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Who Pays for a Slip & Fall Accident Payout in NYC?

The Law Office Of Nicholas E. Tzaneteas

There are countless reasons people are injured in slip and fall accidents in New York City each year. Whether it’s uneven pavement, icy sidewalks, debris or slippery stairs, there’s no shortage of ways pedestrians can become injured on their daily commutes. But, who do you turn to if this happens? And, more importantly, who is going to pay for your medical bills and recovery? In this article, we’re going to cover who could be held liable and who will pay for your injuries. However, it’s important to note that this process is complicated and many businesses don’t willingly offer to pay for your injuries, which is why you need an experienced Brooklyn Premises Liability Accident Lawyer to go to work for you.

Deciphering who is responsible. 

There are premise liability laws that cover potentially hazardous conditions on someone else’s property-namely a business. According to All Law, for a property owner to be held legally responsible for injuries sustained by an individual slipping and falling, one of the following must be true:

  • That the property owner knew about the dangerous condition and did not attempt to correct it
  • The property owner should have known about the dangerous condition and should have taken steps to prevent injuries, as a “reasonable person” would have done
  • That the property owner created the dangerous condition which led to the accident

Essentially, any judge or lawyer is going to look at whether or not the owner of that space took enough precautions to keep pedestrians and customers safe. This entails:

  • Keeping the property clean
  • Following code
  • Keeping the property safe- including being well-lit and without obvious obstructions
  • Ensuring warning signs are posted wherever applicable

Other factors to consider regarding fault is if the owner of the property knew about the hazard, attempted to fix it, and whether or not the injured person or persons were careless in their actions, which led to the injury.

Who pays for the injury?

If you and your lawyer have determined the property owner is at fault, your next question is likely “How much money do they have to pay?” The figure in question depends on a variety of factors, including:

  • Your medical bills
  • Level of pain and suffering
  • Lost wages and whether you are able, once healed,  to go back to the same job due to injuries

Determining your compensation for pain and suffering isn’t a cookie cutter formula and is something that is dependent on your injury and condition. An experienced attorney will be able to guide you and recommend what the case is worth.

Contact Your Brooklyn Premises Liability Accident Lawyer 

If you or a loved one has been injured while on the property of another, you need to contact a very skilled and experienced lawyer to take your case. You need to look for an attorney who has successfully handled other premises liability cases. A lawyer who is determined enough and thorough enough to investigate and collect all the necessary evidence to prove the negligence and get the best possible result for you as the client. Contact us for a no-obligation consultation today.

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