Our New York City slip and fall lawyers have helped thousands of injury victims of all kinds. Slip and fall accidents occur when someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property.
Laws governing businesses, places of employment, and residential property owners exist to protect the rights of individuals who are injured on these properties as a result of slipping or tripping. It is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain a safe, clean environment, including flooring, steps and entry ways.
Our Attorneys Help Obtain Compensation for Injuries
The lawyers of Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman can help you make sense of your accident and help you to determine who is at fault. Since time limitations apply, if you suffer a personal injury in a slip and fall accident, you should contact us as quickly as possible to learn your legal rights and options.
If a local, city, state or federal government entity is found to be liable, different laws may apply which may affect your rights. Our slip and fall accident attorneys will be able to determine if you have a case and help you recover any monetary damages to which you are entitled.
Common Accidents & Injuries
Although there are several factors that can cause someone to slip and fall, the most common causes include:
- Wet or slippery floors, which can be caused by a water leak, a spill or excess rain.
- Bad flooring conditions such as broken tile, uneven flooring panels, torn carpeting, cracked pavement or potholes.
- Poorly-lit staircases, garages or parking structures.
- Foreign objects that block or obstruct a pathway.
- Weather conditions such as icy patches caused by snow. Even though this may be out of the property owner’s control, he/she is still responsible for ensuring their walkways are safe and can be held liable if icy patches are not cleaned properly or marked with caution signs to warn people of the potential dangers.
Types of Injuries
Although it may seem unlikely for someone to seriously injure themselves in a slip and fall accident, it is more common than one would think. Slip and fall injuries can range from minor scrapes and bruises to broken or fractured bones, depending on the type of slip and fall that occurs. In more serious slip and fall accidents, for instance, individuals may hit their head on the pavement or flooring and suffer traumatic brain and head injuries.
Find more information on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke here.
When an individual is injured in a slip and fall accident, he/she may be eligible to recover compensation for damages including physical, emotional and financial losses. However, in order to obtain financial compensation, the injured person must be able to prove that the accident was caused by a dangerous condition in which the property owner or manager knew about and could have prevented.
Proving the Property Owner / Manager is at Fault
In order to actually prove that the property owner or manager knew about the dangerous condition that led to the slip and fall accident, the plaintiff must be able to prove that the property owner or manager either created the dangerous condition, knew about it and negligently failed to fix it, or should have known about it because it had been there for a long period of time.
For an introduction to the common terms used to describe lawsuits, visit United States Courts Glossary here.
How an NYC Attorney Can Help
Premises liability cases can be complex, it is important to hire an experienced New York lawyer for slip and fall injuries who will thoroughly investigate every detail of the accident to determine who is at fault. Once liability is determined, an experienced lawyer will aggressively fight to ensure you recover all the compensation you are entitled to.
Individuals who have suffered from their involvement in a slip and fall accident often have many questions about their accident. It is good to know that slip and fall victims have legal rights that will be protected and upheld by a skilled, aggressive attorney from our firm. Losses due to a slip and fall accident may be eligible for financial compensation. Contact our offices to schedule a complimentary consultation with an attorney today.
$2,300,000 Settlement – Pre-trial settlement for a 37-year-old man who fell down on stairs due to a defective handrail after visiting a family member’s building.
$1,600,000 Settlement – Fall on Defective Pavement at Building Entrance – Lipsig Law Firm obtains $1.6 million settlement – 1 ½ years after injury.
January 19, 2018 – Reality TV Star Sued For Slip and Fall Accident On His Rental Property
Joe Gorga, who starred on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, has been sued for a slip and fall accident on ice at one of his rental properties. The lawsuit was filed on January 17, 2017, and is pending a court date. The accident happened on January 23, 2015. The plaintiff claims the lawsuit has been filed because Gorga was not responding to him after he contacted Gorga about the accident. The amount of damages being sought is unspecified.
