NEW YORK — Thousands of people slip, trip, and fall every day in the United States. According to the CDC, slips, trips and falls are the top reasons for traumatic brain injuries. An experienced personal injury lawyer says these accidents account for 46% of fatal falls among older Americans. A slip-and-fall injury is any personal injury that’s a result of a slip, trip or fall. Examples of these injuries may include:
- Head injuries like traumatic brain injuries
- Sprains and fractures in the knees or wrists
- Hip fractures
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Cuts and abrasions
If you have suffered any of these injuries in a place of business or on city property, you may be entitled to compensation. A personal injury lawyer will be happy to help you understand your options for recovery at this time.
When does my slip-and-fall become a Personal Injury Case?
Not all slip-and-fall accidents lead to personal injury cases. An injured person may have a case when there is sufficient evidence to hold the property owner or manager (or an employee who works on the property) responsible for the conditions that led to the accident and injuries.
A slip-and-fall can become a personal injury case when another party is liable (legally responsible) for the accident. To be liable, the property owner, manager, or employee must or should have done one of three things:
- He or she must have caused the conditions that led to the slip-and-fall accident
- He or she must have known about the conditions that led to the accident and done nothing to fix them
- He or she should have known about the conditions that led to the accident because a “reasonable person” taking care of the premises would have found out about the hazard and fixed it
Do you have a slip-and-fall case in Long Island?
If you have slipped on or tripped over an object on a premises and that fall led to an injury, you may be able to work with a slip-and-fall attorney in Long Island to pursue compensation. Compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages from having to miss work, and more.
At Cellino & Barnes, we are happy to review your case at any time to help you learn what your next steps should be to get back on your feet. Contact a personal injury lawyer for a free consultation.
Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888