There is also a comparative negligence law in New York, which means that the property owner can claim that you share some of the responsibility for your injuries, and therefore he/she should not have to pay the full amount (or any) of your claim. If a court of law finds that you were even partially to blame because you were distracted, reckless, or otherwise irresponsible, this can reduce the amount of your slip and fall settlement.
Legal Help with Your NYC Slip and Fall
The Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum can help you successfully pursue a slip and fall case in New York. Based on the evidence and using our legal expertise, we can build your premises liability case and maximize your recovery to help you pay your medical bills and make up for lost time from work and the general enjoyment of life.
If you or someone you care about has suffered a slip and fall because of someone else’s negligence, call us at 718-237-5586 or fill out our online form while you still have time.