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What You Need to Know About Slip and Fall in Parking Lot Accidents


Posted on August 31, 2021 by

Here in New York, we walk through parking lots every day to get to our apartments, schools, restaurants, and stores. These walks are usually uneventful, but in certain circumstances, simply being in a parking lot can result in severe accidents and devastating injuries.

From the legal experts at the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum here’s what you should know if you are involved in a slip and fall accident in a parking lot.

What Causes a Slip and Fall in Parking Lot?

Parking lots can be covered or uncovered, and it’s the uncovered ones that are often most dangerous because of their constant exposure to the weather. Outdoor parking lots can become covered in rain, ice, and snow to create hazardous conditions that are wet and slippery.

It is also possible to slip and fall in a parking lot due to poor lighting at night or because of damaged pavement, stairs, or handrails. Many people drive too fast through parking lots without considering the pedestrians around them. Depending on the circumstances, a parking lot owner, a driver, or another pedestrian could be liable for injuries you suffer in a parking lot.

Common Injuries from Parking Lot Accidents

Slip and fall accidents can be minor or severe, causing a wide range of injuries that take a long time to fully heal. It is common for people who fall in parking lots to have broken bones, especially fractures of the hips, knees, and wrists.

Many people also hit their heads when they fall in a parking lot, which can result in a concussion and brain damage. It is a common misconception that only elderly adults get seriously injured from falls, but people of any age or level of agility can experience irreversible damage due to the negligence of someone else in a parking lot.

Parking Lot Legal Obligations

Nearly every functional parking lot is owned by someone, so it’s important to find out who the parking lot owner is to determine whether that person failed to uphold the legal obligation to keep it safe and maintained. Parking lot owners are required to have their lots inspected on a periodic basis to ensure that there are no safety hazards. However, these inspections don’t happen every day, so it is very possible for new damage to appear before the owner is aware of it and has time to make a repair.

Proving Fault After a Slip and Fall

Oftentimes, the most challenging part of a slip and fall in parking lot case is proving fault and bringing the at-fault party to justice. That’s why New Yorkers trust Attorney Jeffrey Kestenbaum to make a strong case for why someone else caused the hazard that made you fall, knew about the condition and didn’t do anything, or should have known about it and fixed it in a timely way. Our office will conduct a thorough investigation to ensure that the defendant can’t wrongfully put the blame back onto you as well.

How to Pursue a Parking Lot Injury Case

If you have been injured in a New York parking lot, it is worth contacting an attorney to learn more about the legal viability of your claim and what your case is worth. We can help you successfully pursue your parking lot case and be by your side every step of the way. Contact us online or at 718-237-5586 to learn more.

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How to Get Compensation After a Crash with an Amazon Delivery Truck


Posted on August 31, 2021 by

The online retail giant, Amazon, has been steadily expanding its trucking fleet to get more packages to more people around the world. It’s very common to see Amazon vans and trucks driving around local neighborhoods to meet the increased demand of consumers shopping online. But with this increase in business also comes a heightened risk of Amazon truck accidents due to negligent drivers and unexpected hazards.

Here’s how the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum can help you with your Amazon truck accident case.

Background on Amazon Trucks

Amazon delivers packages in numerous ways to get packages to your doorstep in a very short amount of time. With one-day and two-day Prime shipping, Amazon’s logistics team has expanded delivery services to include Amazon-branded tractor trailer semi-trucks, sprinter vans, walk-in vans, and even personal vehicles. The company has also used third-party delivery service partners as well, such as FedEx, USPS, and DHL.

Causes of Amazon Truck Accidents

Amazon truck drivers may feel pressure to deliver a large number of packages on time, which may lead them to be in a hurry and not take all necessary safety precautions. The risks increase during especially busy delivery seasons, such as around Christmas.

Many Amazon truck drivers are new on the job, so their experience with navigating a truck or van on busy New York City streets is limited. Accidents caused by Amazon truck drivers may also be caused by distracted driving due to texting or checking maps. Weather conditions, reckless pedestrians, and damaged roads can also cause Amazon truck accidents.

