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What to do if you have fallen:

Slips, trips and falls on property is called Premises Liability. In order to recover for injuries sustained in a fall you must be able to prove:

* Exactly what caused you to fall (broken step, hole or crack in the sidewalk or pavement, ice, snow, debris)
* Exactly where you fell (street address, aisle in the store, which particular stair (e.g. third from the bottom), where on a subway platform (e.g. near a pole with a particular marking)
* When you fell (date and time)
* How you fell. (Slipped, tripped, stepping onto your right or left foot)

If you fall in a store, supermarket, mall, theater, subway platform, or any other place REPORT YOUR ACCIDENT!!!

Take pictures of what caused you to fall. Get the names and contact information (address, phone number, e-mail) from witnesses. Witnesses to your fall and witnesses who can identify what caused you to fall. New York law requires that you be able to prove the property owner knew the defective condition existed, should have known the condition existed or created the condition that caused your fall. If you fall on a sidewalk for example, a store owner or a resident in the area may have seen the broken sidewalk for weeks or months or years before your fall. It is important in a sidewalk case that you identify the exact address where you fell. The owner of the building is responsible for the sidewalk in front of the building. If you fall in a building due to a broken step, a resident of the building may have complained to the landlord or superintendent about the broken step. Another kind of premises liability case can involve a defective elevator. If an elevator drops or mis-levels when you are getting on or off be sure you note which elevator was defective. Another kind of premises liability case can be a slip and fall on snow or ice. If the storm had stopped and the owner of the property tried to clear the snow but did so improperly making the sidewalk more dangerous than if nothing had been done at all, the landowner is responsible if you fall and are injured. Take pictures, get witness information. This information will help prove your case. Remember “No Fee Until Your Case is Successfully Resolved”.

What to do if you are injured while working at a Construction Site:
New York State Labor Laws do protect workers. But the insurance companies will stop at nothing to weaken those protections. The insurance companies have “investigators” stationed in cities where there is active construction going on. If an accident happens and a worker is injured they will arrive on the site and “investigate". If you fell or if something fell and injured you, you must report that. The insurance company will try to obtain statements from your coworkers or supervisors and try to blame you for your accident. Don’t give any statements to these investigators or to anyone unless you talk to your lawyer. You don’t have to, so don’t do it. What should you do? Report the accident to your employer if you can. Tell one of your coworkers if you got injured because you fell or something fell on you.

Below are links to resources that may assist your case.

Remember “No Fee Until Your Case is Successfully Resolved”