Slip & Fall Accident Attorney in NYC
Almost all accidents, in retrospect, seem as if they could have been avoided. This may be especially true of slip and fall accidents, as oftentimes, people feel as though they should have “seen it coming.” Nonetheless, in many slip and fall accidents, the property owner or manager bears premises liability for insufficiently maintaining his or her property. If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident within the five boroughs of New York City or its adjacent counties, contact Katter Law for aggressive, skilled legal representation.
Common Slip and Fall Accidents
Some of the many slip and fall accident cases we handle at Katter Law include the following:
- Hotel accidents
- Apartment accidents
- Elevator accidents
- Airport accidents
- Parking lot accidents
- Restaurant accidents
- Sidewalk accidents
- Supermarket accidents
Unfortunately, many other common hazards may result in slip and fall injuries, such as:
- Poorly lit hallways
- Open cellar doors
- Wet or slippery floors
- Frayed carpeting or uneven rugs
- Littered pathways, indoors or out
- Broken stoops, stairs or banisters
- Uneven or broken flooring tiles
If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall, your first priority is to receive emergency medical care. If you believe your fall was the fault of another, your next step should be to contact Katter Law Firm.
Recovering Compensation After an Accident
To win a premises liability lawsuit, you will have to hire an attorney who can prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Using our sharp negotiation abilities, we may earn you a just settlement before even setting foot in a courtroom. Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be entitled to all out-of-pocket medical and rehabilitative costs, lost wages (present and future), psychological counseling, property damages, physical pain, mental anguish, and permanent disability. In some instances, if the defendant has acted with malice or total disregard for your safety, we may sue for punitive damages as well.
When Is Someone Else Responsible for Your Slip and Fall?
Though some slip and fall accidents are due to medical issues, inattention or sheer clumsiness, many are the result of property owner negligence. If you believe the latter is true in your case, let Katter Law Firm evaluate the specific circumstances to see whether you have a viable premises liability case. If the property owner has been negligent and lets his or her property fall into disrepair, our attorneys will sue the offending party to obtain the damages you are legally entitled to.
What Injuries Result from Slip and Fall Accidents?
Almost any injury can result from a slip and fall accident. The nature of your injury will likely be determined by the position you were in when you fell, the height you fell from, your level of fitness, and your age at the time of the accident. Whereas young children have been known to recover completely after traumatic brain injuries due to steep falls, elderly people with fragile bones can fracture a hip or pelvis far more easily. Slip and fall injuries may also involve:
- Fractures of the femur (thigh bone), vertebrae, wrist, ankle or clavicle (collarbone)
- Neuromuscular damage to nerves, tendons, muscles or ligaments
- Concussions or traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal bleeding or organ damage
Certain injuries, such as internal bleeding, do not show up in the immediate aftermath of a fall. That is why it is essential to have a thorough medical examination, including any necessary diagnostic tests. As your attorneys, we want to make certain that we don’t agree to a settlement before we know the full extent of your injuries. Also, we want to have your mental and emotional well-being carefully examined. After a head injury, you may suffer impaired cognition and/or memory, seizures, or severe headaches. After any serious accident, you may also develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or panic attacks.
Comparative Negligence in New York
An important part of premises liability law in New York is that there is a rule of comparative negligence. Comparative negligence applies when the injured party and the defendant are each determined to be partially responsible for the accident. That is why you must hire an attorney who can ensure your case is as compelling as possible to limit your percentage of fault.
Contact Katter Law
Our firm has served injured clients with determination and compassion for over 30 years. We treat our clients as we would treat someone close to us; with patience, empathy, and respect. When you come to Katter Law Firm, you can be sure we will fight aggressively to win you the highest monetary damages permitted by law. Our founder and lead attorney, Ronald J. Katter, is recommended by the New York City Bar Association, as well as the New York County Lawyers’ Association, Brooklyn and Bronx Bar Associations, to clients seeking trustworthy, highly competent attorneys in their fields of specialization. Not only are we caring and effective, but we also pride ourselves in responding to client inquiries within 24 hours. Contact Katter Law today to discuss your case.