Slip & fall accidents are common all year round on Long Island, NY but can be especially problematic when conditions are snowy or icy. Property owners are responsible for ensuring their property is clear of ice and snow, and generally safe for anyone on the property. Unfortunately, not all property owners take this initiative, which often results in slip and fall accidents.
If you fall while walking on snow or ice on someone else’s property in Long Island New York, what should you do?
Seek Medical Attention for Your Injuries
First and foremost, assess your injuries and seek medical attention, whether that means staying at the scene and calling an ambulance or heading to the nearest hospital or medical clinic on your own. Even if your injuries do not seem serious, it’s important to see a doctor to rule out any unnoticeable injuries and to document the details of your fall.
After you’ve gotten the medical attention you need, report the incident to the property owner (or manager or available staff if your fall occurs at a business). You might also need to return to the scene to take photographs of the area. In addition to the scene of the event, photos of your injuries are also important, so make sure to snap additional pictures in the hours, days, and weeks following your fall. It’s also a good idea to preserve any evidence associated with the incident, such as torn clothing or damaged personal items.
What to Do When You are Contacted by an Insurance Company
Shortly after your accident, you’ll likely be contacted by an insurance company. They might seem friendly and want you to answer a few questions and record the conversation, but you need to remember they do not have your best interest in mind. The goal of the call is to hurt your case against them, so the best advice is to decline to speak to them.
One of the smartest things you can do following a slip and fall incident is to contact an attorney. He or she will “run interference” between you and the insurance companies, and can help you deal with aggressive bill collectors demanding payment for medical treatment. Your attorney helps you navigate the frustrating legal system and ensure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.
Statute of Limitations for Slip and Fall Accidents in Long Island and New York
Keep in mind you have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit if you slip and fall on private property, so you’ll want to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. In New York State, the statute of limitations for negligence is three years. If your claim is filed against a local government, such as the City of New York or a local town or village, you’ll have only one year and 90 days to file your claim (and just 90 days to file Notice of Claim). Claims filed against certain public authorities must be filed within 30 to 60 days, depending on the agency. The laws regarding Statutes of Limitations can be very complicated so don’t delay in consulting with us.
If you would like more information or you need to speak to someone about a slip and fall incident, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of ELAN WURTZEL, P.C.
Slip and fall accidents on sidewalks occur on a regular basis in New York, and lead to costly medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. These accidents can be devastating, and for some, it is possible to ever put their lives back together and receive the compensation they deserve.
What are some of the most common causes of sidewalk slip and fall accidents in Long Island, NY?
- Ice and snow
- Oil spills
- Broken pavement
- Uneven surfaces
- Lack of or unrepaired handrails
- Black Ice
As nice as it is to be able to get around on foot, it puts individuals in danger of falling and injuring themselves. And as careful as you might be when walking outdoors, you encounter obstacles every day that can cause accidents.
Sidewalk falls can lead to serious injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. Annually, more than 800,000 people are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often due to a head injury or hip fracture.
These injuries are expensive to treat and require years of attention from medical professionals. Costs associated with slip and fall accidents include doctors’ bills, physical therapy bills, medication, and in some cases, surgery. In addition to the bills, you might be forced to miss work after a slip and fall accident, which means you aren’t earning money as you recover. Not to mention the emotional pain and suffering you face because of a slip and fall incident.
The good news is most sidewalk slip and fall victims are entitled to compensation. It doesn’t matter if you fell on a sidewalk that is open to the public or on someone’s private property. Sidewalks must be properly maintained and kept in good repair regardless who owns them.
What Should I Do If I Slip and Fall on the Sidewalk in a Long Island Neighborhood?
First, seek the medical attention you need. Even if it seems your injuries are minor, it’s still important to be seen by a doctor.
Make sure you alert the sidewalk owner to the problem. Report the incident and make your injuries known to the person responsible for maintaining the sidewalk.
Finally, contact an experienced Long Island personal injury attorney with slip and fall claims experience. He or she will examine the details of your case and help you decide whether or not it’s appropriate to file a lawsuit. Professional support and guidance is the best tool you have available after you have been injured in a slip and fall accident.
For more information, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of ELAN WURTZEL, P.C.
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