December 18, 2017 – Executive Vice President Of HBO Media And Talent Sues For Red Carpet Trip And Fall
Nancy Lesser, the EVP of media and talent at HBO, has filed a personal injury and negligence lawsuit against the TV Academy, the City of Los Angeles, and the Anshultz Entertainment Group for injuries she suffered in a trip and fall accident outside of the Microsoft Theatre following the 2016 Emmys. The executive allegedly tripped and fell after stepping into a dirt cut-out space in the concrete outside of the theater, which her lawyer has argued was not visible.
She sustained several serious injuries, including at least three fractures in her pelvis, a possible coccyx fracture, and other injuries. She was forced to miss work for eight months and racked up over $1 million in medical bills after the injury. She’s seeking over $1 million in damages for medical expenses and other losses.
November 3, 2017 – Federal Judge Denied Request For Summary Judgment In Slip And Fall Case
A federal judge denied a request for summary judgment by the owners of a Hardee’s franchise in a slip-and-fall lawsuit. The plaintiff in the case filed a suit against Hardee’s after she was injured in a slip and fall on landscaping rocks which were scattered on a sidewalk outside of the restaurant.
The woman’s lawyer argued that the rocks had been present for long enough that restaurant management should have been aware of them. He went on to argue that these rocks posed a hazard to guests, which would constitute a violation of the legal duty of care business owners have to keep their properties safe.
October 26, 2017 – Woman Sues Wawa For Alleged Slip And Fall On Hoagie Guts
A Delaware woman has sued popular convenience store chain Wawa after she slipped and fell on “hoagie guts” or discarded sandwich pieces, in the parking lot of a Delaware Wawa in 2014.
Defense attorneys for the convenience store asked a judge for a summary judgment in their favor, claiming that the plaintiff had failed to identify a liability expert who could identify whether the store was negligent in the accident.
The plaintiff argued that an expert is unnecessary since the average person understands that the store has a duty to clean up trash from the parking lot. The judge agreed with the plaintiff, saying that splattered hoagie parts in a parking lot are just as dangerous as water on the floor of a grocery store.
September 5, 2017- Studio 6 Extended Stay Sued For Alleged Slip And Fall
A woman who was staying at a New Orleans hotel is suing the premises for alleged injuries she suffered due to a fall on a wet floor. The woman has filed her lawsuit against G6 Hospitality LLC, operating as Studio 6 Extended Stay, in Orleans Parish Civil District Court. The lawsuit states that when the woman was at the hotel she slipped and fell in a puddle on the floor. She stated the floor was wet due to an employee who had mopped and did not dry the floor properly nor did the employee place warning signs about the floor’s conditions. She is seeking damages, court costs, and all appropriate relief.
August 4, 2017- American Airlines Sued For Slip And Fall When Passenger Was Disembarking
A Cedar Hill woman is suing American Airlines for what she alleges was the airline’s failure to help her while she was disembarking and did not prevent her slip and fall. The incident took place two years ago and she filed her lawsuit on July 14, 2017, in Jefferson County District Court. The lawsuit stated that woman suffered injuries upon landing while disembarking. She said she was not given any assistance and was not warned of any conditions on the stair ramp. When she got to the tarmac, the plaintiff said she slipped and fell due to a wet condition on the stairs. She injured her back and was transported to a nearby hospital.
July 17, 2017- Wal-Mart Shopper Suing For $15,000 In Damages
A woman from Tarpon Springs is suing a Wal-Mart store for slip and fall injuries she alleges she suffered while shopping. The woman’s complaint states that she slipped and fell on a liquid substance in front of the store. She alleges that the fall led to injuries that have caused her great pain and suffering, disfigurement and scarring, as well as diminished earning capacity and medical expenses. The woman is holding Wal-Mart Stores Inc. responsible for what she deems to be a failure to correct the condition and failure to warn the public of the of the danger. She is seeking damages of $15,000.
June 1, 2017- Woman Wins A $48,000 Settlement Against A City Sidewalk Trip And Fall
A woman who was badly hurt when she slipped and fell on a city street was recently awarded a $48,000 settlement in a slip and fall lawsuit. According to the civil complaint, the woman was leaving an optometry office when she tripped on a defective sidewalk. The sidewalk defect resulted in a height difference of about two inches between two panels of concrete. The sidewalk she tripped on was actually on a list of 3,000 sidewalks in the city that needed to be repaired but the City had not got round to it. The woman dislocated her shoulder, which required surgery at a later date. Read more about how she won this slip and fall lawsuit against a city here.
