Be SMART – How CCTV Can Protect Your Business from Slip and Fall Suits
Personal injury lawsuits related to slip and fall accidents are among the most common filed against businesses and property management firms in New York. However, not every case is always based on a legitimate injury. In fact, this type of “accident” has long been used by scam artists to take advantage of businesses for two particular reasons.
#1 – Slip and Falls Lawsuits Tend to Have Large Settlements
Personal injury lawyers are exceptionally good at what they do. And, as a result, in many cases of slip and fall accidents, the injured victims can walk away with extraordinarily high settlements, often anywhere from $200,000 to $500,000. These payouts tend to be large because personal injury cases involve a wide array of damages, including awards for:
- Medical Bills (Past and Future)
- Pain and Suffering
- Lost Wages
- Lost Earning Capacity
- Incidental Expenses
So, for scam artists, it’s not hard to understand why this type of lawsuit is so attractive. For many, taking on the pain of a minor injury is well worth it when the chance at such a substantial settlement is there for the taking.
#2 – The Statute of Limitations for Slip and Fall Accidents is Three Years
Because the statute of limitations for a slip and fall lawsuit filing is three years in the state of New York, it makes defending against these types of cases very challenging for businesses. In order to have a chance to win, a business needs to have evidence to back up its defense because the victim’s injury and their medical records are going to be hard to compete with.
In most cases, the only way a business can fight back is to have certifiable evidence that the individual did not, in fact, slip and fall on its premises. And nothing provides a stronger defense than video footage of the “accident.”
The only problem is that most businesses and property management firms use video monitoring systems that only provide enough storage for 30 to 120 days. Experienced personal injury attorneys know this and therefore, they often advise their clients to wait at least six months before filing their lawsuit with the courts because they know that any video footage of the event will most likely be overwritten by that point.
Get Peace of Mind with CCTV SMART Surveillance Monitoring
Thankfully, today’s businesses and property management firms have options. SMART CCTV technology is, quite simply, the most effective way for an organization to protect itself from these types of objectionable lawsuits.
The following is a testimonial from one of CCTV’s clients:
I just watched a video clip recorded by our property’s SMART surveillance system. We had a tenant who claimed that she fell on the grounds of the building, but our video clearly shows that she fell on the street. The tenant was truly hurt and is in a cast, but the accident didn’t occur on our property’s premises and without that video, she would have easily collected $150,000 to $500,000 depending on her injury. Now, thanks to this video evidence, our property is protected. Great results! – Hub International
SMART, which is an acronym for System Monitoring Alert Response Technology, provides clients with an unparalleled three years of on-site storage. This is important because it means your company will be protected against the three-year loophole in New York’s personal injury law. You have the ability to access the video footage you need any time prior to the three years statute of limitations expiration. So, the moment you’re served with a personal injury lawsuit, all you have to do is save the footage from the day and time of the event and you have the evidence you need to protect your investment.
This is the most advanced video surveillance system available. It is designed to provide your company or property management group with unequaled peace of mind. It is equipped with the latest innovations in the industry, such as the ability to:
- Self-diagnose the surveillance system and send periodic status reports to you
- Request service from us when the DVR, NVR or cameras require service (it notifies you as well)
- Perform automatic back-ups to avoid the loss of vital video data due to hard drive failure, theft, fire, flood or natural disaster
It even has unlimited recording capability, which is available for life. SMART CCTV technology simply offers the highest level of video monitoring protection your business can ask for.
To learn more about our SMART CCTV technology and how it can help your business, feel free to contact us and one of our company owners will meet with you at your convenience. You will receive a verbal price after the assessment and a detailed proposal in writing no later than the following business day.