Suffolk County Slip and Fall Accident Attorneys
Providing Compassionate Counsel to Clients for Over 50 Years
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident due to negligence, you may be able to pursue compensation. The Law Office of Frank A. Cetero has dedicated and compassionate slip-and-fall accident attorneys capable of relentlessly pursuing your compensation claim. We refuse to allow negligent property owners, maintenance companies, tenants, and anyone else responsible for causing you to be injured to avoid compensating you for the damages they caused.
Call our Suffolk County slip and fall attorneys at (631) 735-6464 for more information.
Slip and Fall Accidents in New York
A slip and fall accident happens when a property owner neglects to provide adequate warning to customers or visitors of a wet floor or hazardous conditions. Property owners, commercial and private, have a duty of care to keep the premises safe for visitors.
This means that if there is a wet floor, there should be a wet floor sign, or the are should be sectioned off. If there is construction happening in a specific area, there must be hazard signs to warn visitors of hazards in the building.
The duty of care belonging to property owners is also called premises liability. This is a legal concept where the owner carries liability for any accidents on their property. Should the owner fail to avoid liability by acting recklessly or negligently, they may face legal action.
Statute of Limitations
Like many legal processes, slip and fall accidents have a statute of limitations in New York. If you are injured due to negligence from a property owner, you must file a lawsuit within three years. The filing period begins on the day of the incident and continues until you file suit.
If you miss the deadline for the statute of limitations, you will not be able to file a case, or the court will throw out your claim. Consult with an attorney before bringing your case to court to ensure that your claim follows all state guidelines and that you file within the statute of limitations.
What Is Comparative Negligence?
In NY, property owners may make a claim that you are partially or entirely responsible for the accident. If they successfully prove that you are also at fault, you could lose a significant portion of the damage award or lose it entirely.
Shared responsibility in these cases is called comparative negligence. Essentially, this means that you played a significant role in your accident, and the property owner is not fully liable. For example, you are at the grocery store, and a wet floor sign is posted in front of a section you need an item from. You decide to ignore the warning and grab the item. You have acted negligently, and the owner can use this against you in court.
Property owners will do whatever they can to avoid a slip and fall accident liability. You must provide as much information as possible and answer any questions your attorneys have honestly. Even the most minor details can help you get the compensation you may deserve.
Legal Counsel You Can Count On
The Law Office of Frank A. Cetero has extensive experience with slip and fall accidents in New York. We are passionate about helping our clients achieve their goals and aggressively advocate on their behalf. Our team of tenacious legal representatives can investigate your case, leaving no stone unturned, to gather evidence that supports your claim.
Contact our Suffolk County slip and fall lawyers today for more information.