Do You Need a Lawyer to File a Slip and Fall Accident Claim?  

Do You Need a Lawyer to File a Slip and Fall Accident Claim?  
October 27 12:07 2017 Print This Article

By and large, the slip and fall accidents New York residents incur are minor. In fact, most people have slipped and fallen at one time or another.

However, some slips and falls are serious. Some slips and falls result in broken bones or paralysis. They may also require surgeries, amputations, or other invasive and long-term treatments. For these slip and fall accidents New York residents have the option of filing an accident claim against the person or party responsible for the fall. Certainly, not all accidents have a responsible person or party, but as you will read below, some do. And for these responsible individuals or parties, there are legal ramifications for negligence.

What Is a Slip and Fall Accident?

“Slip and fall” is actually a legal term. It refers to a personal injury that results from someone tripping, slipping, and/or falling to the ground. The trip, slip, or fall would have occurred on someone else’s property — generally on the property of a business, like a store, shop, or restaurant. In legal situations, a traditional slip and fall lawsuit would then be a lawsuit against the defendant (the store, shop, restaurant, or other business) on behalf of the plaintiff (the person who slipped and fell).

Should You Hire a Lawyer and File a Lawsuit?

If you have recently slipped and fallen on someone else’s property and incurred serious injuries, you may be legally eligible for compensation from the property owner. Naturally, this all depends on the particulars of your case. For example, could someone prove that the fall was largely your fault? Were there any witnesses who saw your fall? Were your injuries really that serious?

Deciding on whether or not to seek professional help with a lawyer will mostly depend on these factors and a few others. But one thing can be said for sure: If you were seriously injured by a fall on someone else’s property, and your injuries necessitated costly medical bills, time off from work and lost wages, and/or immense pain and suffering and if you can prove that the fall was caused by the negligence of the property owner, you would be remiss not to seek monetary compensation through a lawsuit.

Contact a Lawyer Today for More Information on Slip and Fall Accidents

Seeking monetary compensation or “damages” from the at-fault party in your slip and fall case requires help from an attorney. With these types of personal injury cases, the paperwork and legal proceedings are difficult (if not impossible) to understand for a layperson.

Furthermore, most personal injury lawyers will meet with you for a free consultation and work with you on a contingency basis, which means that they don’t get paid unless they win your case. To learn more about slip and fall accidents, contact a reputable New York lawyer today.

 

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