When you enter a mall, store, bar, restaurant, or any other private or public property, you implicitly trust that the property owner has made sure that the property is free of any hazards which could cause a serious injury. While it’s important to stay alert to potential dangers around you, sometimes preventable accidents occur unexpectedly, resulting in serious injuries.
In New York City, slip and fall accidents are some of the most common causes of avoidable injuries. Wet floors are one of the most easily preventable of these conditions, as we’re all familiar with the yellow wet floor signs that warn visitors of slippery conditions. But in New York, fall accidents are still the leading cause of injury hospitalizations in both children and adults. When a property owner fails to place a caution sign on a slippery floor or fails to address the wet condition in a timely manner and someone gets hurt, he or she may be held liable in a personal injury lawsuit.
When Are Property Owners Considered Negligent?
If you’ve recently suffered serious injuries after falling on a wet floor, you’re probably wondering what more could have been done to prevent your accident. Sometimes, a property owner may have had little chance to address a dangerous condition before it occurred. But in many cases, injuries could have been prevented by more attention to detail by a property owner or their employees.
In order to have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit, you and your lawyer must prove that:
- You were legally on the property owner and the property owner had a duty to keep their premises safe for you
- The property owner failed to meet this duty by allowing a hazardous condition to go unattended
- You were injured because of this hazardous condition
- You suffered losses due to this injury, which requires financial compensation
If you decide to take legal action, your case could either be settled outside of court (if the property owner’s insurance company agrees to a settlement) or presented for a jury in a civil court. In either case, our Queens personal injury lawyers can help you build a case and make sure you recover financial compensation for all damages related to your accident.
Common Forms Of Negligence In Wet Floor Accidents
Some common forms of negligence we see in cases involving slip and falls on wet floors include:
- The property owner was responsible for making the floor wet
- The property owner was aware that the floor was wet but failed to address it quickly
- The property owner reasonably should have been aware of the wetness
- There were no wet floor warning signs posted near the slippery area
Establishing negligence in a slip and fall case is a complicated process. We advise discussing the details of your accident with an experienced Queens personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. A knowledgeable lawyer can help investigate your case and help determine if the property owner failed to meet their legal obligation to keep their premises safe.
Your Legal Options After A Preventable Slip & Fall
If you’re considering a personal injury lawsuit after being injured in a slip and fall on a wet floor, it’s important to act quickly. New York state law requires you to file a notice of claim within three years, but we suggest speaking with a lawyer as soon as possible. You’ll be dealing with the property owner’s insurance company and their teams of skilled lawyers. Taking legal action in a timely manner greatly increases your odds of winning your claim.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Lipsig Queens can help you build a strong case, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and if necessary, represent you in a civil court trial. Get in touch with us today to learn more about filing a lawsuit for a slip and fall accident in Queens or any other borough in New York City.