When someone is injured in a slip/trip and fall accident, a typical question is “how much is my case worth?”. Unsurprisingly, the answer is “it depends.” No two cases are the same, and the value of each individual case is based on many factors, including the severity of injuries, cost of medical treatment, who was responsible for the accident location, insurance policies, whether the responsible party knew about the condition which caused your fall, and many more.
For example, a person is walking to the subway and slips on ice in front of an apartment building. Was the apartment building a NYCHA building or was it privately owned? Did the injured person require surgery? Was it snowing at the time of the accident? If not, when did it last snow? Did the injured person miss time from work as a result of their injuries?
Or consider a person who trips over a mop bucket left on the stairway in their building. How long had the mop bucket been left unattended? Did the building janitor know that the mop bucket was there? Had other tenants previously complained about unattended mop buckets left on the stairs? Was there any warning of the mop bucket on the stairs, like cones or caution signs?
These are examples of just some of the many factors that contribute to whether a property owner was negligent, and if so, determining the value of a slip/trip and fall injury case.
The lawyer at The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. have handled thousands of premises liability slip and fall and trip and fall lawsuits over thirty years, including cases that resolve for six- and seven-figures – cases our New York personal injury lawyers have settled. For instance, we recently resolved a case for $850,000, where a NYC Sanitation Worker tripped over a defective sidewalk in front of a condominium complex.
Slip and Fall Settlement Timeline: Initiating a Claim
As in most personal injury lawsuits, there are critical timing deadlines that must be met in slip or trip and fall cases, so it is important to speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible after an accident. However, there are certain actions that the injured person should take as soon as possible after a slip or trip and fall:
- File an accident report with the property owner.
- Take pictures of the accident location immediately.
- Get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
- If you think you’re injured, seek medical treatment even if you think the injury may be minor.
- Inform healthcare providers how and where you were injured.
- Record the details of the accident in a journal while they are still fresh in your mind.
- Do not speak to the property owner’s insurance company.
- Contact a personal injury lawyer to find out if you have grounds for a claim and to determine the dollar amount.
- Complete all medical care and treatments as prescribed by the doctor.
If you have grounds for a lawsuit against the property owner or some other party, your personal injury lawyer will start the legal process. The willingness of the property owner’s insurance company to settle the claim will play a major factor in how long it takes to resolve your case.
In some cases, it could take several months to a few years before the case is resolved. Just remember, your lawyers are doing everything possible to reach an acceptable settlement that is in your best interests.
If you were injured in a slip or trip and fall accident and want to find out your rights and if you could have grounds for a personal injury claim, please contact The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. by calling (212) 970-6500 now!