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How to Successfully Prove a Slip and Fall Case

Jed Dietrich, Esq., Highly Praised as a New York Super Lawyer and Best Attorney of America, and His Team of Persistent and Diligent Attorneys at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., Renowned as an American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm, Fight to Secure the Highest Compensation for Victims Seriously Injured in Slip and Fall Accidents Throughout Western New York.

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Slip and fall accidents can occur in various situations and seem to transpire when least expected. Customers, residents, and visitors count on landowners to safely maintain their properties and prevent unnecessary danger. Whether you have injuries from falling because of an uneven surface or slipping on spilled liquid, these types of accidents can cause severe physical and emotional trauma. Slip and fall incidents commonly result in painful injuries, such as broken wrists, hip fractures, neck and back injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Depending on the gravity of injuries suffered, victims may be bedridden and forced to miss work. Without incoming paychecks, hospital bills and other expenses can start piling up.

Most falls could easily be prevented if property owners simply used reasonable care. Under New York law, owners have a legal duty to correct potentially unsafe conditions even in situations where the underlying cause is out of their hands. Nevertheless, slip and fall incidents are often caused by the property owner, manager, or employee’s negligence or carelessness. If you have been badly injured after slipping and falling, it would be a wise decision to consult with a battle-tested personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. When property owners neglect to fulfill their legal duties, victims can pursue monetary compensation under the legal theory of premises liability law.

Jed Dietrich, Esq. has ruthlessly disputed with defense lawyers and insurance adjusters to obtain over $175 Million in verdicts and settlements for injured victims in Buffalo, New York, throughout New York State, and beyond. At the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., our best of the best team knows all the ins and outs of the legal process and understands exactly what is needed to obtain the maximum possible compensation for your claim. We offer complimentary case evaluations and consultations. We promise to always treat you with the compassion and respect that you deserve. Our zealous team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (716) 839-3939, or by completing the online consultation form.

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Unfortunately, slip and falls are a common occurrence. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), these types of accidents account for over 1 million hospital emergency room visits annually. Slip and fall accidents can occur in both public and private places, including restaurants, grocery stores, retail outlets, apartment complexes, and people's homes. The following dangerous conditions frequently cause slip and falls, including:

  1. Slippery, wet, or over-waxed floors;
  2. Freshly mopped floors, without any caution signs;
  3. Spilled food and drinks that are not cleaned punctually;
  4. Broken or cracked flooring;
  5. Insufficiently maintained staircases;
  6. Missing or broken handrails;
  7. Inadequate lighting;
  8. Lifted mats or rugs;
  9. Ripped or frayed carpets;
  10. Blocked or obstructed hallways and aisles;
  11. Ice or snow on sidewalks and in parking lots; 
  12. Cracked or raised sidewalks; and
  13. Loose stones on walkways.

Through routine inspections, proper maintenance, securing potential tripping hazards, mopping up spills, and repairing defective conditions, property owners can properly remedy unsafe conditions. Failing to correct unsafe conditions within a timely manner can make owners liable in cases where a victim suffers injuries.



Demonstrating Liability In Slip And Fall Accidents

The victim carries the burden of proof in slip and fall accidents. In order to recover monetary compensation, the victim must show that he or she was hurt because of the negligence or irresponsibility of someone else. As mentioned above, property owners must keep their premises up to reasonable safety standards and remedy all hazards. Owners can be held accountable for conditions that led to the fall because of actions they improperly took or neglected to take when required. It is important to demonstrate that the landowner or their employees knew about the potential hazard or should have known about it yet failed to take necessary action to fix it. Lastly, victims should be able to show that the unsafe condition caused them to suffer tangible injuries. Evidence that our seasoned attorneys frequently use to prove liability in slip and fall lawsuits includes:

  1. Incident reports;
  2. Inspection logbooks;
  3. Emails showing that the property owner was aware of the situation;
  4. Receipts of any previous repairs for the same problem;
  5. Statements from witnesses;
  6. Photos of the hazardous condition;
  7. Security camera footage;
  8. Medical bills and records;
  9. Records of similar mishaps; and
  10. Testimony from expert witnesses.

If you would like more information on proving negligence in a slip and fall lawsuit, please contact our highly experienced attorneys. Our veteran lawyers are available to answer all of your queries and assess the strength of your claim. Slip and fall incidents commonly involve acute injuries and other losses that must be amply proven and effectively negotiated by a practiced attorney. The sooner you hire the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., the faster our battle-tested attorneys can begin collecting crucial evidence and building a persuasive case. Acclaimed as an Attorney and Practice Magazine's Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney, Jed Dietrich, Esq. will zealously litigate to obtain the best possible outcome for your claim. This may include compensation for damages, such as hospital bills, lost wages, diminished future earning capacity, pain and suffering, permanent disabilities, loss of enjoyment, and all other unforeseen adverse consequences. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his elite team, are available twenty-four-seven at (716) 839-3939 or by filling out the online consultation form.

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at (716) 839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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