Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries in the United States. According to statistics provided by the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), approximately one million Americans are hurt in slip and falls every year. Unfortunately, many of these slips, trips, and falls could have been prevented with proper care.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo slip and fall accident attorneys fight aggressively to protect the rights and interests of injured  slip and fall victims throughout Western New York. We will stand up against negligent property owners and insurance companies and help you recover full and fair compensation. To schedule a free case review of your slip and fall accident, please contact our Buffalo law office today.

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Why Do Slip and Fall Accidents Occur?

Slip and fall accidents occur for a wide range of reasons. While it does occasionally happen, most people do not simply trip over their own two feet. Instead, a safety hazard is often the catalyst for the accident. Some of the leading causes of slip and fall accidents include:

Wet floors

Uncleaned spills

Damaged or tattered rugs/carpets

Loose or broken floor boards

Lack of handrail access

Loose cords strung across hallways

Debris or other objects in walkways

Poor lighting, especially in stairwells

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When are Property Owners Liable for a Slip and Fall?

In New York, businesses and property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises in reasonably safe condition for their guests. If an accident occurs because of their failure to do so, they can be held liable for the resulting injuries. To be clear, property owners are not automatically liable for a slip, trip, or fall that occurs on their premises. To hold a defendant liable for a slip and fall in New York, you must prove that:

  1. Your slip and fall accident occurred because of a safety hazard.
  2. The defendant knew or should have known about that safety hazard.
  3. The accident was reasonably foreseeable.
  4. The defendant could have taken action to reduce the risk, but did not do so.

Successful slip and fall accident claims are always based on strong supporting evidence. Every slip and fall accident requires a comprehensive investigation by an experienced personal injury attorney. Protect your rights by calling an experienced attorney as soon as possible after suffering a serious injury in a slip and fall accident.


Compensation for Slip and Fall Accident Victims

Beyond proving liability, injured victims must also establish the extent of their damages. In New York, personal injury damages are largely compensatory in nature—meaning they are tied to actual losses suffered by the plaintiff. The insurance company will try to settle your claim for the lowest amount possible. Do not accept less than you deserve. At Richmond Vona, LLC, our Buffalo premises liability attorneys fight tirelessly to help slip and fall accident victims maximize their financial recovery. You may be eligible to recover compensation for:

Emergency room care

Medical bills and expenses

Physical therapy

Lost wages

Loss of future earnings

Pain and suffering

Permanent scarring

Long-term disability

Wrongful death damages

Buffalo Slip & Fall FAQs

How Long Do I Have to Bring a Slip and Fall Accident Claim in New York?

Generally, slip and fall accidents in New York are subject to a three year statute of limitations, but there are exceptions. Actions against municipalities require a Notice of Claim be filed within ninety days of the injury. To best protect your rights, contact one of our slip and fall attorneys as soon as possible.

What If My Slip and Fall Accident Occurred in the Parking Lot?

The company that owns or leases that parking lot may be liable. Businesses and property owners have a duty to keep their premises in reasonably safe condition for invited guests—and this includes exterior areas, such as outdoor walkways and parking lots.

Can You Bring a Slip and Fall Accident Claim If You Were Trespassing?

In New York, trespassers are not legally barred from bringing a slip and fall accident claim, but it is more challenging to prove liability. If you or your loved one is in this situation, contact an experienced Buffalo, NY slip and fall accident attorney right away.

At Richmond Vona, LLC, our New York slip and fall lawyers fight tirelessly to help injured victims recover the maximum available financial compensation. If you or your loved one was injured in a fall accident, call us today for a free, no obligation consultation. With an office in Buffalo, we handle slip and fall accident claims throughout Western New York, including in Erie County, Niagara County, and Wyoming County.

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