Pursue Compensation for Trip and Fall Injuries

Long Island Trip & Fall Attorney

Trip & Fall vs. Slip & Fall

Trip and fall accidents, like slip and fall accidents, often happen in high-traffic walking areas including retail stores, parking lots, restaurants and stairways. If the busy walking paths on these properties are not properly maintained and kept clear of potentially hazardous debris, visitors may be subjected to the risk of a tripping, falling and seriously injuring themselves.

Although the consequences of a trip and fall may be similar to that of a slip and fall, the circumstances of these accidents are slightly different, which may be obvious when looking at their respective names. Slip and fall accidents most commonly occur when a spill has been left on the floor or a freshly cleaned walking surface has not been marked with the appropriate warning signs, thus leaving visitors susceptible to a slip and fall.

Common Causes of a Trip and Fall

Trip and fall accidents most commonly occur when an object has been left in the middle of a busy walkway or a walking surface has not been constructed in accordance to the proper building codes, thus leaving visitors susceptible to a trip and fall. Although the cause of these accidents may be different, the result is often the same. One may suffer a serious head injury — especially if the fall was from a significant height — a spinal cord injury, broken bones or in extreme cases, death. Many people do not realize how damaging these types of accidents can be, but they have been known to leave victims catastrophically injured in more serious cases. For this reason, you should not hesitate to explore your legal options if you have been involved in a trip and fall accident on someone else's negligently maintained property.

Understanding New York's Premises Liability Laws

According to the premises liability laws in Long Island, NY, property owners are responsible for providing their visitors with a reasonably safe and secure environment. This means that they must take the appropriate measures to regularly maintain walking surfaces and remedy any potentially hazardous conditions. Should they fail to do so, they may be liable for providing the victim of a trip and fall accident with compensation. In order to successfully pursue a personal injury case, however, the victim must be able to prove that the property owner and/or manager has knowingly failed to clear away a potential tripping danger or that they should have recognized and remedied the problem—in the event that they deny having prior knowledge of the dangerous conditions.

This can be difficult to do without sufficient evidence, however, so it is critical that you act quickly after being involved in such an accident. By enlisting the help of a Long Island personal injury attorney early on in the process, you can rest assured that the appropriate steps will be taken to collect evidence, speak to witnesses and investigate the circumstances of the accident.

For this reason, the legal team at The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. urges you to get in touch with our firm immediately if you have been injured in a trip and fall accident.

Consult with a Long Island Personal Injury Lawyer Today

At The Odierno Law Firm, P.C., we understand how serious the consequences of a trip and fall accident can be. For this reason, we have dedicated our time to assisting wrongfully injured victims, like yourself, in pursuing the level of compensation that they deserve. Whether you were injured while visiting a busy retail store or while entering a neighbor's poorly maintained home, we would like to hear about your case.

To get in touch with a knowledgeable lawyer at our firm, simply call our office today for a complimentary consultation. From there, we will be able to advise you on how to proceed.

We Have Recovered OVER 100 MILLION DOLLARS

  • $1.2 Million Dollar Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff was driving his motor vehicle straight when defendant, who was legally drunk, crossed over a divider and struck the plaintiff's car head on. Plaintiff was the only occupant in the car and died instantly. Plaintiff had dependent wife and teenage son.

  • $1.6 Million Dollar Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 50 year old man who was doing repair work on a residential residence in Suffolk County. He was on a ladder when several bricks in the patio supporting the ladder gave way causing him to fall to the ground. The homeowner was negligent due to the improper construction and maintenance of the brick patio. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his pelvis, back, neck and legs and is disabled from future work.

  • $175,000 UM Arbitration

    Plaintiff is a 65 year old man who was injured when walking to his car parked on the street in front of a house he was visiting. Plaintiff was struck and knocked to the ground by an unidentified driver. Plaintiff reported the accident to the police and sought evaluation at the hospital. Plaintiff did not treat for one month after the accident as he was suffering from unrelated physical ailments. When plaintiff did seek treatment it was determined he suffered a torn ligament in his hip. Plaintiff’s doctor opined that the only remedy was surgery and plaintiff was not a candidate because of his COPD. Defendant contested the validity of the occurrence as well as the causation of the injury. Defendant cited the plaintiff’s previous injuries and accidents claiming his hip injury was a consequence of prior falls as well related to his history of arthritis.

  • $200,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff was a 26 year old male who died during a house fire occurring in Suffolk County. The defendant, who is the owner of the house admitted that she could not credibly testify the smoke detectors were operational as they were not checked regularly. Defendant home owner also admitted that the batteries used in the smoke detectors were never changed to her knowledge. Counsel for the defendant alleged that the plaintiff engaged in culpable conduct in the origin and subsequent spreading of the fire. Counsel also attempted to limit damages by emphasizing plaintiff did not have any dependents.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 32 year old woman who was driving her motor vehicle and stopped at a red light when her car was struck in the rear by another motor vehicle. Plaintiff suffered horizontal tears of the anterior horns of the medial and lateral menisci of the right knee with traumatic chondromalacia. Plaintiff's injuries necessitated multiple injections to her right knee as well as two arthroscopic surgeries.

    Plaintiff's surgeon opined that a total knee replacement is a possibility as plaintiff ages because her injuries will exacerbate the normal degenerative changes. Defendant argued that Plaintiff made a full recovery as she was able to return to work without limiting the scope of her duties.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 54 year old woman who was exiting her motor vehicle when she slipped and fell on ice and snow in defendant's parking lot. Plaintiff sustained a fracture of her left ankle requiring surgery. Defendant claimed that they plowed, sanded and salted the parking in a reasonable manner and furthermore plaintiff did not suffer any residual limitations from the injury and resulting surgery.

  • $250,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 62 year old male who experienced car trouble on a busy highway at 9:00 p.m. He proceeded to pull off to the side of the roadway and open the hood. As he was standing in front of his car working under the hood the defendant was driving his motor vehicle and did not see plaintiff's car.

    Defendant struck the plaintiff's stopped car in the rear causing plaintiff to be catapulted ten feet into the air. Plaintiff landed on the roadway and suffered a severely herniated disc at L4-L5 requiring him to wear a hard back brace at all times. Defendant claims plaintiff was responsible for the accident as plaintiff did not maintain any lights or warning that his car was stopped and encroaching into a traffic lane.

  • $295,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 43 year old women who was driving her motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff suffered thoracic and lumbar herniated discs requiring a posterolateral spinal fusion at T11 – L2, segmental pedicle fixation at T11-L2 and an iliac crest bone graft. Defendant conceded liability but claimed the injury was degenerative as there was no visible damage to the motor vehicle plaintiff was operating.

  • $300,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: The plaintiff is a 38 year old male who was stopped in traffic when his vehicle was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff was awarded summary judgment on liability and the matter proceeded to trial on damages. The plaintiff suffered a lumbar herniated disc requiring a fusion and laminectomy.

    Defendant claimed that the plaintiff's injury was not related to the accident as he suffers from severe Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Defendant also obtained surveillance footage of plaintiff working at a construction site carrying various heavy objects. Case settled after jury selection and before opening statements.

  • $350,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 33 year old male driving his motorcycle straight when the defendant attempted to make a right turn and struck the side of plaintiff's motorcycle. Defendant claimed he followed a turn arrow and that the plaintiff rode through a steady red light. Defendant also claimed that according to plaintiff's own doctors he made an excellent recovery and suffered no restrictions.

    Plaintiff suffered a fracture of his right tibia and fibula requiring surgery. Defendant was found to be 100% liable at trial and offered a $100,000 settlement. Plaintiff refused the offer and obtained a jury verdict.

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