Where Do Most Slip and Fall Accidents Occur in NY?
A slip and fall can occur anywhere, but some common places slip and fall accidents occur in NY include:
- Retail stores
- Apartment complexes
- Private homes
- Stadiums and other sports arenas
- Nursing homes
- Assisted-living facilities
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many people suffer from injuries related to a slip and fall accident while at work, specifically, healthcare workers.
If you sustained a trip and fall injury while on your employer’s property, different laws may apply to your case in terms of pursuing compensation. According to Section 29(6) of the New York Workers’ Compensation Law, workers cannot sue their employer for compensation based on injuries that occurred while on-the-job.
Instead, employees are eligible for workers’ compensation insurance benefits. However, if a third party, such as a property owner, caused or contributed to your injuries, you can hold that party liable.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in NY
According to Occupational Health & Safety, more than half of all slip and fall accidents occur because of “hazardous walking surfaces.” This includes almost anything that makes the floor slippery or obstructs the walkway. Some common examples include:
- Spills, tracked liquids, or other substances
- Recently mopped or waxed floors
- Items in the walkway or on the floor
- Broken or uneven sidewalks
- Problems with asphalt or drainage in parking lots
- Uneven or slippery stairs
- Problems with floorboards, carpeting, or tile
- Ice, snow, or mud
Other common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Footwear that is not appropriate for the floor surface
- Lack of warning for a known hazard, such as an unmarked step up or step down
- Lack of training
- Broken or missing handrails
If evidence can be gathered to prove the property owner was aware of the hazard or should have been aware of it, you may successfully pursue compensation after a fall in any of these circumstances. The property owner should have liability insurance that will pay a settlement to compensate you for your damages. If the property owner does not have liability insurance, the assets of the property owner may be a potential source of recovery for the harm you have suffered due to that property owner’s negligence.
Trip and Fall Accidents Are Also a Common Cause of Injury in NY
While most people are familiar with slip and falls, trip and falls can be just as dangerous.
Some common trip and fall hazards that lead to injury include:
Problems with Pavement
Trips are common on sidewalks and in parking lots where damaged surfaces are more likely to be ignored for long periods of time. Cracks, potholes, weathering, damage from salt, and uneven pavement can all cause a trip and fall accident. Even ramps may be hazardous if they are not well-lit and marked.
Problems with Debris in the Walkway
Anything in the walkway can create a trip hazard. This can include merchandise, electric cords, garbage, clutter, or any other items that someone could trip over.
Problems with Flooring
Almost any type of flooring can create a trip hazard. This includes tiles, pavement, and carpet. Broken tiles, frayed or torn carpet, rolled rugs, cracked linoleum, an uneven floor, and other hazards can cause customers or visitors to trip and fall.
A Trip and Fall Lawyer Can Help You Understand Your Rights
If your injuries were caused by a slip or trip and fall accident we invite you to call us now to understand your rights. Whether your fall happened in another person’s home, a business, on government property, or anywhere else, call us to discuss your legal options. We have successfully recovered compensation for many injured fall victims, even people who have fallen in their very own homes due to the negligence of someone else. For example, an apartment tenant was injured because of a reported ceiling leak that was neglected by the landlord and went unrepaired until it ultimately caused a serious injury. Every fall injury victim requires and deserves a careful analysis by an experienced, dedicated slip and fall and trip and fall attorney to determine if some party may be legally and financially liable for the happening of the accident and should be held responsible to pay for all the harm caused as a result. An attorney from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. will review your case for free. We can explain the merits of your case while protecting your rights. If you are eligible to pursue compensation, our team can and wants to help you.
- Update you on your case
- Identify all liable parties
- Communicate with all parties for you
- Gather any evidence that may prove your case
- Calculate your case’s value
After building a premises liability case, we can file an insurance claim on your behalf. We will negotiate with the insurance provider to recover a settlement that covers the economic and noneconomic losses related to your injuries. In some cases, we will need to take a trip and fall accident case to trial. However, most cases typically settle out of court.
Talk to A Slip and Fall Lawyer Serving Long Island & Greater NYC Today
A personal injury attorney from Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. can review your case during your complimentary initial case evaluation with our firm. We take on slip and fall accident cases on Long Island, in both Nassau County and Suffolk County, and throughout the Greater New York City area as well.
Our team can help you understand your rights and legal options, even if English is not your preferred language. We have a multilingual staff that speaks Spanish, Greek, Bengali, Tamil, and Kannada.
Call (516) 932-0400 now for your free case evaluation with a member of our NY slip and fall accident team.