Proving Fault in an Amazon Truck Accident

As with any automobile accident, you will need to prove that someone else caused the accident that resulted in your injuries to be successful with your case. Our office will investigate whether the driver was an Amazon employee or a third-party contractor, as this may affect how your case is best pursued. We will make sure that all liable parties are held responsible for the accident and explore all avenues of recovery, including comprehensive insurance, cargo insurance, and property damage.

The Role of Insurance for Amazon Trucks

Amazon truck drivers are required to have liability insurance coverage for all vehicles used for commercial purposes. The company provides commercial auto insurance policies for its trucks. However, things become more complicated when independent, non-employee delivery drivers work on a contract basis.

But don’t stress over the details because these are all things that an experienced Brooklyn auto accident attorney can figure out and walk you through. After the accident, the most important things to do are to take care of your health by seeking medical attention and document as much evidence as possible. In addition to calling the police to file an accident report and seeking medical care for your injuries, you’ll also want to collect information about the delivery truck, driver’s name, and insurance information. Photographs and contact details of witnesses will also be helpful to prove your case.

Get Help with Your Amazon Truck Accident Case

At the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum, we have pursued and been successful with Amazon truck accident cases and are here to help you through the process. Don’t be intimidated by big corporations, like Amazon, if one of their drivers caused you to be injured.  You can contact us day or night to tell us about your accident at 718-237-5586 and take the first step to recovering the maximum amount of compensation for a settlement.

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How Slip and Fall Settlements Work in NYC


Posted on June 1, 2021 by

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.

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What You Should Know About Walgreens Slip and Fall Settlements


Posted on June 1, 2021 by

There are approximately 564 Walgreens stores in the state of New York, which is great if you’re looking to fill a prescription or pick up convenience items right around the corner. However, accidents commonly happen in Walgreens stores because of the many potential hazards that put customers at risk of serious injuries.

If you have been hurt at your local pharmacy, here’s what you need to know about Walgreens slip and fall settlements.

How Accidents Happen in Walgreens

Although Walgreens stores are generally safe places, there are many things that can go wrong when you are browsing the aisles or picking up your medications. Since Walgreens stores sell beverages, lotions, and other liquids, spills commonly happen and cause people to slip and fall. Dry foods may spill out into the aisles, and various beauty products and housewares can tumble off the shelves and pose tripping hazards.

Slip and fall accidents often happen in and around the bathrooms in Walgreens after staff members have mopped the floors. It is also possible for customers to fall while walking on the sidewalks, in the parking lots, and in the entryways of Walgreens stores due to rainy, snowy, or icy weather.

Proving Liability in a Walgreens Slip and Fall Case

Walgreens store owners and managers have a duty to their customers to keep the store safe and free of hazards to prevent accidents. But to prove a case against Walgreens after a slip and fall, you must be able to prove that a third party breached this duty and that this negligence caused you to become injured.

Pursuing Walgreens Slip and Fall Settlements

It is important to act quickly if you have fallen in a Walgreens store to pursue the at-fault party for damages. This is because there is a statute of limitations for these types of personal injury cases that restricts the amount of time you have to file a claim. This amount of time is three years in New York.

The most important thing to do after you have fallen is to get medical attention for your injuries to take the best care of your health. But while you are still in the store, make sure to let a Walgreens employee know about your fall so that your accident is documented in the company’s records. If you are able, take photos of the accident scene and get contact information from any witnesses to help you prove your case later.

Preventing Slips and Falls in Walgreens

Many slip and fall accidents in Walgreens involve circumstances that are out of customers’ control. However, sometimes customers are at least partially responsible for their own accidents due to carelessness or recklessness.

You may be able to avoid painful injuries, costly medical bills, and legal trouble by simply paying more attention to your surroundings. Don’t text or scroll on your smartphone while walking through a Walgreens store or enter areas that are barricaded off due to cleaning or spills. Make sure your shoes are tied and that you aren’t distracted by the people around you. Not only will these pieces of advice keep you safe, but they will also help you avoid counter-claims of contributory negligence if a Walgreens manager believes that you caused your own injuries.

Where to Get Legal Help After a Fall in Walgreens

If you have had a slip and fall accident in a Walgreens in New York City, we can help. Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum and his legal team have extensive experience with these types of cases and know what it takes to win against a big corporation like Walgreens.

