In New York, both slip and fall and trip and fall cases are categories of personal injury law known as premises liability cases. These types of cases typically arise when property owners, businesses or other people or entities fail to provide a safe environment on their properties, and people then suffer injuries on those properties. In those situations, the individuals who become injured may be able to pursue a case and will want representation by an experienced White Plains personal injury lawyer.
Premises Liability Accidents in New York
Some examples of premises liability claims include:
- Broken or poorly maintained steps
- Wet/slippery floors (including floors that aren’t properly marked with warnings)
- Uneven or broken sidewalks
- Icy sidewalks (not salted) due to snow build-up and freezing rain
- Potholes and trenches
- Poorly lit staircases, corridors, and walking areas
- Common Injuries
While slip/fall and trip/fall accidents often result in only minor bumps and bruises, they can also lead to much more serious injuries, including:
- Concussions (brain trauma)
- Broken/fractured bones
- Muscle pulls or tears
- Spinal cord injuries
- Ligament damage (shoulder, knee, ankle, wrist)
Who’s Liable in a Premises Liability Accident?
In New York, those who own or operate a property are obligated by the law to maintain and provide a safe environment for those who visit their property. Property owners and operators who fail to eliminate or reduce the risk of hazardous conditions on their property without sufficient warnings put themselves at risk. If you have sustained a personal injury in this way, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries, including your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and other past and future expenses.
Slip and fall claims can be handled without the need for bringing a case in court if the defendant admits liability and the defendant, including the defendant’s insurance company, compensates the victim fairly and appropriately. However, because this seldom occurs, hiring a premises liability lawyer in New York, to fully represent your interests, is recommended.
Successful Premises Liability Claims
A successful premises liability claim can result in compensation that can cover economic and non-economic losses, including but not limited to:
- Pain and suffering from injuries due to accident
- Medical expenses (past, present, and future)
- Lost wages from missing work due to the injury
- Reduced earning capacity
- Emotional pain and stress
Injured in a Slip and Fall Accident in New York?
At Lever Gottfried Ecker PLLC, we fully understand the heavy financial and emotional impact that personal injury victims may encounter. We have experienced personal injury lawyers who are dedicated to winning your case. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, or trip and fall accident in New York, please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can discuss providing you legal assistance and representation for your injuries.