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.

  • $850,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 65 year old male driving his motor vehicle at approximately 3:00 a.m. when a tour bus pulled out from a parking lot. Plaintiff was driving straight and struck the middle of the tour bus on the driver's side. Defendant claimed that he was stopped in the roadway waiting to make a left hand turn and plaintiff had ample to see the tour bus and avoid a collision.

    Defendant additionally argued the reflectors on the side of the bus would make the bus clearly visible and that plaintiff was fatigued from work. Plaintiff suffered broken ribs and a fractured hip requiring an open reduction and necessitating plaintiff walk with the assistance of a cane.

  • $600,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 38 year old livery cab driver. He parked his car at the end of his shift in the dispatch garage and was walking to the office. Another car entered the garage at an unreasonable speed and skidded on oil that was left pooling by the owner of the garage. The car pinned plaintiff up against the garage wall breaking his left tibia and fibula and causing him to suffer permanent limp.

    Defendants claimed there was a safe egress from the garage and plaintiff was responsible for putting himself in harm's way. Additionally, defendants submitted surveillance video of plaintiff participating in recreational sports.

  • $555,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 33 year old man who was riding his bicycle through an intersection when he was struck by a motor vehicle and injured his left knee. Plaintiff suffered a torn ACL requiring surgery an extensive rehabilitation. Plaintiff's injury resulted in a 1 inch atrophy of the left quadriceps muscle. Defendant claimed his motor vehicle was stopped at a red light when plaintiff rode off the sidewalk and struck the right front quarter panel of the vehicle.

  • $395,000 Settlement at Jury Selection

    Plaintiff is a seventy year old woman that slipped on ice in her apartment complex owned by the New York City Housing Authority. She suffered a bimalleolar fracture with an avulsion fracture of the medial malleolus requiring an open reduction and insertion of hardware. Defendant claimed they did not have ample opportunity to remove the snow and ice since it had snowed over two feet in the twenty four hours before the accident. Through discovery and further investigation it was revealed that an employee of the defendant was directed to remove the snow and ice from the subject area, but refused his assignment. The area in question, therefore, remained untended for an unreasonably long period of time.

  • $390,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff, a 38 year old female was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Suffolk County. Plaintiff underwent surgery consisting of a mini-open retro-peritoneal exposure of the lumbar spine with an anterior lumbar interbody decompression and fusion; partial vertebral corpectomy and a lumbar implant L5-S1. Defendant argued that the impact and damage to the motor vehicle was not significant and that plaintiff had a prior accident resulting in her undergoing MRI’s evidencing significant lumbar injuries.

  • $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.

  • $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.

  • $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.

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