Don’t be intimidated by the power of the Walgreens brand and other major retail chains. If you slipped and fell because of the store’s negligence, we will bring the store to justice and help you pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Big companies like this set aside millions of dollars to pay for such settlements and maintain their good image. You may be entitled to some of these settlement reserves, so let us help you fight and win your case.

To learn more about pursuing a claim against Walgreens and for a free consultation, please contact us at 718-237-5586.

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Why You Need an Attorney after a Slip and Fall at Dunkin’ Donuts NYC


Posted on April 29, 2021 by

Dunkin’ Donuts is a favorite spot among many New Yorkers for a quick doughnut, muffin, or cup of coffee. However, you might get more than you bargained for if you have an accident while stopping into one of these chain restaurants.

If you have a slip and fall Dunkin’ Donuts accident in New York City, here’s how to handle the situation and when to call an attorney.

How Slip and Fall Dunkin’ Donuts Accidents Happen

As with any restaurant environment, a lot of things can go wrong inside a Dunkin’ Donuts to cause injuries among customers and employees. For example, a person might trip over spilled food, slip on liquid from a dropped beverage, or fall over a doormat that isn’t properly secured to the floor. It is also common for slips and falls to happen because of inadequate lighting either inside or outside the restaurant or because of rain or snow that causes environmental hazards around the entrances.

These types of accidents can cause injuries ranging from mild to severe, including concussions, broken bones, sprains, bruises, and cuts. Some injuries might be apparent right away, while others may take a while to appear and result in long-term and costly medical bills.

Proving Negligence After a Dunkin’ Donuts Slip and Fall

The Dunkin’ Donuts company and the individual franchise store have a responsibility to keep customers safe and to take action to remove hazards as quickly as possible. To prove a case against Dunkin’ Donuts after a fall in the restaurant, you must be able to show that Dunkin’ Donuts was aware of a hazardous situation, that the management did not fix the hazardous situation in a reasonable amount of time, and that your injuries were a direct result of this negligence.

The staff at a Dunkin’ Donuts cannot be expected to clear away a hazard within seconds after it occurs. But if the spill, obstruction, or other situation that caused your fall sat for quite a few minutes or longer without any staff attention, you may be more able to prove negligence in your case. If you contributed to your own injuries by being distracted, inebriated, or careless, this could reduce the amount of compensation that you are entitled to, however.

Pursuing a Claim Against Dunkin’ Donuts

Some people who have had slip and fall Dunkin’ Donuts accidents have won thousands of dollars in settlements by working with experienced personal injury lawyers to prove their cases. The exact amount of money that you may be entitled to in a settlement is dependent upon how severe your injuries were, the cost of your medical bills, how the restaurant responded to the safety hazard, and if you have been unable to work since being injured.

Yes, Dunkin’ Donuts is a huge, multi-billion-dollar company with thousands of locations around the world. But that doesn’t’ mean that you can’t take them on as an individual of limited means and connections in New York. No company is too big or too powerful to be sued when they were in the wrong and need to be brought to justice.

Get Help with your Dunkin’ Donuts Case

When you have an accident in Dunkin’ Donuts or other large chain establishment, you need an experienced slip-and-fall attorney on your side to navigate the complex process of pursuing a claim. The Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum has extensive experience with this type of work and is very capable of winning cases against Dunkin’ Donuts after a customer has been injured.

The statute of limitations after a slip and fall accident in New York is just three years, which means you shouldn’t delay scheduling your free legal consultation for a moment longer. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a Dunkin’ Donuts, call us at 718-237-5586 or contact us online.

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Why You Need an Attorney after a Slip and Fall McDonald’s Accident in NYC


Posted on March 26, 2021 by

Due to the popularity of the McDonald’s fast food chain, there are dozens of McDonald’s restaurants all across New York City. These places are common sites of slip and fall accidents, which can cause severe injuries that have long-term consequences for your health and finances.

Here’s what New Yorkers need to know about slip and fall McDonald’s accidents and when it’s time to call a local personal injury lawyer for help.

How Slip and Fall McDonald’s Accidents Happen

Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, but they are especially common in and around McDonald’s restaurants because they tend to be busy and crowded all throughout the day. Spills often happen inside a McDonald’s because customers are distracted while carrying food and beverages to their tables and because staff members are in a hurry to serve customers.

