The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that over 800,000 people end up in the emergency room for injuries caused by falls every year, especially in the winter months. These accidents typically lead to injuries like broken bones or head trauma that can require expensive medical treatment. Just think about it, you slip, trip or fall and generally that fall is onto the ground, a tiled floor, or a concrete sidewalk. Our bodies are made of bone and muscle and when we come in contact with a solid surface like a sidewalk, concrete or tiled floor, there is only one winner.
A Hempstead slip, trip and fall accident lawyer can review your legal options following an injury, provide a personal touch to a professional experience and make sure that we put forward our best case for you. Our team at the Law Offices of Darren T. Moore can address your concerns, answer your questions, and work on your case from the moment you contact and retain our office.
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What Compensation Can You Get for a Hempstead Slip and Fall Accident?
Most of our Hempstead Clients ask “what is my case worth?” This is a difficult question to answer because there are many factors that can determine what the true value of a case is.
If you slipped, tripped or fell in Hempstead, New York, you may have legal options and potentially the option of pursuing compensation for your injuries. In this situation, you may have a premises liability lawsuit to seek compensation for your medical expenses, out of pocket expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering due to the property’s owner negligence.
Common medical costs that may arise in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident are:
- Emergency Room Visits
- Costs for rehabilitative care
- Your stay in a hospital or another care facility
- Medications and assistive devices
- Physical therapy costs
- Pain Management costs
- Surgery costs
- Travel to and from medical appointments
- Co pays
In addition, your case may also involve time you have lost from work and therefore wages you have lost. You may be entitled to be compensated for past and future lost wages. If you are making a claim for lost wages, multiply how much you made prior to the accident in terms of your weekly or biweekly pay and multiply that by the weeks you have missed since the accident and there is your past lost wages.You can also make a claim for future lost wages.
The term “pain and suffering” doesn’t have any graph, scale or schedule to work from and in the majority of injury cases, the largest element of damages is that pain and suffering element. Physical pain and suffering are non economic damages which include loss of enjoyment of life because of pain, anxiety, and stress you feel because of your injuries.
The total compensation you receive will depend upon the extent of your injuries, the extent of your pain and suffering and the extent of your lost earnings and medical costs.
When you reach out to us for a free consultation, we’ll discuss the specific facts of your claim. Then, based on the information provided, any subsequent investigation on our office’s part, we can provide more information about your potential claim, possible damages and your legal options.
Why Work with Experienced Hempstead Slip and Fall and Trip and Fall Attorneys?
Falls can leave you with painful and debilitating injuries on top of high medical bills and lost wages. The legal processes can feel frustrating, drawn out and a waste of time, especially as you try to recover from your injuries. This is why you should hire an attorney as they will handle all aspects of your case leaving you to focus on your recovery.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go it alone, you can turn to a Hempstead slip and fall and trip and fall accident lawyer for personalized care and attention. You should have an attorney you trust, who is going to do all the heavy lifting for you and leave you with one job, the only job that your lawyer can’t do and that’s taking care of your recovery, following your doctor’s instructions and being diligent with your recovery. Your lawyer can:
- Investigate the causes of your accident to determine liability
- Determine who is responsible
- Track the losses associated with your slip and fall or trip and fall accident
- Represent you in front the Courts of New York
- Deal directly with the insurance companies
- Negotiate a settlement to compensate you for your losses or try the case before a jury if need be
Your Hempstead slip and fall and trip and fall accident attorney can help coordinate and personalize the care you receive based on your unique needs.
Our team takes your case seriously. We use our experience and legal expertise to help you with each step of your claim. We’re proud of our successes with slip and fall cases, which included assisting a client in securing $3,500,000 on a snow and ice case and also $675,000.00 to a lady who fell on snow and ice.
Who Is Responsible for Hempstead Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accidents?
Nassau County has complicated laws when determining who is responsible for your accident. People who invite others into their Hempstead property have to ensure that it is reasonably safe.
