Helping You Get Compensation from Negligent Property Owners in NY
A slip and fall accident is no laughing matter. If you’ve recently fallen while on someone else’s property, you already know that the consequences can go far beyond embarrassment.
In fact, injuries from falls in public can be quite severe. And in many cases, they give you grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit against the property owners.
When businesses open their doors to the public, they have a responsibility to make sure the premises are safe for the people they invite inside. This includes the duty to:
- Inspect the premises for hazards
- Address hazards promptly (and warn the public in the meantime)
- Compensate victims for their injuries, suffering, and losses
As Kingston slip, trip, and fall accident attorneys, we have spent years helping unfairly injured people claim the compensation they deserve after an unexpected tumble in public.
The companies that create dangerous conditions (or allow them to persist, often because they’re cutting costs) must be held accountable for endangering you and your loved ones.
Retailers and other businesses have the financial resources in place to make these situations right. They are absolutely in a position to help you recover from your accident. For that matter, they likely have insurance policies in place for exactly these kinds of situations. Unfortunately, these companies and their insurers frequently refuse to do the right thing until threatened with litigation. An experienced attorney team can make all the difference.
Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Before you sign on the dotted line with a retailer, business, or insurance company, talk to an experienced lawyer and find out how much money you might deserve. Give O’Connor & Partners a call today.
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Usually Happen?
Anyone can slip or trip anywhere at any time. But these accidents tend to happen on sales floors or in other business locations where the combination of so many products and crowds means that spills are more likely to happen. That is precisely why businesses must be so diligent in inspecting their premises on a regular basis.
Common sites of slip, trip, and fall accidents in New York include:
- Grocery stores
- “Big Box” stores (e.g., Walmart, Target, etc.)
- Amusement parks
- Hotels, motels, or timeshares
- Apartment or condo complexes
- Gas stations
- Parking lots
What Are Some of the Most Common Slip and Trip Hazards?
Common slipping hazards include:
- Standing water
- Puddles caused by rain
- Soap suds
- Spilled products
- Beverage spills
- Slippery floors due to cleaning solutions
- Melting ice, sleet, or snow
Common tripping hazards include:
- Uneven or cracked sidewalks / broken concrete
- Loose carpet
- Items left on stairways
- Items protruding into aisles or walkways
What are the Most Common Injuries in Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents?
No two accidents are just alike. Falls can result in a number of different injuries, ranging from moderate to severe. Common injuries include:
- Fractured or broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Concussions or other traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Injured knees
- Severe bruising
- Soft tissue injury
- Vision or hearing loss
- Damage to the mouth, tongue, or teeth
- Disfigurement or disability
Who Is Liable for a Slip and Fall Injury in New York?
In most situations, the commercial property owner and/or their insurance provider will ultimately be responsible for paying these claims.
What If I Slipped and Fell While at Someone Else’s House?
The Kingston slip, trip, and fall accident attorneys at O’Connor & Partners can help you file a claim for injuries caused by dangerous conditions on private property.
For example, social guests can often recover compensation from their host’s home insurance provider. While you may feel uncomfortable taking legal action against a neighbor, family member, or friend, those people rarely end up having to pay anything out of pocket. The reality is that, in many cases, their insurance policy already covers these kinds of accidents. We can help you demand adequate compensation from their insurers.
What If My Slip, Trip, or Fall Happened on Government-Owned Public Property?
If you slipped or tripped while on government or public property, please don’t hesitate to contact our office and talk about your options. We may be able to help you claim the full and fair compensation you deserve.
What Defenses Can the Property Owner Raise Against My Injury Claim?
Retailers, movie theaters, hotel chains, and other large businesses tend to aggressively defend themselves against premises liability claims. They will do anything they can to avoid paying you what you’re owed. They may attempt to raise arguments like these in their defense:
- They responded reasonably to the safety hazard.
- Your injury was not foreseeable.
- There was nothing they could reasonably have done to prevent your accident.
- You behaved unreasonably.
- You ignored clear safety warnings.
An experienced Kingston slip and fall accident lawyer can help you challenge these defenses and insist that negligent property owners do the right thing. Our goal is to maximize the compensation our clients receive.
Which Areas in the Hudson Valley Do You Serve?
O’Connor & Partners is proud to serve accident victims throughout the state of New York. Our office is located in Kingston, NY, mere minutes from the New York State Thruway. We also routinely handle cases all throughout the Hudson Valley, including in:
…and in New York City and beyond. We are happy to travel throughout the state of New York and even the country. If you can’t come to us, we will come to you.
Schedule a Free Consultation with O’Connor & Partners
At O’Connor & Partners, our approach to accident litigation is simple: get our clients’ as much money as possible.
Our Kingston slip, trip, and fall accident attorneys have over a century of combined experience in helping injured New Yorkers recover the compensation they deserve after an accident.
We have a track record of success when it comes to taking on insurers or other big companies, winning, and winning big.
And here’s the best part: we will never charge you a fee unless and until we get you money first. Contact us online or call (845) 303-8777 to schedule a free, no-obligation case review in the Hudson Valley today.