At Kohan Law Group, we are well-respected for our legal prowess in handling trip, slip, and fall accidents for clients in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County, Queens, and Brooklyn. If you have been injured in a fall due to someone else’s negligence, the attorneys at our Manhasset, North Hempstead office are well-prepared to fight aggressively to win you maximum compensation.
Premises Liability in Nassau County & New York
Although trip and slip and falls are common and frequently inconsequential, some are very serious, resulting in serious injuries, permanent disability, or even death.
In a great many cases, trip and falls or slip and falls are caused by negligence on the part of property owners and/or tenants. This is known as premises liability. In such instances, victims of a trip or slip-and-fall accidents are well within their rights to sue, or otherwise seek damages to cover losses such as medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.
If your trip and fall or slip and fall accident occurs on someone else’s property, such as a neighbor’s home, a local store, a professional office, a public park, a sidewalk, or a construction site, you will need our sharp legal representation to receive the compensation you deserve. The experienced trip and fall attorneys at Kohan Law are ready to help victims throughout Queens, North Hempstead, and Nassau County.
Reasons for Trip or Slip and Fall Accidents
Common causes of trip or slip and fall accidents include:
- Poorly lit sidewalks, parking lots, vestibules, hallways, or garages
- Broken or uneven stairs or poorly secured banisters
- Unsecured rugs
- Torn or uneven carpeting
- Uneven flooring or broken tiles
- Unmarked obstacles on walkways
- Wet, icy, or otherwise slippery surfaces
- Falling debris from defective shelving or a building facade
Why Choose Nassau County’s Kohan Law Group
Once you become our client, your case will be handled by accomplished trip or slip and fall lawyers who will handle all the legal and logistical matters, including:
- Communicating directly with opposing attorneys and insurance adjusters
- Investigating the site of your accident and any surveillance videos
- Examining police records and medical reports
- Interviewing witnesses
- Investigating the defendant’s history of any similar negligence or misconduct
- Contacting medical or other experts who will testify on your behalf
Why Taking Prompt Legal Action Is Important
There are several reasons to contact our Nassau County office as soon as possible after you have been seriously injured in a slip or trip and fall accident. For one thing, there is a 3-year statute of limitations for personal injuries in New York. For another, in order to prove premises liability, we must be able to investigate, assess, and document the circumstances that led to your accident. Defendants often move quickly to make repairs before the plaintiff’s legal team can photograph the evidence.
Severe Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
Although in most cases, parties whose negligence causes harm do not intend to cause injuries, it is necessary that everyone take responsibility for keeping their property safe for visitors.
Among the most common serious injuries caused by trips and slips and falls include:
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Hip, shoulder, knee, wrist, elbow, pelvic, and knee fractures
- Back and spinal cord injuries (e.g. paralysis)
- Joint dislocations
- Neuromuscular damage
As previously noted, older individuals, whose bones are less dense, are more likely to suffer fractures, but even the strongest bones may be no match for direct impact with cement.
Damages We Will Fight to Recover for Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents
No two slip and fall or trip and fall accidents are identical, but depending on the nature of your injuries and the extent of the other party’s negligence, our trip and slip lawyer will fight vigorously to recover whichever of the following compensatory damages are appropriate in your case. This includes:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income, present, and future
- Property damage or loss
- Extended nursing care
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If the negligence that caused you harm was especially egregious, we may also seek punitive damages from the court. Punitive damages might be appropriate if, for example, the property owner knew of the potential danger for a period of time but never got around to fixing it.
Wrongful Death Due to a Slip or Trip and Fall Accident
In some cases, a slip and fall or trip and fall accident is fatal. There is no way to measure the grief of the victim’s family, and certainly no compensation to relieve it. Even so, if you have suffered such a tragic loss throughout Brooklyn, or Nassau County, our trip and fall lawyers will work tirelessly to bring you some semblance of justice by recovering damages for final medical costs, funeral costs, and loss of financial and emotional support.
Pure Comparative Negligence in New York State Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents
Comparative negligence can be applied in premises liability cases, though state laws vary on this matter. Comparative negligence means that both parties bear some responsibility for the accident. “Pure” comparative negligence means that even if the victim bears more responsibility than the property owner, the victim can still receive compensation in New York.
Comparative negligence may apply, for example, if the victim who tripped over a broken floor tile was intoxicated or drug-impaired at the time of the incident. In such circumstances, the court will assign a percentage of fault to each party. The plaintiff will then receive the court award minus their percentage of assigned blame. So, if the victim is found to be 20 percent at fault and the awarded damages are $100,000, the injured party will actually receive $80,000.
Contact Our Experienced Nassau County Slip or Trip and Fall Attorneys Today
Don’t be too quick to blame yourself for a trip and fall or slip and fall accident. Though you may be clumsy or not have the best balance, a misplaced obstacle, a slippery surface, or a poorly lit stairway is evidence of negligence and may entitle you to the resources you need to recover in comfort. Contact Kohan Law Group now so our premises liability lawyers can work on your case throughout Brooklyn and Nassau County.
We have an impressive track record in both out-of-court settlements and personal injury litigation and will charge you no attorneys’ fees until and unless we recover damages. More than that, you will find our slip and fall lawyers to be compassionate as well as highly capable.
We know that you have been through physical and emotional trauma. For this reason, your initial consultation will be free and we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we recover damages. Contact us now so we can evaluate your case and begin strategizing how best to win you a substantial settlement.
Kohan Law Group represents clients with their slip and fall claims throughout Nassau County as well as in New York City, including Queens and Brooklyn, from their Manhasset office in North Hempstead.