Slip and fall accidents happen all the time and can result in serious injuries for the victims involved. In fact, research from the National Floor Safety Institute suggests that slip and fall accidents are responsible for over 1 million hospital visits in the U.S. each year. Furthermore, anyone can be a victim these accidents as they can occur at work, in stores, at home, or while walking down the street.
New York Slip & Fall Lawyers
Were you hurt after slipping on another person’s property? You may be suffering physically, financially, and emotionally from your injuries. However, you should know that there is hope. We are dedicated to recovering compensation for our clients who are suffering from slip and fall accidents in New York. Contact our experienced personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. We will take the time to evaluate your case and help you make the best choices based on your specific circumstances. You can also read through our website to find out more information about slip, trip and fall accidents, as well as our other personal injury practice areas.
Slip & Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident happens when a person suffers an injury after slipping on someone else’s property or premises. Typically the owner or manager of a property has a legal responsibility of maintaining a safe environment that is free of dangerous conditions, including slip and fall hazards. As a result, victims of slip and fall accidents are often able to recover compensation for the injuries and damages that they sustain in what is known as a “premises liability” lawsuit. Visit our premises liability page to learn more about the legal responsibilities of landlords and property owners.
What Causes Slip & Fall Accidents?
A slip and fall accident can be caused by a number of different factors. Some common causes include:
- wet or oily floors
- food and/or drink spills
- snowy or icy sidewalks
- recently waxed or mopped flooring
- worn down walking areas
- uneven walking surfaces
- lack of warning signs
- inadequate lighting
- and other hazardous conditions.
These are only a few of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents, however, several other conditions can cause somebody to slip. Additionally, the most common causes of slip and fall accidents can vary throughout the year. For example, icy or snowy sidewalks are one of the leading causes of slip and falls in New York during the winter.
Types of Slip & Fall Accidents
There are many different types of slip and fall accidents. The type of slip and fall accident, along with several other contributing factors, can often help in determining the liable party or parties in an accident. That being said, some of the most common types of slip and fall accidents that occur in New York include:
Slipping on Snow or Ice
Snowy and icy conditions are among the most common causes leading to slip and fall accidents in New York during the winter months. In many cases, slipping on snow or ice can actually be more dangerous than a standard slip accident due to a lack of friction which can accelerate your fall to the ground. Usually, the responsibility of keeping a sidewalk clear of hazardous conditions falls on the owner of the property that is adjacent to or connected the sidewalk in question.
Slipping in Apartment Buildings
When it comes to apartment buildings, the owner or management agent is typically responsible for the overall safety of the building. Whether it is removing snow from the sidewalk or cleaning up spills in common areas, apartment residents and their guests should not be subject to dangerous slip and fall conditions.
Slipping in Stores & Supermarkets
Stores and supermarkets are home to a number of slip and fall accidents. In addition to frequently cleaning the floors, these establishments sell many products that can cause a slip and fall accident when spilled.
Slipping on Sidewalks
In addition to snowy or icy conditions, uneven or defective sidewalks commonly lead to slip, trip, and fall accidents. Depending on the specific sidewalk that you slipped on, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner or city/municipality.
Slipping At Work
Slip and fall accidents make up the majority of workplace accidents in general industry and are responsible for many worker injuries each year. Furthermore, slip and fall accidents are especially common and dangerous in the construction industry where dangerous equipment and elevated working conditions are common.
Contact A New York Slip & Fall Law Firm
At Lever Gottfried Ecker PLLC, we are dedicated to representing the rights of individuals who were injured in slip and fall accidents in New York. We strive to recover maximum compensation for our clients. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Our offices are located in Whiteplains, NY and we serve clients throughout the State of New York including individuals in:
- The Bronx
- Staten Island
- Westchester County
- Rockland County
- Orange County
- Long Island
- and more.
Are you located outside of the Greater New York City area? Don’t worry. We serve clients throughout the entire State of New York.