Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of injury in America. For victims of slip and fall accidents, timely actions can significantly impact eligibility for damage awards.
Seek medical attention immediately. Following a slip and fall accident, a victim’s priority is to get immediate medical attention, regardless of whether an injury seems minor or not. Although many slip and fall accidents are relatively minor, some yield potentially serious complications such as fractures, broken bones, internal injuries and/or head trauma.
Aside from remedying immediate health problems, it is important to seek professional attention for your injuries and obtain a document, in writing, of a professional diagnosis of any injuries initially caused by the fall.
Document your claims as thoroughly as possible. Inspect the area where the slip and fall occurred for a potential cause such as snow, loose carpet, spilled food, ice or uneven concrete. Whenever possible, take photographs with a cellular phone or other picture taking device, which may help explain the cause of the fall. As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Additionally, a victim should consider photographing his or her physical injuries that were a result of the fall.
If there are witnesses to your fall or the aftermath, write down their names, addresses and phone number. Witness testimony may be beneficial to supporting your argument in the case, should the property owner dispute the claims. For incidents that happen in businesses or stores, follow protocol by filling out the accident report and notifying the supervisor.
Your time to sue is limited; contact your attorney immediately. Under the New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules section 214, victims who have injured in a slip and fall on someone else’s property has three years to file suit against the property owner. However, for those filing against New York State, the local government or most government agencies for damages, the General Municipal Law requires a Notice of Claims be filed 90 days after the claim arises, normally from the date of accident.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who handles such matters. Arze & Mollica, LLP provides legal representation to individuals who have suffered slip and fall injuries throughout New York City. With offices conveniently located in Brooklyn, and Manhattan, the firm also represents clients in Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Call (718) 996-5600 for a consultation today.