New York Slip & Fall Accident Lawyers
Slip and fall, as well as trip and fall accidents, occur frequently in New York resulting in injuries to individuals across the five boroughs. From icy sidewalks to inadequate lighting, various factors can lead to unexpected falls. In many cases, financial compensation for your injuries and losses may be available if the property owner or another responsible party failed to keep their premises free of hazards.
At Dansker & Aspromonte, our New York slip and fall accident attorneys have extensive experience in representing New Yorkers in personal injury claims and lawsuits based on preventable accidents such as these. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of clients through meticulous case preparation, skilled settlement negotiations, or compelling trial work in civil court. If you have suffered injuries due to the negligence of others, we urge you to discuss your options with one of our team in a free no-risk no-obligation consultation today.
Slip & Fall Accidents in the United States
Unfortunately, slip and fall accidents are common throughout the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 36 million older adults fall every year resulting in over 32,000 deaths. Falls account for about three million emergency room visits for older adults while one in five of all falls result in an injury.
While older adults may be more at risk and more likely to slip and fall, these accidents can occur to anyone.
They are commonly caused by such hazards as:
- Wet, slippery floors
- Loose rugs, mats, and carpeting
- Uneven surfaces, such as sidewalks, walkways, and other paved areas
- Loose, broken, or uneven stairs
- Inadequate lighting in hallways, aisles, stairwells, pathways, and more
- Debris and clutter in aisles and walkways
- Broken steps and railings
- Ice and snow
- Unsafe ladders
- Loose wires and electrical cords
Liability in Slip & Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents and injuries fall under the legal area of “premises liability.” This means that the law imposes liability on property owners, tenants, managers, or other parties for injuries under the following conditions:
- The owner of the property or other responsible party was aware of the dangerous condition that caused your accident and failed to adequately correct it within a reasonable amount of time.
- The owner of the property or other responsible party caused a spill or dangerous condition that caused your accident.
- The owner of the property or other responsible party should have known that a dangerous condition existed on the property if they had conducted a reasonable inspection.
If a property owner or other responsible party had been careful about keeping the property safe, they would likely be able to show “reasonable” care. An investigation into the matter can determine liability based on such factors as whether previous accidents have occurred on the property, whether the property is regularly inspected, cleaned, maintained, and repaired, whether barriers or signs were put up to warn about the safety risk, and more.
This applies to all property owners, both public and private. Thus, slip and fall accident claims can be brought against homeowners as well as the owners of retail stores, grocery stores, malls, restaurants, bars, office buildings, schools, universities, amusement parks, apartment buildings, sports arenas, entertainment venues, government buildings, and more.
Arrange your appointment with a New York slip and fall accident lawyer by contacting Dansker & Aspromonte via our online email form or by calling (646) 692-0204.
Negligence means that someone else’s actions or inactions were the cause of your accident. For instance, a property owner could be deemed negligent if they didn’t fix a broken step and you were caused to fall and be injured because of it.
To prove that a property owner was negligent, you must show:
- They owed you a duty of care
- They breached their duty of care
- You were injured as a result
- You suffered losses
Under most circumstances, a property owner must keep their premises safe and free from defects. You may be owed a duty of care by:
- A restaurant owner, a hotel owner
- A local government entity responsible for sidewalk maintenance
- Property owners and other parties
You will have to show that the at-fault party caused or created the defective condition or knew or should have known of the dangerous condition and failed to repair or otherwise make the area safe and those actions or inactions led to your fall. Dangerous conditions on a premises may include:
- A spilled drink left on a restaurant floor
- Melting ice pooling by a retail store’s door
- A pallet left in a grocery store’s aisle
- A recently mopped floor without proper warning signage
- Debris left by a maintenance crew
- Icy sidewalks left unsalted or uncleared
- And more
It will be key to prove that the dangerous condition caused your injuries. We can help you prove your injuries through:
- Medical records
- Doctor’s testimony
- Eyewitness statements
- Accident reports
- Business camera footage
- And more
It’s not enough to simply say that you slipped and fell on a wet floor. To seek compensation, you will must show that you were injured and you suffered losses, such as:
- Medical care costs
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Lost income
- A reduced ability to work at your former capacity
- Pain and Suffering
- Permanent Injuries
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Serious injuries can result from a fall. These accidents can result in injuries ranging from sprains, torn ligaments, cuts, and bruises to broken bones, internal injuries, back, hip, knee, and ankle injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even spinal cord damage. Slip and fall accident victims may suffer temporary or even permanent disability, chronic pain or discomfort, the need for long-term or lifelong medical care, work/earning incapacity, emotional trauma, and more.
When such injuries are caused by someone else’s negligence, getting the compensation you need to recover as fully as possible is essential. Fortunately, laws have been put into effect for accident victims who have been harmed in this way that allow you to pursue that compensation for your damages and losses.
The Connection Between Falls and Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), one of the leading types of injuries from a fall is a head injury. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is especially devastating due to its impact on normal brain function. If a loved one suffered a TBI in a tragic fall, they may need more assistance than you can provide. Placing them in a skilled living facility is expensive.
In addition to a TBI, other types of serious injuries from a fall can include:
- Broken or fractured bones including hips, wrists and ankles: Many slip and fall accident victims suffer broken wrists as they try to stop their fall, as Mayo Clinic discusses, or broken ankles when they twist or land on their ankles.
- Spinal cord injury: This catastrophic injury can leave a victim paralyzed and in need of home modifications and other expensive adjustments. These injuries may also leave the victim with chronic pain requiring extensive physical therapy, pain management and surgery.
- Tears of tendons, ligaments or cartilage of joints: These types of injuries often affect the knee, shoulder, and ankles and may require surgical repair and physical therapy and rehabilitation.
This is not a complete list of injuries that can result from a serious fall. An especially violent fall can result in more than one injury, longstanding pain and suffering and extensive medical costs.
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