Trip & Fall Accidents

Every year, over 8 million emergency room visits can be attributed to trip and fall accidents. These accidents can occur anywhere, whether it is a place of business such as a bank, an airport, public park or private residence. If it important to note that if you have been injured from a trip and fall, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries including medical expenses, pain and suffering and loss of income. Contact the Schlemmer Firm for guidance. These accidents are usually the result of accumulated debris, faulty design, or negligence. A common scenario is where a property owner failed to give adequate warnings about a dangerous condition, and had the appropriate warning or action been taken, the accident would have been prevented. It is surprising what serious injuries can occur due to a slip and fall. Broken bones, back injuries and head injuries are not uncommon. The owner of a property is responsible for ensuring that the premises are reasonably safe. In the event of an accident, your New York trip and fall lawyer will look to see if reasonable measures could have prevented the hazard. Of course, what is considered reasonable is open to interpretation by a jury. A trip and fall accident often involves evidence that is temporary in nature. Examples of this would be ice on a side walk, or water on the floor of a grocery isle. Because of the nature of these conditions, it is important to take action if you have had a trip and fall accident. The following steps are recommended: Take Pictures: Pictures can be extremely helpful in a slip and fall case. Use your cell phone to take pictures of exactly where you tripped, the surrounding area, and your injuries. Get an Accident Report: If you are in store setting, speak to the manager and file an accident report to document the incident. Preserve Evidence: If you slipped on a vegetable peel in the grocery store for instance, save the item that caused you to fall, if possible. It is also a good idea to set aside the shoes you were wearing as it may become relevant to your case. Speak With Witnesses: If there were any witnesses to your accident, get their name and phone number. Their testimony could be important to your case down the road. Experiencing an injury is an extremely upsetting event. You could be dealing with mounting medical bills, the inability to work, and all the while healing from your injuries. Contact The Schlemmer Firm for a consultation at 212-390-8031 or toll free at 888-458-8500.


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