Slip and Fall While on Someone’s Property?


“Accidents happen.” How cliche. Truth is, accidents do not just happen. In New York, property owners have a duty to do all in their ability to prevent slip-and-fall accidents because most ARE preventable. Yet, far too many do not take care of their properties and the result is that someone gets hurt. 

If that someone is you, you want an attorney who recognizes that most so-called accidents are preventable. This means someone is at fault and thereby responsible to compensate you for your injuries and lost wages.

Premises Accident Attorney in White Plains, New York

The someone you seek, you have found. At the Law Office of Michael Tawil, we believe in holding landlords, business owners and other property owners responsible. We take every slip-and-fall case seriously and fight hard to make sure you are compensated to the fullest extent possible for your injuries.

As the premier premises accident attorney in White Plains, NY, we employ smart tactics, reply on the smallest details and litigate aggressively on your behalf. We know you will have plenty of questions as your case progresses. We are happy to answer each question clearly and to your satisfaction.

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Common premises liability cases in NY

  • Slips and falls
  • Tripping incidents
  • Accidents caused by construction defects
  • Apartment building accidents
  • Elevator accidents
  • Tripping in stores
  • Slipping on icy sidewalks
  • Falling down defective staircases

2 things to remember about premise liability cases in NY

Naturally, we hope to represent you in your premise liability case. Yet, regardless of whom you choose for legal representation, there are two important things about New York slip-and-fall laws that you should know. 

Statute of limitations: From the date of injury, you have three (3) years to file a lawsuit against a property owner.

Comparative negligence: The State of New York holds that it is possible for both parties to an accident to share some of the fault. The judge or jury is required to decide what percentage of blame is to be apportioned to each party in a claim, including the person bringing the lawsuit.

This matter of comparative fault is why you need an experienced trial attorney on your side. Most stores and businesses have their own legal teams. They also have their insurance company lawyers on their side. They will try to make it look like you caused your own accident. You wore poor footwear … you were not paying attention … and on an one it goes. 

Private homes, rentals and apartments are required to take precautions against the injury of visitors. Juries are far more willing to provide comparative fault when the suit involves another individual. So, even then you need a skilled attorney working your case.

Special responsibility for New York City sidewalks and streets

The City of New York owns the sidewalks, curbs and streets. Thus, it is responsible for ensuring public safety thereupon. However, suing the city for damages is not easy. If a slip-and-fall accident is the result of a defect like holes and cracks, the city can be sued only if two things apply:

  1. There must have been prior written notice of the hazard, properly filed at least 15 days prior.
  2. An agent of the city caused or created the hazard.

The city is also responsible for ensuring that snow and ice is properly cleaned. However, the owners of the many commercial buildings throughout the city are responsible for sidewalks passing in front of their property.

Why is Michael Tawil the best attorney for premises accidents in New York?

The laws concerning slip-and-fall accidents can be confusing. You need an experienced lawyer to protect your rights, who will be smart and aggressive in fighting for you and will communicate openly, honestly and clearly with you. 

The Law Office of Michael Tawil P.C. litigates all types of premises liability claims. We know that since your accident, nothing has been the same. Bills are piling up and your spouse is worried. Relax. We are here to help. And we don’t get paid unless you get paid.

If you are unable to come to us because of your injuries, we are happy to visit you. Schedule a free consultation now by calling 914-281-1618.