Injuries from a slip and fall accident can impact your life in many different ways. From your pain and the physical effects of your injuries to the financial costs and the emotional toll, a slip and fall accident can truly be a life-changing experience.
Yet, when faced with this adversity, many people choose not to seek help.
Unfortunately, many people have misconceptions about slip and fall accidents and the process of working with a lawyer to recover just compensation. Many people assume that these are “minor” accidents and that they must be to blame for their own injuries. Many people also assume that finding a lawyer to represent them is hard, and that it will only add stress to the equation at a time when all they really want to do is move on with their lives.
The reality could not be more different. Even “minor” accidents can cause serious injuries, and hiring a lawyer should not be stressful. In fact, hiring a lawyer should make the process easier, and it should provide you with confidence that you are taking the steps necessary to fully recover from your injuries.
So, should you hire a lawyer for your slip and fall case in New York? Here are some questions you can ask yourself to decide:
If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to financial compensation under New York law. In New York, property owners and business owners owe legal duties to their guests and customers. When they violate these duties, they can be held accountable for the consequences.
If you were seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, the impact on your life could be severe. Your medical bills alone could be substantial – especially if you need surgery or your injury requires long-term treatment and rehabilitation – and they could represent just a fraction of your total losses.
If you have missed work as a result of your slip and fall injuries, you can also seek to recover your lost income. Additionally, if your injuries will prevent you from working in the future, you can recover just compensation for your loss of future earning capacity.
The key to recovering lost wages is to know how much in damages to seek. You can easily count the number of paychecks you missed and how much money you lose as a result, but what if your injuries will keep you out of work even longer? What if your injuries actually make it impossible for you to do the job you had before the accident?
An experienced lawyer can help you make these calculations. We can help you identify the full amount you are entitled to for lost income, including present and future wages.
Beyond the cost and hassle of seeking medical treatment and being forced to miss time from work, many slip and fall accident victims experience other negative consequences as well. If your injuries prevent you from participating in your hobbies, if they interfere with your ability to enjoy spending time with your spouse and children, and if you are experiencing depression or post-traumatic stress, these are all losses for which you may be able to recover just compensation under New York law.
Lower back injuries, hip injuries, and many other injuries that are common in slip and falls can leave accident victims suffering from chronic pain. If you are suffering from chronic pain, you may be entitled to compensation for your “pain and suffering,” in addition to your expenses for ongoing physical therapy and prescription medications to treat pain and loss of function.
The first time you speak with a lawyer about your slip and fall accident, you will be asked lots of questions, and you will have the opportunity to ask the lawyer lots of questions as well. For the lawyer, this is an opportunity to determine whether or not you have a case. For you, this is a good chance to evaluate whether or not this particular attorney is the best person to represent you.
At Dreyer Boyajian LLP, we will take the time to answer your questions in detail. When we have a full understanding of the relevant facts, we can start to determine how much financial compensation may be available in your case.
If you have any questions about your situation following a serious slip and fall accident in New York, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free consultation. It costs you nothing to speak with one of our attorneys, and you pay nothing unless we win.
To learn more about your legal rights from a New York slip and fall lawyer at Dreyer Boyajian LLP, call (518) 463-7784 today. You can also schedule your consultation online to meet with one of our attorneys in Albany or Saratoga Springs.