Leaks in the bathroom plumbing can make floors slippery, while rainy and snowy New York weather can create hazards if mats are not placed at the entrances and secured properly. If sidewalks are cracked or pavement is uneven in the parking lot, slip and fall McDonald’s accidents can happen here too.

Common Injuries from Accidents at McDonald’s

When clients come to our law office after an accident in a McDonald’s, they have often suffered bone fractures, back and neck injuries, and head trauma. Concussions, lumbar injuries, and cervical spine injuries are common after this type of incident that leaves a person in pain on a fast food restaurant floor.

If you have suffered from any of these common slip and fall injuries, or even if you think you feel fine when you get up, it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible in case your body is in shock from the fall or if you’ve aggravated an existing condition that isn’t noticeable right away. If you’re physically able, try to take a few photos of the accident scene for future evidence and report your accident to McDonald’s management. Ask people who saw your accident happen for their contact information in case you need witness statements later to prove your case.

Proving Fault in Your Claim Against McDonald’s

As with any personal injury case, it is necessary to prove fault and show that someone else was responsible for the accident that left you injured. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you might be able to sue the McDonald’s franchise owner, the McDonald’s corporation, or an individual staff member or customer onsite.

But to do so, you must have proof that the person or company had a duty to keep you safe at the McDonald’s, that they were aware of the condition that caused your accident, and that they breeched this duty by not responding or at least not responding inappropriately to correct it. The amount of time that the hazard was in place before your accident and your own potential carelessness are also factors that could affect proving fault in a situation like this.

Damages to Recover for Your Case

After falling in a NYC McDonald’s you may be stuck with mounting medical bills to treat your injuries and provide for long-term rehabilitation. These are often recoverable damages that you can pursue with an experienced attorney by your side.

Keep records of your emergency room visit, costs for x-rays and blood tests, follow-up care with your doctor, and physical therapy costs to submit for your case. You might also be able to recover damages for lost wages if you had to miss work because of your McDonald’s accident, as well as damages for pain and suffering if you experienced depression, PTSD, or other types of directly related mental anguish.

Why Call a Slip and Fall McDonald’s Accident Attorney

If you or someone you care about has slipped and fallen in a McDonald’s in New York City, call the Law Office of Jeffrey Kestenbaum right away. We have represented many people who have had accidents in McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants and been successful in bringing the at-fault parties to justice and securing compensation for our clients. For a free McDonald’s slip and fall consultation, contact us at 718-237-5586 or via online form.

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What to Do After a Slip and Fall at Home Depot


Posted on February 26, 2021 by

With more time being spent at home these days and also an increasing interest in budget-friendly DIY solutions, homeowners have been shopping at Home Depot a lot lately. This popular home improvement store is filled with everything you need to repair and renovate your house. But it can also pose certain risks and dangers because of how these stores are set up and the types of products being sold here.

If you have been injured in a Home Depot store, here’s what you need to know about pursuing a claim and how a local slip and fall accident attorney can help.

Causes of Slip and Fall Home Depot Accidents

Like other retail establishments, Home Depot stores have a responsibility to their customers to maintain a safe and clean environment for shopping. If a store does not uphold this responsibility, it can be held liable for a person’s injuries that occurred because of a fall.

One common reason for a slip and fall in Home Depot is a liquid spill from a leaking cleaning product or a wet floor from watering around the garden center. Construction materials left out in aisles can pose dangers to shoppers, as well as boxes that can be tripped over or stacked haphazardly. People have also been injured in Home Depot stores due to recently mopped floors without proper warning signage, paint spills, poor lighting, wet entryways after rain or show, and potholes in the parking lot.

Actions to Take after A Slip and Fall at Home Depot

While they might seem minor at first, slip and fall accidents in Home Depot stores can cause severe injuries that result in high medical bills and long-term damage to your health. From bruises to broken bones and injuries to the neck, back, and spinal cord, it’s important to seek medical treatment right away after an in-store incident. Not only is immediate treatment the best course of action to care for your health, but it also helps your case by eliminating the defense’s potential argument that you made your own injuries worse by delaying treatment.

