Time can be an important factor in building not only a winning case but a case that will get Bronx Slip and Fall Lawyer clients the settlements they deserve and need for dealing with medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering caused by someone else’s negligence. The psychological damage of an accident can take a toll, too, leaving someone afraid to walk to their job or do daily activities. They become a shell of themselves and need psychological care in addition to physical rehabilitation as a result of injuries from the accident.
A Bronx Slip and Fall Lawyer has top investigators standing by to reconstruct your slip-and-fall accident, interview witnesses, have experts evaluate the site where you are hurt, subpoena any video evidence, and do anything we possibly can to hold responsible the person or company that caused an unsafe condition.
There are things you can do to make your case stronger:
- Keep your cool and call 9-1-1 to report the incident to the police. Having a police report filed with the details of your accident will make the case easier to settle.
- Get the names of the officer who responded and the paramedics who treated you.
- Use your cellphone to photograph or video as many details of your accident as possible. The business or individual where your accident occurred is not going to encourage this, but it’s important that you do it.
- Get medical attention for your injuries as soon as you can. You may not need a ride to the hospital, but get treatment at an emergency room or urgent care doctor as soon as possible. Having a medical evaluation of your injuries as soon after the accident as possible is very important.
- Call a Bronx Slip and Fall Lawyer at Feiner & Lavy to have your case evaluated as soon as you are able.
Four Answers to Slip-and-Fall Accident and Injury Questions
What can cause a slip-and-fall accident to happen?
Slip-and-fall accidents can happen almost anywhere. Building lobbies made slick by rain, an ice-covered sidewalk in winter, a grape on a market floor, a carelessly laid broomstick handle on a subway platform are common culprits that can lead to a slip-and-fall accident. Of course, there are many different things that can lead to a slip-and-fall accident, but a water hazard on a floor and equipment carelessly left lying on the ground becoming a tripping hazard are two of the top causes. Of course, they aren’t the only causes. Crumbling or uneven sidewalks, poorly maintained escalators, stretched carpet that has bunched up, a carelessly laid electrical cord or hose are also good candidates for causing a slip-and-fall accident that can result in a serious injury.
What kind of injuries are suffered in slip-and-fall accidents?
There are a wide variety of injuries that can occur, but some of the more common injuries involve broken bones, soft tissue injuries like damaged tendons and ligaments or broken teeth that need expensive dental work to be repaired. Those are the basic injuries. However, there can be terrible injuries that can cause a lifetime of suffering. Someone falling backward and slamming their head on the sidewalk can suffer traumatic brain injury. Other terrible injuries can include someone shattering an elbow or shoulder needing several surgeries, a back or neck injury that can persist for years, needing knee replacement or losing a limb due to complications. If you don’t have insurance or the insurance only partially covers your medical costs, the medical costs can be very high. Consider this: a knee replacement could cost as much as $70,000 at a New York City hospital, and rehabilitation costs could run another $20,000! Given these stakes, it is essential to have a great Bronx Slip and Fall Lawyer fighting for you.
How long will my case take?
While there is no set timeframe and there are exceptions of extremely fast and extremely lengthy times to resolve a claim, a case will likely take several months. The complexity of the case, the amount in damages being sought, and the number of other parties involved will impact the case time. There are cases that are quickly settled out of court and other times where, no matter how hard we try to settle, a case will go to court. For the most part, there will be a lot of interviews, questions that need to be answered, and documents submitted by your Bronx Slip and Fall Lawyer at Feiner & Lavy. Our best advice, however, is to enter this process with the idea of staying patient and seeing it through to the end.
How much should I expect to win in a slip-and-fall accident case? How much will it cost me?
The nature of your case and your injuries will determine how much we can reasonably pursue and ultimately collect. The unfortunate reality is that the more severe your injuries and the greater the negligence, the higher the settlement. We’ve had a few big settlements for some cases. In one instance, we won $2.7 million in a slip-and-fall accident in an apartment building that required the victim to undergo painful back surgery. In another case, we won $1.5 million from a national retailer when a fall led to a fractured vertebra. These are big settlements, and they can happen.
The truth is that there are no reliable public statistics on settlement amounts, but most personal injury cases are settled for less than $50,000. Your case will depend on the negligence of the other party, severity of your injuries, pain-and-suffering, emotional and psychological distress, lost wages and other factors, and you could be entitled to much more money than you realize.
Personal injury cases are almost always done on a contingency basis, which means that you split the settlement with your attorney. Typically, 33% of the settlement will go to your attorney and 67% will remain with you. Let’s use the $50,000 figure as an example of a settlement. This would mean that your attorney would receive $16,500. But before you arrive at your final figure, there are expenses like an investigator and filing costs. If those amount to $1,500, it is usually billed to the client’s portion of the settlement, leaving $31,000 for the client. But if there is no settlement, you owe your attorney nothing.
With more than 80 years of combined experience in Bronx slip-and-fall cases, Feiner & Lavy has a broad range of resources available to help you win the settlement you deserve. We pride ourselves on our level of determination and will not stop until our clients’ cases are resolved with the highest possible payout. If you’ve had a slip-and-fall accident, call us today at 212-393-9130 for a free consultation.