If your slip and fall or trip and fall accident happened on a sidewalk in front of a commercial property such as stores, restaurants, hotels the property and business owners in Hempstead often are the ones held responsible for slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. These individuals have a responsibility to shovel away snow and clean icy conditions on the sidewalk within reasonable time from when the snow stops. Make sure the inside of their premise is clean and free from any debris or liquids on the ground. They may also have to repair a cracked, broken or mis-leveled sidewalk.
If your fall happened in front of a one, two or three family home the Town, District,City or homeowner may be responsible depending on the facts of your case.
In addition, the injured person must prove one of three criteria: 1) The property owner caused or created the unsafe condition Or 2) they knew about the condition Or 3) or the condition was there for a long enough period of time the owner should have known of the condition.
How do Lawyers Investigate Slip and Fall Accidents?
Your Hempstead slip and fall or trip and fall accident lawyer can focus on determining liability for falls caused by snow or ice left on walkways or stairs, leaking conditions, or trip and falls on unsafe sidewalks.
Our team collects evidence directly, by:
- speaking with witnesses,
- sending investigators out to the location,
- obtains photos and surveillance footage where available and
- Obtain weather reports
- obtain any accident report related to the incident
- In addition, hiring the right experts needed to prove your case.
Reach out to us if you’ve been involved in a slip and fall or trip and fall in Hempstead, New York because a property owner failed to remove snow, ice, or slush from in front of their business in a reasonable amount of time or failed to replace a broken mis-leveled sidewalk.
How do You Resolve Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Claims in Hempstead?
If you slipped on snow or ice, slipped inside a store or tripped on an uneven sidewalk, you could file a premises liability lawsuit with the help of your slip and fall or trip and fall accident lawyer in Hempstead, New York.
In many cases, lawyers help you file a claim with the property owner’s insurance. Our lawyer’s will at the right time negotiate with insurance agents or their attorneys on your behalf, and work toward securing a settlement. If a settlement can’t be achieved with an unreasonable insurance company, we file a lawsuit and go before a judge and jury with your case.
Our attorneys can walk you through the whole process from setting up your claim to going to trial in Nassau County.
How Long do You Have to Sue for a Slip and Fall in Hempstead?
Depending on the facts of your case, you often have three years to file a lawsuit after a slip and fall or trip and fall accident that occurred in front of or inside a commercial property. After this period, the statute of limitations has expired and you will not be able to bring a lawsuit.
If your case involves a municipal entity like Nassau County or Town of Hempstead for example, that time limit is now 1 year and 90 days from the date of the accident AND you have to file a notice of claim with that municipality within 90 days of your accident.
Once the statute of limitations runs out, seeking compensation for your losses is over. Fortunately, if you consult an injury attorney at the right time, ideally immediately following an accident, you can trust that your Hempstead slip and fall or trip and fall accident attorney will monitor these deadlines very closely on your behalf.
What do Hempstead Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accident Attorneys Charge?
We take on clients on a contingency basis, meaning that you only pay our legal fees once we are successful on your claim. For negligence actions, our fee is 33.33% in addition to any expenses we outlay on your behalf. Again, we don’t get anything if we’re not successful for you but if we are it’s a 33.33% legal fee plus the expenses we laid out in your case.
An example of expenses are:
- Paying for medical records
- Paying experts
- Court filing fees
- Trial costs, doctors fees
Speak to a Lawyer After a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accident in Hempstead
You can secure legal advice and assistance from a Hempstead slip and fall or trip and Fall lawyer at the Law Offices of Darren T. Moore. You can come to us, we can come to you, we can do it by phone or by zoom and we can conduct an initial FREE consultation. If we take your case on, we’ll be professional, courteous and we will leave no stone unturned in fighting for #Moorejustice for you.
Call us or complete our online contact form to begin working on a slip-and-fall claim.