If possible, take photos of the accident scene and your injuries to preserve as evidence. Make sure to keep the clothes and shoes that you were wearing at the time of the accident as well. Let a manager at the Home Depot know that you were injured and get a copy of the accident report that was filed in the store or by the police. Do not accept blame for the accident and avoid making any public statements until you speak with a slip and fall lawyer.

How Slip and Fall Home Depot Claims Are Settled

Similar to other types of personal injury claims, slip and fall Home Depot claims require proof that the store owned, occupied, or controlled the property it is located on and that it was negligent in maintaining that property. As a fall victim, you must prove that you were injured and that Home Depot’s negligence caused your injuries. To pursue a successful case against the store and company, you should also be able to show that you were not being careless, that you weren’t ignoring warning signs or employee advice, and that you weren’t distracted to a point of causing your own injuries.

Various pieces of evidence can help you settle your claim faster and to your advantage, such as video surveillance, witness testimony, and medical documentation of your injuries. Having competent legal counsel on your side will also go a long way in being successful when you’re up against a huge corporation like Home Depot.

The Importance of Contacting a Local Slip and Fall Attorney

Far too often, shoppers initially disregard their injuries as no big deal only to discover how devastating their pain is weeks or months later. The Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum provides dedicated and aggressive representation in New York to help you be successful in recovering the maximum settlement for your case.

For a free Home Depot accident case review, contact our office online or at 718-237-5586.

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Can I Sue My Apartment Complex for Falling on Ice?


Posted on January 26, 2021 by

On average, New York City gets around 25 inches of snow each year, and this snow is often accompanied by ice that makes getting around much more challenging. Although slip-and-fall accidents due to ice are very common, their severity should not be minimized because of how devastating a person’s injuries can be.

Here’s an answer to the common question of “Can I sue by apartment complex for falling on ice?” so that you can get the legal help you need after a fall.

Common Injuries from Ice-Related Falls

There is no denying that ice is slippery and that people of any age and level of agility can fall while walking on ice. When sidewalks are not cleared of ice, they become very dangerous because ice is not always visible during winter storms. Common injuries that result from these falls include broken and fractured bones, concussions, muscle strains, and neck and back injuries from the sudden jolt of a fall.

When a Landlord or Apartment Complex Is at Fault

Landlords have certain responsibilities during the winter months, such as removing snow from sidewalks that are adjacent to their properties within four hours if the snow ceases after 7am and before 5pm. If the snow stops between 5pm and 9pm, landlords have 14 hours to clear it away. And if it stops between 9pm and 7am, the snow must be cleared by 11am the next day. Snow removal is very important because if it starts to melt and become liquid, that water could refreeze and turn into a dangerously icy situation.

If a landlord does not follow these New York City Department of Sanitation guidelines, he or she could be held liable for negligence. The lease you signed with your landlord may also dictate how snow removal must be done. A landlord or apartment complex may be liable for your accident if you or a neighbor provided notification about the icy condition and nothing was done for an unreasonable amount of time. Pursuing a successful case will require you and your attorney to prove that an icy condition existed, that the landlord or apartment complex knew about the condition, and that the responsible person failed to remedy it in a timely way.

What to Do After Your Slip-and-Fall Accident

Aside from taking care of your injuries and seeking treatment as soon as possible, it is important to collect as much evidence as possible after falling on ice at your apartment complex. Check your lease for any details about snow and ice removal and make copies of letters and emails that provide documentation about icy conditions. Make sure to take photos of the icy conditions before they melt, gather witness statements from other residents who also noticed the ice, and get copies of your medical records that document your accident-related injuries.

At this point, it’s a wise decision to call the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum to help you with accident reconstruction, navigating insurance company offers, and proving that your landlord or apartment complex was to blame. If you have slipped and fallen on ice, contact us online or at 718-237-5586 for a free case review.

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What You Should Know About Grocery Store Slip and Fall Settlements


Posted on December 23, 2020 by

New Yorkers typically visit grocery stores at least once a week to stock up on food and supplies to prepare meals at home. Having an accident in a grocery store is usually the last thing on our minds as we move through the aisles, but these retail establishments are actually a major cause of injuries because of someone else’s negligence.

Here are some details about how grocery store accidents often occur and how a Brooklyn injury attorney can help with grocery store slip and fall settlements.

