What is a Slip and Fall accident?
The laws governing the United States say that a case of “slip and fall” happens when a person is injured when they trip, stumble, or fall. This is a tort type claim. A slip and fall incident claims that the owner of a property, its custodian, or the owner of a work site was negligent, and thus created a situation that led to an injury from tripping, slipping, stumbling, or falling.
Slip and fall accidents are usually regarded as “premises liability” type cases. What that means is these accidents happen when there is a lack of upkeep in the maintenance or repair of a property that can be construed as negligence. Most (in fact, the majority) of the states in the US have laws in place the require property owners (or the caretakers of the property) to be responsible as far as keeping the property maintained and safe. There are some states that also require homeowners to maintain their properties in a way that keeps the public at large safe.
Business owners are often required to offer a guarantee that their premises are safe for those who actually use the place of business. This means that walkways, floors, and also passageways are clear from any obstruction or condition that could be hazardous. This is why property owners put up warning signs if a floor is wet and potentially hazardous, or if ceilings are low enough to be dangerous.
Premise liability cases in the United States are called a slip (or stumble, step, or trip) and fall if:
the injury was caused by wet conditions on a floor;
the slip and fall was caused by conditions on a property that are hazardous (for example, a very slippery walkway from unshoveled snow, or other hazards like icicles coming down from a roof, or sharp objects next to the property);
the slip and fall was caused by dangerous conditions at a work site (or construction area) that caused a hazard.
If you had an injury that was caused from a fall due to negligence by an owner of a property, call Boyko & Associates law firm. The attorneys here provide expert legal services in a range of slip and fall cases. Our legal team will work hard to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries not only by your insurance company, but also by the negligent property owner as well.
What to Do after Slip and Fall Injury?
If you had a slip and fall accident, please remember to take the following steps right after the injury:
avoid any accusations or statements against a property owner;
find out who is the owner of the property where you got injured (names of owners and managers);
make sure to write down the names and contact information of witnesses;
take several pictures of the scene where you got injured;
save your footwear and clothing you wore when you got injured;
avoid giving any recorded statements to your insurance company
What Can Property Owners Do?
We know how most property owners react when an injured person files a suit against them. Years of experience help us provide the most professional slip and fall injury attorney for a particular case. With us, you can be sure that your case will be taken individually. As most slip and fall injuries result from either negligence or willful disregard of a property owner to provide a safe environment, the overwhelming majority of property owners prefer two defense tactics.
Boyko & Associates law firm has won hundreds of cases related to slip and fall injuries. If you slip and fall, trip and fall, step and fall, or stumble and fall, contact us and we will provide you the most professional slip and fall injury attorney for your unique case. Whether you just scratched your knee, sprained your ankle, or sustained a brain injury, we understand that a personal injury is always a challenge. In any case, you need assistance of a professional who will break down your slip and fall injury case for you. Boyko & Associates law firm is a place where you will find experienced professionals who are ready to help you under any circumstances. Our law firm provides legal services in English, Spanish, Russian, and Creole. With us you will feel at home. If you need a slip and fall injury lawyer in Brooklyn, Boyko & Associates law firm is your choice!