Experienced Albany Slip-And-Fall Lawyers
Thousands of people are injured each year in this country from slip-and-fall accidents, resulting in serious personal injuries and sometimes, even death. Those injuries are often the result of someone else’s negligence.
Slip-and-fall accidents can lead to prolonged pain and suffering, lost wages and costly medical bills. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, the lawyers at Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC, in Albany New York can address your legal needs. Based in the Capital District, our attorneys handle slip-and-fall cases throughout the region.
Why Do Slip-And-Fall Accidents Occur?
Property owners are responsible for keeping their premises in a reasonably safe condition. This is true for residential, public and commercial properties. When they fail to do so, they can be held accountable through a personal injury case called a premises liability claim.
Some examples of unsafe conditions include:
- Slippery walking surfaces resulting from unsalted or unshoveled surfaces following a snowstorm
- Deteriorated walkways
- Poorly lit or unsafe stairways
- Missing or broken handrails
- Slippery floors
Unsafe property conditions can occur anywhere. Frequently, premises liability claims involve places such as:
- Commercial venues such as supermarkets and malls
- Workplaces, including construction sites and industrial buildings
- Office buildings
- Entertainment premises such as restaurants, nightclubs and concert venues
- Medical and therapy facilities
These accidents can cause severe injuries that are costly and require prolonged recovery. You shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences of a slip-and-fall injury that was the result of a property owner’s carelessness. For these reasons, it’s important to consult with an attorney. Our lawyers will tell you if you have a case, at no cost for consultation.
Steps To Take After A Slip-And-Fall
After a slip-and-fall accident, your health and well-being are always the priority. You should:
- Seek medical attention immediately and start keeping a record of your medical bills and diagnosis. Most importantly, make sure that you are following your doctor’s directions.
- If you are able, take photos and write down what happened. Note the weather conditions and what shoes you were wearing. Every little piece of evidence is valuable information to enable your attorney to help you obtain the highest possible recovery on your behalf.
- Talk to witnesses and ask for their contact information if possible. You may also be required to fill out an accident report if you are at a commercial venue.
The lawyers at Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC, also recommend that you do not discuss your case with insurance representatives before talking with us. Also, you should not sign any document until you seek legal advice. Otherwise, you may end up giving up important rights or settling your case for far less than what you deserve.
Investigating A Slip-And-Fall Claim Takes A Skilled Attorney
Slip-and-fall accident claims require careful investigation. We know how to act quickly to gather and preserve evidence. For example, we will secure photos and security camera footage to document the dangerous property condition. We will pinpoint witnesses and obtain their statements. When warranted, we will also work with a professional engineer to analyze the condition and if necessary, testify in court about the dangerous condition and how it contributed to your injuries. Put simply, we have the resources, skills and knowledge it takes to conduct a thorough investigation and help you pursue your rights.
Why Hire Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC, After A Slip And Fall Accident?
With 100 years of combined experience, our slip-and-fall lawyers have handled thousands of slip and fall cases, many like yours. This means that they know New York’s slip and fall laws and how to handle the case right, from start to finish. They also understand that the impact of the injury on your life is unique to you. They will fight to get you the full compensation you deserve.
Injuries from slip and falls can have lasting injuries requiring ongoing treatment and permanent disability. The slip-and-fall attorneys at Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC, will handle the legal process so you can focus on your recovery. Contact us today to get started.
Frequently Asked Questions About Slip-And-Fall Cases
Below are some common questions about slip-and-fall accidents. Remember that every case is different, so you should talk with one of our lawyers with questions you have regarding your specific situation.
What if an accident occurred on someone else’s private property?
Private property owners have a legal duty to keep their property safe. If you are injured on private property, you will most likely be able to get compensation from the homeowner. Homeowners’ insurance is often the source of compensation for these cases. However, it’s essential to prove that the homeowner’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident. Our attorneys will seek the necessary evidence to support a strong claim.
What kinds of injuries can result from a slip-and-fall accident?
Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall injuries may cause serious injuries with sometimes long-term effects, including:
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones, including broken hips, arms and legs
- Back and neck injuries
- Sprains and strains
Getting prompt medical treatment after a slip-and-fall accident will help to ensure that you get the right diagnosis and treatment and provide a strong record of the evidence that can help you secure adequate compensation later on.
What do I have to prove to hold the property owner responsible for a slip and fall or trip-and-fall accident?
To hold a property owner accountable, the following must be proven:
- The property owner caused or allowed to exist the dangerous condition that caused or contributed to your fall.
- The property owner knew or should have known (i.e., constructive notice), about the dangerous property condition and didn’t do anything about it.
Constructive notice relates to what a property owner “should have known.” It is not always black and white or easy to prove. This is what our experienced lawyers know best – being able to prove that the condition existed long enough that a reasonable person would have known about it.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Albany?
The limit to file most personal injury cases is three years from the date of the injury in cases involving residential or commercial property owners. If the property owner is a municipality, a claim must be filed as soon as 90 days following the accident to preserve the right to proceed with a lawsuit. There are other deadlines as well, depending upon the specific entity being sued. The sooner you retain us, the sooner we can ensure that a claim is timely filed and get to work on your behalf.
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Contact Our Slip-And-Fall Lawyers Today
The attorneys at Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC, have successfully handled slip-and-fall claims for over four decades. They have obtained record breaking multimillion-dollar settlements and awards for their clients. In fact, they often educate other attorneys through state and local bar association seminars.
If you’ve been injured in a trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall accident in the Albany, New York, area, call Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC, at 518-328-4486 or contact us online for a free consultation.