Rochester, NY Slip & Fall Attorney
Representing Victims Injured on Public or Private Property
Slip and fall accidents are common and can happen anywhere. From grocery stores and public parks to parking lots and shopping malls, a property owner’s simple oversight or carelessness can cause another individual serious injuries and pain. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident or another type of premises liability accident, King Law is here to help. Robert King is an experienced trial lawyer who knows how to prepare and litigate all types of personal injury claim. We listen to your case and works closely with you to make sure your needs are adequately met.
Leading Causes of Slip & Falls
Common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
Winter Slips & Falls
Winter personal injuries can happen unexpectedly, especially when slips and falls occur on icy or slick surfaces. It is important for anyone who has sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident to remember that a property owner—whether it is a friend and neighbor or a business owner—has a duty to ensure that the property is reasonably safe and free from hazards that could cause a serious injury. Yet just because someone has a duty to make sure that their property is not dangerous to others does not mean that all property owners will do so. As such, slips and falls can happen, particularly in winter months when walkways or stairs may be icy, or melting snow might lead to a slick entryway. Many winter slips and falls occur on property where ice is “nearly invisible,” and it may be difficult to recognize the danger.
Property Owners Cannot Be Negligent in Handling an Unsafe Condition on the Property
If you are invited onto another party’s property—that is, if you are lawfully on the property for any reason—that property owner has a duty to handle any unsafe conditions on the property to ensure that you do not face an unreasonable risk of injury. What does it mean to be invited onto a property? In short, if you are on someone else’s property for any of the following reasons, you are likely on the property lawfully:
- You are a potential customer (e.g., you are picking up takeout food at a restaurant, you are grocery shopping, or you are just browsing in a clothing store);
- You are visiting someone (e.g., a neighbor, friend, or family member); or
- You are on public property (e.g., in a public park).
When you are lawfully on property, the property owner owes you a duty of care. What does this mean? If the property owner knows or should know about a dangerous condition on that property—like an icy walkway, or snow melt liquid in the foyer that could cause a slip and fall—that property owner has a duty to clean up or repair the issue, or take other actions to ensure that you do not suffer an injury. If the property owner cannot quickly remedy the problem, that property owner should warn people about the dangerous condition or rope it off. The failure to do so can constitute negligence, and you may be able to file a slip and fall claim against the property owner.
If you get hurt in a winter slip and fall, you can face significant financial losses, from hospital bills to lost wages if you cannot work. Accordingly, you should be asking: Can I file a claim for my winter slip and fall injury? You certainly may be able to file a claim for financial compensation, and we encourage you to seek advice about your particular case from an experienced Rochester slip and fall lawyer.
How Do I Prove a Slip and Fall Claim?
Again, to prove a slip and fall claim, you will need to prove that the property owner was negligent in maintaining the property and that this negligence is responsible for your injuries.
You may have a valid slip and fall claim if all of the following applies:
Recovering Compensation After a Slip & Fall Injury
Regardless of what caused or injuries, the team at King Law can investigate the causes, identify who is liable, and help you hold property owners accountable for their negligence. The firm knows what it takes to maximize your personal injury claim and to make sure that you are able to receive the fair and just compensation you need to recover with peace of mind. The firm is available 24/7 to answer your questions or respond to emergencies.
Reach King Law by calling (585) 270-8882 today.