May 8, 2017- Icy Slip And Fall Accident Settled For $200,000
A 35-year-old lab assistant and phlebotomist at Metropolitan Specialty Labs recently settled her slip and fall lawsuit for $200,000. The phlebotomist broke her ankle when she slipped and fell on ice in the parking lot of the building where she worked. The accident took place on a day when it had been snowing for a quite some time. As she was walking across the parking lot she slipped and fell on ice. The lab assistant was taken to Staten Island University Hospital with a fractured left ankle that later required surgery. The development, building owner, realty services, and the managing agent were sued in state Supreme Court.
April 6, 2017- PepsiCo Cooler Machine Leads To A Customer’s Slip And Fall Accident
A Winn-Dixie customer alleges that she slipped and fell in the store because of a slick floor caused by a leaking PepsiCo drink cooler machine. The woman filed the lawsuit against Winn-Dixie Montgomery LLC, PepsiCo Inc, an XYZ Pepsico employee and other companies in the 24th Judicial District Court alleging negligence. The lawsuit states that the plaintiff’s slip and fall led to physical and mental pain. The defendant is being accused of negligence by failing to ensure that the machines were in working order, not cleaning up the water, and failing to warn the public of possible danger.
March 9, 2017- Plumber And Pipefitter Files Slip And Fall Accident
A construction worker has been allowed to move forward with his slip and fall lawsuit against the Queensbury school district. The lawsuit was allowed to proceed by the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court. The construction worker’s lawsuit refers to an accident that occurred when he was employed as a plumber and pipefitter with Collette Mechanical Inc., working on a heating renovation project at the district. The plumber was walking down a staircase leading to the basement when he fell and fractured his right femur. He had to have surgery for the injuries he suffered. He filed a lawsuit alleging negligence on the part of the school district and claimed that the stairwell was poorly lit.
February 3, 2017- Miami Dolphin Legend Entangled In Slip And Fall Accident With A Diner
Miami Dolphins legend, Bob Kuechenberg is currently involved in a slip and fall lawsuit in Broward County. The 69-year-old retired football player alleges that he fell and fractured his leg on December 6, 2015, when he was out for brunch at one of his favorite brunch spots, Flashback Diner. Kuenchenberg states that he suffered a nasty fall on the outside staircase and failed to catch his fall with the guardrail because it was covered with Christmas garlands and a big sand ashtray. The ex-football player claims that the fall led to medical costs that were between $40,000 and $90,000. He also states that his fracture was caused by possible code violations on the staircase where the accident occurred. However, the diner’s attorneys are suggesting that the slip and fall was caused by Kuenchenberg’s alcohol and drug use. For more about this slip and fall go here.
January 4, 2017- Property Owner Sued For Tenant’s Slip And Fall Accident
A tenant alleges that he slipped and fell on the sidewalk outside his apartment complex and was injured. The tenant filed the complaint on December 9, 2016, in the St. Clair Circuit Court against Bouse Properties LLC, alleging that the property owner was negligent in allowing a dangerous condition to exist on the premises. He stated that he stepped on a substance that caused him to slip and fall. The plaintiff states that Bouse Properties neglected to provide enough warning of the possibly dangerous condition. He seeks compensation in excess of $50,000.
December 21, 2016- Wal-Mart Shopper Files Lawsuit Against The Store
A man has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., for a slip and fall accident he said he had at the Collinsville Wal-Mart. The man filed his suit in November 2016, alleging that the supercenter operator did not exercise ordinary care to make sure its premises was reasonably safe. The complainant stated that he slipped and fell in the lawn and garden area, which led him to sustain injuries to his body. He says he suffered and will continue to suffer from pain and is faced with medical expenses.
