It is the responsibility of every homeowner and business to maintain safe conditions for visitors on their property. This includes taking reasonable steps to address ice and snow. If you have experienced a personal injury due to ice or snow on someone else's property, it's time to consult with a lawyer. To prepare for your case, Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C., in the Bronx, NY, recommends taking the following steps.
First, document the area where you fell. Take pictures if you can, or send someone else to take pictures as soon as possible after the accident. To have a case, you'll have to demonstrate that the property owner didn't take reasonable measures to deal with the ice and snow.
Next, document your medical treatment, including dates and costs. Keep a record of any work missed due to your injury, as well. Both medical expenses and lost wages can be recovered in a premises liability case with the help of a lawyer. You may also be able to receive compensation for pain and suffering and long-term disability.
After taking appropriate steps to document your case, you'll need to identify the party you're filing a claim against. Depending on where you slipped and fell, the responsibility may lie with the city or state, a business or homeowner, or the company contracted to remove ice and snow in that area. A lawyer can help you determine exactly who is legally responsible in your case.
The next essential tip is to consult with a personal injury lawyer. Not every slip and fall case will lead to compensation, so you'll need a lawyer to help you determine whether the matter is worth pursuing. You'll also need legal representation for the best chance of a win. If you need a lawyer in the Bronx, contact Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C., at (718) 822-0500 or get in touch online.