According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention, a million Americans suffer from slip and fall injuries, annually. Out of these, nearly 17,000 succumb to death due to these injuries. Out of these, a fair share comes from slip and fall accidents NYC.
The number is quite scary. Right?
Nonetheless, whether it is a wrongful death case or a personal injury claim, the victims are entitled to compensation. The compensation is paid due in the monetary value of the damages, recovery, and medical treatments.
How to file a claim?
To begin with, the first thing you ought to do when injured in a slip and fall accident is filing a claim. Usually, the claim is filed with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Let’s take an example. Say you were playing at the poolside in a hotel lobby. Ideally, the hotel staff must ensure proper security and safety around pools. Of course, there are chances someone may slip on a wet floor and sustain injuries. In such a case, the injured is entitled to file a personal injury claim with the hotel’s staff or management.
When filing a claim for personal injury, it is important to be able to prove fault.
Proving the fault
Ideally, you’ll need several pieces of evidence to establish the fault for the hotel management. Surveillance footage, witnesses of the incidence, and timing registers of the hotel staff can all help in this context.
In short, you’ll need to gather as many proofs as possible, to support your claim. According to the experts at the Law Offices Of Louis Grandelli, P.C. explain that both, the at-fault party and their insurer would try their best to nullify your claim. Or at least, try to reduce the compensation value for your claim.
Understanding who holds liability
Liability is a great threat to anyone, be it a business or an individual. And, of course, it could cost thousands of dollars in compensation to be paid.
You won’t want to file a claim against the wrong party on your conscience. Perhaps, it would be better to be able to identify who to hold liable for your injuries.
For public properties
Ideally, if you’re injured at a public place, you would first need to establish the fact that someone was at fault. Further, you’ll need to know if the staff or the management failed to prevent the injuries. In most cases, the management is held liable for the personal injuries caused at their premises.
For private properties
For private property owners, it is important to have their premises well maintained. Non only the area within their jurisdiction but also the area around it. If you’re injured in or around private property, the owner can be held liable for negligence or intentional harm.
For uncharted lands
If you’re injured at a place that has no proper jurisdiction, such as a forest or a national park, you can file a claim against government agencies. You’ll need to prove that the authorities failed to communicate proper precautions to be taken in the area.
There can be cases where wrong claims may be filed, against the wrong parties. It is, therefore, better to consult with an experienced attorney to help you understand the right course of action.
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