Personal Injury Attorney for Fordham Students Injured on Campus
Students of Fordham University should be free to roam the campus without fear of being injured. Unfortunately, several scenarios could lead to a student being injured while on campus. For example, if a student develops food poisoning due to contaminated food that is served in the campus cafeteria, the school may be held liable. If you are a student of Fordham University and you were injured on campus, you should consult with an experienced NYC personal injury attorney.
Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP understands the stress and uncertainty that can accompany a serious injury and we are here for you. Our firm will help you pursue the compensation you deserve against the party that caused your injury. To schedule a free legal consultation to discuss your claim, contact Sullivan & Galleshaw at (718) 843-0300, or contact us online.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
A personal injury claim can stem from a variety of circumstances. If a student suffers an injury while on school property, they may be able to show that the school played a role in their injury. The following is a list of common types of personal injury claims that may occur on a college campus.
Slip and Fall
Slip and falls are the most common type of personal injury claim filed by plaintiffs. The reason for this is that a slip and fall accident can occur under several circumstances. For example, if a student is on campus and walking to class the day after a snowstorm and they slip and fall on a patch of ice and snow that should have been cleaned, Fordham University could be held responsible.
Other scenarios that could lead to a slip and fall accident include:
- Wet floors that are not marked with a sign
- Unstable stairwells or banisters
- Poorly lit areas of campus
- Debris on campus that was not properly cleaned
- Falling branches from trees
Slip and fall accidents can leave a victim with a number of injuries. The most common type of injuries caused by slip and falls are hand, wrist, and forearm injuries. This is because many people will try to use their arms and hands to try to break their fall on the way down. People who are unable to break their fall could suffer head injuries, back injuries, or broken bones.
When dealing with a large population of students, faculty, and other individuals, it is important that a college has adequate safety protocols for when a fire breaks out. If a school like Fordham University does not have a sufficient fire escape plan, they risk students suffering burn injuries, smoke inhalation, or the possibility of students dying due to being trapped by an intense fire.
The last thing a student expects is to be assaulted while on the campus of a school they pay thousands of dollars to attend. Unfortunately, this scenario is a real possibility if a school does not invest in security systems for its students. This can include hiring security guards to using surveillance cameras and emergency call boxes.
There are other scenarios that could lead to a personal injury case for a student. To learn more about filing a personal injury claim, continue reading and speak with an experienced NYC personal injury attorney.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim in NYC
If you need to file a personal injury claim after suffering an injury on campus, you should file your case as soon as possible. In the State of New York, personal injury cases are subject to the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations dictates the amount of time that a person has to file a certain type of case.
In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years from the date of the injury. If you do not file your case within the three-year timeframe provided, you risk the court barring your claim.
While you may have three years to file your case, it is wise to file as soon as possible. Evidence you need to prove your case could be more difficult to obtain if you wait too long to file. Additionally, if you want to seek damages to alleviate your medical bills and other costs, there is no reason to wait to file.
Our Brooklyn Premises Liability Lawyers are Ready to Work with You
If you or a family member was injured on campus at Fordham University, contact an experienced Brooklyn premises liability lawyer. At Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP, our personal injury lawyers possess decades of combined legal experience, and we would be proud to use this experience to represent you. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact Sullivan & Galleshaw, LLP at (718) 843-0300.