Common Causes of Grocery Store Accidents

One of the most common ways that people fall in grocery stores is by tripping over the carpet or mat by the front door. These are in place to reduce wetness when coming in from the outdoors, but they can also pose tripping hazards when they become bunched-up or torn.

Liquid spills, either from an employee mopping the floors or a shopper knocking a liquid item off a shelf, also cause falls. Even solid spills, such as a bag of rice, can be fall hazards. Loose packing materials left on the ground, ice that escapes onto the floor in the freezer aisle, and pooled water by the produce misters can also make you fall while you’re shopping.

Proving Negligence Against a Grocery Store

Grocery stores have a responsibility to keep shoppers safe from hazards, which means that you can sue a grocery store for a premises liability claim after an injury. Even if the grocery store did not create the hazard, it can be held liable for a person’s slip-and-fall injuries if staff was made aware of the condition and did not fix it in a timely way. Therefore, you’ll need to be able to prove that the grocery store staff allowed a spill, torn carpet, or other hazard to exist for an unreasonably long time after being told it existed.

If you slipped and fell immediately after a spill happened, the grocery store probably could not be held liable because there was no reasonable way for a staff member to tend to it before you got there. You may also need to prove that you were exercising reasonable caution while shopping in the store and that you weren’t too distracted to safely avoid a hazardous condition.

Get Help with Your Grocery Store Injury Case

Taking on a grocery store after you’ve slipped and fallen can feel like an uphill battle if you don’t have an experienced lawyer on your side. At the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum, we will meticulously investigate your claim to find out who was to blame for your injuries by accessing surveillance tapes, interviewing witnesses, and linking injuries documented in your medical records to the accident that occurred.

We understand how dangerous grocery stores can be if they aren’t properly maintained, and we will fight for you and stand up for your rights to the fullest extent of the law. Contact us at 718-237-5586 for your free slip and fall consultation to get started.

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What to Do After a Slip and Fall Apartment Complex Accident


Posted on November 25, 2020 by

Slip and fall accidents can happen essentially anywhere, but one of the most common places they occur in New York City is at apartment complexes. Nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers rent apartments, and many of these renters have valid legal claims against an at-fault party because of a fall.

From the moment you are injured to being compensated for damages, here’s what you should know about filing a slip and fall apartment complex claim.

Common Causes of Apartment Accidents

At times, the injured person is to blame for slip and fall accident in an apartment complex because he or she wasn’t being cautious or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But at other times, a landlord could be negligent because of failure to provide a safe place to live and move around. Examples of landlord negligence include failure to remove snow and ice from apartment complex sidewalks, not providing adequate lighting in common areas, and not fixing broken flooring that could cause a person to slip and fall. Broken staircases and failure to put up cautionary signage when repairs are being made may also be linked to landlord negligence .

Assess Your Injuries and Seek Treatment

The first thing to do after any accident is to take care of yourself and seek medical treatment for any injuries that you have suffered. Common injuries that occur after slip and fall apartment complex accidents are broken bones, and concussions if you hit your head during the fall. Falls down flights of stairs and outside near traffic can cause particularly serious injuries that may require extensive procedures and follow-up appointments.

Collect as Much Evidence as Possible

If you believe that someone else, such as your landlord, is to blame for your accident, it is important to collect evidence quickly to prove your claim. This could include a lease stating that your landlord is responsible for a particular aspect of property management and copies of emails to the landlord notifying him or her about an issue that was never addressed. Other evidence may include photographs of the accident scene, witness statements from other apartment complex residents, and hospital records that document your relevant injuries.

Determine Fault in Your Case

As the injured party, the burden of proof is on you to show that your landlord was responsible for causing your injuries. Landlords and property owners have a general responsibility for not putting tenants into harm’s way and keeping the property safe from hazards and well-maintained. Tenants are responsible for things inside their own apartments but landlords are responsible for other areas, such as hallways, entryways, sidewalks, and staircases.

Work with a Local Lawyer You Can Trust

At the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum, we can assist you with accident investigation, proving your injuries are related to your accident, negotiating with insurance companies, and filing court documents to get you the compensation you deserve. If your case cannot be settled outside of court, we are also prepared to represent you at trial to pursue the at-fault party for your apartment accident case. Call us 24/7 at 718-237-5586 or contact us online to have our Brooklyn legal team take a look at your case.