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Many slip-and-fall accidents lead to civil law suits

Property owners, managers and tenants must ensure their premises are free of hazards that could injure visitors. Many slip-and-fall accidents occur in stores in New York every year. Victims are not always sure whether they have grounds to sue because so many myths exist about premises liability lawsuits.

One myth is that there is no case, which is mostly not true because if a person slipped and fell due to the property owner's negligence, then he or she has the right to seek recovery of damages. Even in cases in which there was a sign posted to warn about a dangerous area, there might be a viable case. Proving negligence might be more challenging, but the fact that a sign is posted at a hazard does not remove the property owner's responsibilities.

Sometimes victims think they are only entitled to compensation for physical injuries. However, any pain and suffering, loss of life enjoyment or other emotional and psychological damage can form part of the documented claims. There is also no need for the victim to leave personal belongings as evidence at the slip-and-fall scene. In deed, he or she may be entitled to take certain evidence to justify the claim.

When people in New York are injured in slip-and-fall accidents that resulted from the negligence of property owners, they may pursue claims for financial relief. However, some think that such a lawsuit can be filed at any time. This is not true, and consulting with an experienced premises liability attorney can clarify the time limits related to such a lawsuit. The lawyer can also provide the necessary guidance and support throughout any legal proceedings that ensue.

Source: FindLaw, "5 Slip and Fall Lawsuit Myths", Christopher Coble, Accessed on Sept. 21, 2017

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