New York Slips, Trips & Fall Attorney

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Slip and fall accidents (and trip and fall accidents) are extremely common. You’ve no doubt experienced one yourself, perhaps not too long ago. Much of the time, such accidents are inconsequential. We dust ourselves off and go on without any problem. This is, of course, particularly true of young children (although in that case tears may be involved). Nonetheless, some slip and fall accidents are very serious, resulting in painful injuries, permanent disability, or even death. If you have experienced a slip and fall accident as a result of someone else’s negligence or malice and have suffered serious injuries, you are legally entitled to seek monetary compensation.

If your fall took place in the greater New York City metropolitan area, The Law Office of Arthur O. Tisi is ready to evaluate your personal injury case and to represent you in negotiations, and, if necessary, in a court of law. Arthur Tisi, in addition to having other excellent credentials, has been recognized in the New York Law Journal as having one of the top verdicts in both 2014 and 2015.  He also has a well-deserved reputation for concern and compassion.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are, by definition, unexpected, but certain conditions make them more likely. This is where negligence enters the picture. Anyone can fall due to inattention, clumsiness, a temporary impairment, or a permanent medical condition. When hazardous conditions that could have been prevented by repair or maintenance are present, then slip and fall accidents (as well as trip and fall accidents) can engender a personal injury claim.

Common hazardous conditions include:

  • Snow-covered, icy or broken sidewalks
  • Cracked or broken concrete
  • Wet, slippery floors
  • Frayed carpeting
  • Debris left in a walkway
  • Crumbling or unstable stairs or bannisters

According to New York law, business owners and lessees have a legal duty to protect anyone lawfully visiting their premises by maintaining their property in a reasonably safe condition and may be held legally accountable for injuries that occur on their property if they have failed to do so. This is known as premises liability.

If you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, tt is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible because the offending party may hurry to repair the problem in order to avoid taking responsibility. Arthur Tisi is prepared to investigate promptly so he can gather evidence and/or contact witnesses to document the damage at the site promptly.  He is also capable, if necessary, of bringing expert technical or medical witnesses in to validate your claim.

Types of Injuries that Result from Slip and Fall Accidents

Just about any part of the body can be injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident. Some injuries, like external cuts and bruises, may heal quickly without incident, but many injuries may take an extended period for recovery and recuperation. Some may even cause permanent disability or death.

Common slip and fall injuries include:

  • Overstretched tendons
  • Torn ligaments
  • Strained or sprained muscles
  • Fractured wrists, ankles, legs
  • Fractured clavicles
  • Bruises or fractured tailbones
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head and brain injuries

At times, internal bleeding or other injuries that are more difficult to diagnose appear in the aftermath of the accident so it is important to be thoroughly examined after the event and not to make a settlement too quickly.

What types of compensation can you receive for slip and fall injuries?

There are two types of damages awarded in personal injury cases: compensatory and punitive.

Compensatory damages are designed to reimburse you for:

  • Medical, surgical, and rehabilitative costs
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning power
  • Permanent disability
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological counseling

Punitive damages are conceived as punishment for reprehensible behavior on the part of the property owner; they are also meant to be a force to deter others from engaging in similar egregious behavior.

How is a slip and fall case proven?

It is not as easy as you might think to prove premises liability in New York where the law favors the property owner. To be successful, you must prove that the property owner or lessee either

caused the unsafe condition or that he/she knew, or should have known, that the dangerous condition existed prior to the accident. Moreover, the victim must prove that this condition was a major factor in causing the resulting injury.

Sometimes in premises liability cases, responsibility for the injury is determined to be shared. Known as contributory or comparative negligence, this means that the person injured may be held partially at fault for his/her own injury. If this is the finding, the amount of compensation paid to the injured party may be reduced.

Because of the possible complications in proving premises liability, it is extremely important to have a lawyer representing you who has cutting-edge knowledge of the law as well as experience in premises liability cases.

Why Arthur Tisi Is the Right Choice for You

When you have suffered a slip and fall accident, or a trip and fall accident, in New York City, you have enough to worry about without trying to pursue a personal injury claim on your own. First of all, you are dealing with your own pain and shock, possible inability to work, medical and household bills that are piling up, and the effect all of this is having on your loved ones. Second, you need a tried and true professional to stand up and fight for you during negotiations or in a court of law. Once you have engaged the services of Arthur Tisi and his team, you will have the peace of mind to concentrate on settling down and getting well.

Arthur Tisi is the right choice for you, not only because he is highly qualified, but because he will give you the personal attention and respect you deserve. He will never charge you a fee unless he wins your case. You can count on him to work hard to see that you receive every dollar of compensation you deserve. To contact The Law Office of Arthur O. Tisi, fill out the form on his website or call him at 917.887.5343.

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