When you walk on property owned by a company, city or individual, you expect that property to be free of hazards. Dangers such as debris, trash, liquid, potholes, disrepair or poor maintenance can result in a slip and fall. Many of these injury-causing accidents could have been avoided entirely if the managing or owning individual had properly maintained, cleaned or repaired the area in question. This type of negligence can result in a vast array of physical injuries that can be very severe.
The insurance company has millions of reasons why falling down was your fault. We don’t let them get away with it. If you have been injured in any of the following types of slip and fall or trip and fall accidents in New York, the Law Office of Robert Gross can help you:
• Supermarket Slip/Trip and Fall
• Department Store Slip/Trip and Fall
• Sidewalk Slip/Trip and Fall
• Defective Stairs
• Defective Escalators
• Defective Elevators
• Crosswalk Slip/Trip and Fall
• City Property Slip/Trip and Fall
Many of these accidents can result in severe injuries, such as:
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
• Neck injuries
• Back injuries
• Broken bones/fractured bones
• Dental damage
• Eye damage
• Ligament injuries
• Tendon injuries
You could be entitled to receive compensation for the financial losses and non-financial losses caused by your accident. For example, you could receive compensation for any and all medical bills, including hospitalization, follow-up visits, out-of-pocket expenses, medication costs, surgery, reconstructive surgery, dental bills and more. Depending upon the severity of your injuries and the circumstances of your case, you could also be eligible to file a suit against the owner/manager of the property in order to receive compensation for your non-economic losses such as loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, pain and suffering and emotional trauma.
Slip & Fall
Slip and falls are a common occurrence with thousands of claims made each year.
The truth is, most slip and fall injuries occur from lack of proper care and maintenance of a location. Our attorneys can assist you by making sure your rights are protected, and you are compensated for your pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a slip and fall injury and don’t know what to do or if you still have a question that has not been answered, call Gross & Gonzalez now at 718-665-1600.
Fall on Ice and Snow
Property owners have an obligation to make sure their property, including parking lots and sidewalks, are maintained and that all snow and ice is removed to avoid possible safety hazards.
Generally, a property owner is allowed a “reasonable” amount of time to remove the snow.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW/ASK?
• Did the property owner use common sense?
• Was there something the property owner “should have known” was dangerous?
• Did the property owner use reasonable care to keep the property safe?
• Did you trip over a broken, or uneven area of carpet or floor or did you slip on a wet area?
• Has any accident happened at this location before?
• Is there a schedule in place for regular maintenance and cleaning or repairing of the premises? Did poor or broken lighting contribute to the accident?
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO!
When possible, we recommend the following:
• Photos. TAKE PICTURES OF INJURIES, LOCATION OF THE INJURY, REASON FOR THE INJURY, STREET SIGNS IN THE AREA, CONDITION OF VEHICLES, ANYTHINGTHAT COULD BE HELPFUL TO YOUR CASE
Witnesses. If someone witnesses your fall, try to get their name, address and telephone number.
• Accident Report. When the police arrive at the scene of an accident they must generate an accident report, you should contact the precinct where the officers are from and inquire about getting a copy.
• Evidence. We recommend you save the item that caused your fall. For example, if you slipped on a piece of fruit or a vegetable, place the item in a plastic bag and freeze it. You may also want to safeguard the shoes you were wearing at the time of the fall. These can be placed in a plastic bag and taped shut to preserve any matter stuck to your shoe.
As slip and fall lawyers, we have many accident cases, which have occurred as a result of defective or broken stairs.
Property owners have the responsibility to make sure all steps have the same rise and depth, with visible edges. Also, stairs must be kept free of debris or other obstacles, which could cause an accident.
A property owner is also responsible for making sure all stairwells are well lit, with sturdy handrails on both sides.
We all have a responsibility to be careful and watch where we are going, however, a property owner needs to show reasonable care.