Slip & Fall Accidents

Poughkeepsie Slip & Fall Attorneys

Helping Victims of Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents in Dutchess County

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen anywhere, at any time, and to anyone. When they do, victims can suffer serious injuries, including broken bones, head trauma, and back injuries. In some cases, slip and fall accidents are fatal.

At Basch & Keegan LLP, we understand the devastating impact a slip and fall accident can have on your life. If you or someone you love was injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our Poughkeepsie slip-and-fall lawyers can help you understand your rights and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed.

Call (845) 251-4545 or contact us online for a free, confidential consultation.

Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents

A slip-and-fall accident refers to an incident where a person slips, trips, or falls on someone else's property due to hazardous conditions, resulting in injury. These accidents can happen in various places, such as public areas, workplaces, or private properties.

Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents include:

  • Wet or Uneven Surfaces: Spills, wet floors, freshly mopped areas, or surfaces with irregularities like cracked pavement or uneven flooring can lead to slips or trips.
  • Weather Conditions: Snow, ice, rain, or other weather-related factors can create slippery conditions on walking surfaces.
  • Lack of Warning Signs: Failure to place warning signs near wet or slippery areas can contribute to accidents.
  • Poor Lighting: Inadequate lighting can make it difficult for individuals to see obstacles or hazards in their path.
  • Improperly Maintained Floors: Worn-out carpets, loose floorboards, or torn rugs can cause someone to trip and fall.
  • Obstructed Pathways: Clutter, debris, or objects left in walkways can obstruct the path and cause someone to trip.
  • Inadequate Maintenance of Stairs and Handrails: Broken steps, loose handrails, or lack of proper maintenance on staircases can lead to falls.
  • Improperly Installed Floor Mats: Mats or rugs that are not properly secured or have curled edges can pose tripping hazards.
  • Unexpected Changes in Floor Elevation: Sudden changes in floor levels without proper indication or warning can cause people to trip.
  • Footwear or Clothing Issues: Wearing shoes with worn-out soles or loose clothing that drags on the ground can increase the risk of slipping or tripping.
  • Spilled Food or Beverages: In restaurants, grocery stores, or food courts, spilled food or beverages can create slippery surfaces.
  • Poorly Designed Walking Surfaces: Surfaces with inherently poor traction or slippery materials can contribute to slip-and-fall incidents.
  • Construction or Renovation Hazards: Work areas with construction materials, exposed wires, or temporary barriers can pose risks to passersby.
  • Negligence in Property Maintenance: Neglecting routine inspections and maintenance of a property can lead to the accumulation of hazards over time.

Proving Liability in a Slip & Fall Accident in New York

In New York, to succeed in a slip-and-fall lawsuit and hold the property owner liable, several elements need to be established:

  1. Duty of Care: The property owner or manager owed you a duty of care. This means they were responsible for maintaining reasonably safe conditions on their premises for visitors or customers.
  2. Breach of Duty: You must prove that the property owner breached this duty by either creating a hazardous condition or failing to address it despite being aware or reasonably expected to be aware of it.
  3. Causation: You need to demonstrate that the hazardous condition directly caused your slip-and-fall accident and subsequent injuries. This involves showing a clear link between the property owner's negligence and the incident.
  4. Notice: If the property owner didn't create the hazardous condition, you'll need to prove they had sufficient notice of the hazard. This can be actual notice (they knew about it) or constructive notice (they should have known about it through reasonable inspection).
  5. Damages: You must have suffered actual damages as a result of the slip-and-fall accident. These damages can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, or other losses directly related to the incident.

Gathering evidence is crucial to support these elements. This may involve documenting the scene of the accident, obtaining witness statements, collecting medical records, and possibly presenting expert testimony to establish negligence or the extent of injuries.

New York operates under a comparative negligence rule, meaning if it's found that you were partly responsible for the accident (for instance, if you were not paying attention), your compensation might be reduced based on your degree of fault. It's essential to navigate the legal process carefully with the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney specializing in premises liability cases in New York to ensure your rights are protected and your case is presented effectively.

Why Choose Us?

At Basch & Keegan LLP, we understand the complexities of slip-and-fall accident cases in New York. Our Poughkeepsie slip-and-fall accident attorneys are dedicated to fighting for your rights and ensuring that every aspect of your case is meticulously handled. From gathering compelling evidence to navigating the legal intricacies and advocating on your behalf, we stand by you every step of the way.

With our expertise and commitment to securing fair compensation for your injuries, you can trust us to pursue the justice and resolution you deserve. Let us be your advocates and champions in seeking the compensation and support you need to move forward.

Contact us today at (845) 251-4545 to let our team protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process.

Client Testimonials

  • Genuinely concerned and dedicated.

    “I was severely injured in a head-on accident. Basch & Keegan LLP handled my case over the past 3.5 years and I highly recommend them. The team genuinely understood my TBI, took the time to listen, and showed how it truly impacts my daily life. They kept in regular contact, always answered questions, and showed genuine concern for me and my family. The outcome was successful because of their dedication and hard work. This firm fights for you and gets results! We cannot recommend them enough.”

  • Extremely helpful and informative.

    “Came to Basch & Keegan LLP in 2019 with a slip-and-fall case. Everyone was extremely helpful and informative through every step. Very happy with the outcome of my case. Highly recommend this amazing firm!”

  • Treated me like family.

    “When you get hurt, call Basch & Keegan LLP. They truly are the best in every way. The attorneys are graceful and powerful in the courtroom and treated me like family. They secured more and more money over a 7-year period with more on the way. Highly recommended!”

  • This firm will fight for you and get results! We cannot recommend them enough!

    “Above everything, John and Katie showed genuine concern for me and my family. It’s clear how passionate John is about his work and doing what’s best for his clients.”

  • I will certainly recommend Maureen Keegan in the future!

    “Throughout the 2+ years, Maureen Keegan continued to persevere on my behalf, contacting doctors, etc. and continually informing me of the status of my case.”

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