November 9, 2016- Walgreens Being Sued For Alleged Slip And Fall Accident
In New Orleans, a man claims that he slipped and fell when he was in a Walgreens. He has filed a lawsuit against Walgreen Louisiana Co. Inc. The plaintiff states that the Walgreens located at Gentilly Avenue was negligent by failing to not fix the situation that caused him to slip and fall, by not providing warning of the dangerous situation. His lawsuit also states that the injuries from the fall led him to get help at the emergency room. He is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
October 7, 2016- Local ShopRite Sued For String Bean Slip And Fall Accident
In Oakland, NJ a woman filed a lawsuit against the local ShopRite stating that she was seriously injured after slipping on a string bean two years ago. According to her lawsuit, she was shopping in the produce section when she suddenly slipped on a string bean on the floor. Her suit further stated that she suffered serious and permanent injuries and ended up disabled and disfigured. She continues to suffer from both mental and physical pain and torment. The suit argues that the store was negligent because it left string beans on the floor.
September 2, 2016- Drug Store Fall Leads To Slip And Fall Lawsuit
A woman filed a complaint against Bond Drug Company of Illinois LLC, Cole WG Cahoka IL LLC and Walgreen Co., stating negligence in failing to keep their store in a reasonably safe condition. The complaint states that the woman stopped at Walgreens in Cahokia to purchase a few things and ended up slipping and falling as she was walking through the store. The fall caused the woman to sustain injuries that resulted in her physical pain, mental anguish, as well as medical care expenses. She seeks a trial by jury judgment for more than $50,000 including costs of suit, and all relief the court establishes as just and equitable.
August 18, 2016- Woman Files Lawsuit After Falling While Visiting A University
A New Jersey woman who was visiting Loyola University in New Orleans has filed a lawsuit against the university after she slipped and fell on some steps on the campus. The lawsuit states that the woman was visiting the Loyola campus and slipped and fell on unmarked steps while walking from one location to another on the campus. She suffered injuries to her arm, elbow, and foot. The woman also stated that the fall happened because of the color of the steps that made the decline unrecognizable. She is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
July 7, 2016- Man Alleges He Was Injured On A Rental Property
A man from New Orleans has filed a lawsuit against a rental property owner. The man who was a tenant of the property claims that he slipped and fell on liquid from an air conditioning unit, that led to injuries. The property owner was accused of breach in failure to correctly maintain the property, failure to make the necessary precautions as well as acts of negligence and omission, in the lawsuit.
June 16, 2016- Bronx Grandmother MTA Slip-And-Fall Award Reduced To $5 Million
A Bronx grandmother’s $16 million award for a slip-and-fall in the subway that left her with brain damage, has been reduced to a $5 million payout. A higher court reversed the Brooklyn jury’s original decision. The MTA was originally found to be 100% at fault but the award was reduced after the state agency appealed.
May 31, 2016- Grocery Company Sued For Trucker’s Slip And Fall Accident
A wholesale grocery company in York is being sued by a trucker, following claims that he suffered injuries after he had a slip and fall at their offices. The trucker claims the accident took place as a result of an alleged wet steel staircase. The man and his wife filed a lawsuit on March 3, 2016, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against C&S Wholesale Groceries. The claim alleges negligence and loss of consortium.
April 19, 2016- $13 Million Awarded To Las Vegas Woman For Lowe’s Fall Accident
A woman from Las Vegas was awarded nearly $13 million after she fell in a Lowe’s store leading her to file a lawsuit against Lowe’s Home Centers. The woman suffered a fractured skull when she fell and permanently lost her sense of taste and smell, which was caused by a related brain injury. Her legal team originally asked that she be awarded $40.6 million for her medical expenses, her physical and mental pain, and suffering, as well as her, lost earning capacity.
March 10, 2016- Offshore Rigger Suing Chevron For Slip-And-Fall Accident
In Galveston, Texas an offshore rigger is suing Chevron alleging that he was injured after he slipped and fell on the company’s drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The lawsuit was filed earlier this year in January in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas by Rene Armant. Armant alleges that his slip and fall accident was due to negligence when he was employed by Blanchard Contractors as a rigger for Chevron’s offshore production platform High Island.