Many thousands of people are injured each year –– some quite seriously –– when they slip or trip and fall on a dangerous floor, a flight of stairs, or a rough patch of ground. Sometimes the property owner is responsible for the accident, and sometimes he or she is not.
If you have been injured in this way, first consider that it is a normal part of living for things to fall on or to drip onto a floor or the ground, and for smooth surfaces to become uneven. Also, some things put in the ground –such as drainage grates, serve a useful purpose there. So a propertyowner cannot always be held responsible for immediately picking up or cleaning every slippery substance on a floor. Nor is a propertyowner always responsible forsomeone slipping or tripping on something that an ordinary person should expect to find there or should see and avoid. We all have an obligation to watch where we’re going.
However, property owners do need to be careful in keeping up their property. While there is no precise way to determine when someone else is legally responsible for something on which you slip or trip, cases turn on whether the property owner acted carefully so that slipping or tripping was not likely to happen–– and whether you were careless in not seeing or avoiding the thing you fell on.
Slip and fall injuries are common occurrences with thousands of claims made each year. Many victims suffer serious, life-altering injuries that can even result in wrongful death. Potholes, unlit stairwells, wet floors, and construction site defects can often have catastrophic results. You should know what to do in the event of a slip and fall accident. Consult a New York slip and fall accident lawyer to determine whether you are owed damages for the negligence of a property orbusiness owner.
Our slip and fall personal injury attorneys can help you understand the law. There are many factors to consider, such as previous complaints about an existing hazard, determining negligence of a business or property owner, and determining negligence, if any, of the individual injured. These are only a few of the factors that a personal injury firm will analyze when investigating your case.
There are several types of slip and fall accidents including slippery surface falls, stairway accidents, fall from a terrace or balcony, parking ramp falls, sidewalk falls and bathtub and shower falls, to name a few. Every slip and fall accident is unique so, it is to your benefit to hire an experienced slip and fall attorney.
Fall on Ice and Snow. Property owners have an obligation to make sure their property, including parking lots and sidewalks, are maintained and that all snow and ice is removed to avoid possible safety hazards. Property owners are allowed a “reasonable” amount of time to remove the snow and ice. For example, if you fall on a snowy sidewalk in the middle of a snowstorm, the property owner may not be held liable since the storm was in progress. If conditions on the property cause an unnatural build up of ice or snow, the property owner may be liable for your slip and fall accident. For example: if ice accumulated on the roof, then melts and drips off because of a clogged drain, then refreezes on the ground; or if the parking lot causes melting ice to form puddles, and then refreezes into ice patches. In addition, if a property owner provides snow or ice removal, they must stay on top of it and provide regular maintenance.
If you or a loved one has been injured in slip and fall accident, call Zimmer & Associates now at 1-866-270-HURT (4878), or fill out our simple case evaluation form and we will contact you within 24 hours.