Injured – Why the Bronx is the place to sue

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Determining Liability is Key to a Successful Personal Injury Claim

If you are injured in a slip and fall incident in the Bronx, you should be considering a personal injury lawyer as soon as you possibly can.

​A slip and fall case may arise because a property caretaker or owner failed to prevent conditions such as debris, holes in a carpet, loose boarding on stairs, accumulated snow and ice or slippery floors. In order for you to be successful in such a case, you must be able to prove premise liability. You have to show the property owner or caretaker must have known or should have known about the condition but failed to rectify it, or knew about the condition and failed to properly warn people of the possible danger. If a dangerous condition is known and the property owner or caretaker posts suitable warnings or properly secures the area, it will be difficult to prove liability on the part of the owner.

Determining Liability is Key to a Successful Personal Injury Claim

If you are injured in a slip and fall incident in the Bronx, you should be considering a personal injury lawyer as soon as you possibly can.

Determining Liability is Key to a Successful Personal Injury Claim

If you are injured in a slip and fall incident in the Bronx, you should be considering a personal injury lawyer as soon as you possibly can.

Determination of Liability Not Clear Cut

Many times, it's very difficult to determine liability in an incident involving a fall. Judges and juries will often look at a number of different factors in order to determine liability, including the owner or caretaker's efforts he regularly takes in order to maintain his property. If witnesses can attest to the fact the owner or caretaker does everything in his power to ensure safe access to the property, it may be harder to prove liability. However, on the other hand, if witnesses can say the property owner or caretaker is often negligent in the upkeep of the property, then the injured individual has a better chance of being successful in his or her claim.

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Carelessness on the Part of the Injured Victim

Another important factor to consider when determining liability when someone slips and is injured is whether or not the victim was somehow careless or caused the accident. It's possible the victim was performing a dangerous activity at the time of his accident, or the victim ignored the warning signs indicating the area was dangerous and off limits.

If the victim can prove he was not at fault for his injuries and the owner or caretaker of the property played a role in the victim's injuries, he may have a case. Specifically, the victim will generally be looking for payment of the medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and permanent physical disabilities the victim incurred as a result of the injuries. When determining value, the anticipated cost of future care may be considered.

Why your case may be more valuable in The Bronx

As an example, many times, a lawyer in the Bronx will use the base value from the medical bills and apply a multiplier based on the severity of the injury, including the past and anticipated future pain the victim may suffer. Some cases are quite severe, so for those instances, if it's deemed the victim will experience lifelong pain, the multiplier is up to about five times the total of the present medical bills, along with the future medical bills. Any anticipated potential pain which could appear later on in life may also be calculated in the final amount.

There are many other ways to value a case but all valuations are aimed at predicting what a jury could award if the case were to go to trial. Fortunately, if a case were ever to go to trial in the Bronx, juries here are known to give some of the highest awards in the world. Bronx juries typically have an attitude of “stick it to the man”, which greatly benefits the injured party in negotiating settlements. It is usually better to settle. Most times, defendants are covered by large insurance companies. These companies often would rather just write a check rather than go through a lengthy trial. If they were to go to trial, they would have no control of what the jury could award. Not having control, especially in the Bronx could be disastrous for the insurance companies. This is why these insurance companies will typically try and offer a settlement. These settlements should be negotiated by a competent lawyer.

Therefore, it's best to retain a lawyer when it comes to these types of injuries. Many times, the insurance company will approach the victim in hopes for a quick cash settlement, and this is generally the time to consult with legal counsel before you decide to take the money. The money offered will not be near the amount the case could be worth, and once you take a settlement, you cannot go back and file a claim later. Insurance companies will approach victims who are not represented by an attorney. If this happens to you, be sure to talk with an attorney who is experienced in personal injury law and insurance settlement negotiations so he can review the settlement offer and advise accordingly.

New York State Bronx Supreme Court​

The Bronx Supreme Court of New York is located just a few blocks east of Yankee Stadium. It is easy to get to on the B and D Subway lines since it is the first stop in the Bronx. The Bronx Supreme Court very busy. The halls are filled with personal injury attorneys representing clients who are victims of negligence and slip and fall injuries. They come here to get justice for their clients.

Yankee Stadium, home of the Bronx Bombers sits a few blocks away from Bronx Supreme Court.

Bronx Supreme Court with Yankee Stadium in the background

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