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Staten Island Slip and Fall Accident LawyerWere you or a loved one injured in a slip and fall accident in Staten Island, New York? If so, you could be entitled to significant compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If someone else caused you to get hurt, the Staten Island slip and fall accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. 

For more than 25 years, we’ve been helping injured victims recover the money they need after preventable accidents. Our firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars in life-changing settlements and verdicts for victims just like you. 

Call us at (212) 564-2800 or contact our Staten Island, NY law office to learn more about how we can help you. We offer free consultations, so call today.

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Slip and Fall Accident in Staten Island

How the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel Can Help After a Slip and Fall Accident in Staten IslandWhen you’ve been hurt in a fall, you need time to rest and recover. You shouldn’t have to suffer financial consequences when someone else is responsible for your injuries. 

Our Staten Island personal injury lawyers have been recognized for excellent client service and outstanding results—we’ve won some of the highest financial awards in the state of New York. Our founding attorney has even been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer.

When you hire our top-rated legal team, you can expect us to:

  • Launch an investigation into your accident to determine what caused your fall
  • Collect evidence to support your claim
  • Calculate your damages so that all of your past and future costs are included
  • Handle all communications and negotiations with insurance companies
  • Advocate for you at trial if the insurance company refuses to agree to a fair settlement

You can count on us to give your case the immediate attention it deserves. We won’t back down, and we’re never afraid to take a case to court. Call now for a free case evaluation. If you decide to let us handle your case, you don’t pay unless we win. 

How Common Are Slip and Fall Accidents in Staten Island, NY?

Falls can happen to anyone, but they’re particularly dangerous for older adults. Every year across the U.S., roughly 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 experience a fall of some kind. In 2019, three million older adults were treated in emergency departments across the country for falls. That’s over 8,000 every day.

Falls are the leading cause of injury among seniors in NYC. There are roughly 300 fall-related deaths among older adults per year in New York City. 

And Staten Island has the highest rate of fall-related deaths than any of the five boroughs.  The fatal fall rate throughout the city is 27 in every 100,000 falls. But in Staten Island, 33.5 in every 100,000 falls will result in death for an older adult.

What is My Slip and Fall Accident Case Worth?

Every case is different. Accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries or death tend to result in higher awards.

Some factors that can affect the value of your claim include:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • The value of your lost wages
  • Whether you’re expected to make a full recovery
  • Whether you were partially at fault for your fall

We carefully calculate all of your damages and fight for every dollar you deserve. We often hire experts to help us estimate the value of future lost wages and medical care. Insurance companies will try to undervalue or outright deny your claim. It’s in your best interest to speak with a reputable Staten Island personal injury attorney before accepting any settlement. 

What Kind of Damages Are Available to Slip and Fall Accident Victims? 

You’ll generally be able to seek compensation for all damages related to your slip and fall accident—that includes economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages cover your financial losses such as:

Non-economic damages are less tangible and include compensation for:

  • Physical pain
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of everyday activities
  • Anxiety and depression

Non-economic damages take into account how the accident has affected your quality of life. 

Can I Recover Compensation If I’m Being Blamed For a Slip and Fall Accident in New York?

Probably. As long as you aren’t completely responsible for your fall, then you should still be able to recover some compensation.

That’s because New York follows pure comparative fault rules in negligence cases. This means that if you were partially responsible for the accident, your award will just be reduced by the portion of fault attributed to you.

For example, if you’re found to be 20% responsible for the accident, then your award will be reduced by 20%.

We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation For All of Your Slip and Fall Injuries

No matter how mild or severe your injuries are, you shouldn’t have to pay a dime if someone else is responsible for causing your fall.

We regularly represent fall victims who have suffered:

It’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after your fall. Some injuries aren’t immediately visible. And, your doctor can let you know what symptoms to watch out for in case your condition worsens.

What Causes Most Slip and Fall Accidents in Staten Island, NY?

Most slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are preventable. Property owners, employees, or tenants are often responsible for creating dangerous conditions that cause falls.

Some common causes of slip and fall accidents in Staten Island are:

  • Spills causing wet floors
  • Torn carpet
  • Broken tiles
  • Loose wires or cords
  • Crumbling sidewalks
  • Loose or broken handrails
  • Broken steps
  • Obstacles left in walkways
  • Potholes or poorly maintained parking lots
  • Failure to post signage of hazardous conditions
  • Poor lighting

There could be multiple causes of your fall. Our Staten Island slip and fall lawyers work hard to identify all potentially liable parties so that we can hold them accountable.

What is Negligence and How Do I Prove it in a Slip and Fall Case in New York?

Since most slip and fall accidents are preventable, most slip and fall lawsuits are based on negligence. Negligence is the failure to take proper care under the circumstances. People who cause harm due to negligence can be held financially accountable.

To prove negligence, you must show:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant breached that duty
  • The breach of duty caused your injuries
  • You suffered damages as a result

Some evidence used to prove negligence may include:

  • Your own testimony
  • Video footage from security cameras
  • Expert witness reports or testimony 
  • Medical records
  • Employment records
  • Maintenance logs

Our Staten Island slip and fall accident attorneys have decades of experience litigating injury cases. We know how to build and present a compelling case in your favor.

Special Factors in Premises Liability Cases

A slip and fall accident is a type of premises liability case. That just means that you were injured due to an unsafe condition on someone else’s property.

In these types of cases, the “duty of care” owed to you by the property owner may vary depending on the reason you were on the property.

Generally, there are three categories of visitors:

  • Invitees have an open invitation to be on the premises (such as a public place or a place of business). They are on the premises for the benefit of the owner.
  • Licensees have a right to be on the premises for a limited purpose, usually as social guests.
  • Trespassers have no legal right to be on the premises.

At a minimum, property owners are responsible for fixing known dangerous conditions (or warning you about them if they aren’t able to fix them right away). Property owners that have invitees on their property have a higher duty—they need to regularly inspect the premises for hazards.

A property owner usually owes no duty to protect trespassers from harm. If you’re trespassing and get injured, you probably won’t be able to recover damages from the property owner.

How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Slip and Fall Accident in New York?

You’ll have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit after your fall. That’s the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in New York. If you lost a loved one in a fatal accident, you’ll have two years to initiate a wrongful death lawsuit.

If you miss the deadline, you won’t be able to recover any compensation at all.

Contact Our Staten Island Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers For a Free Consultation

If you’ve suffered injuries in a fall, you don’t have to face the next steps alone. Let the Staten Island slip and fall accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC fight for the compensation you deserve.

Contact our law firm for a completely free case evaluation. We’ll let you know how we can help. We’re here 24/7, so call today.

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New York, NY 10123
(212) 564 2800

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