Victims of slip and fall accidents typically have lots of questions. We’ve helped thousands of injured victims in New York City over the years and have gained some insights along the way.
As a result, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common questions that our slip and fall clients ask us.
In addition to reading through this list of questions, we encourage you to visit our slip and fall resource center for more information.
What Are The Common Causes Of Slip / Trip Accidents In NYC?
In New York City there are certain factors that contribute to slip and fall more frequently than others including:
- Wet flooring in supermarkets, schools, bodegas, bars, apartments and other places which have flooring that is inherently slippery.
- Poor or inadequate lighting in areas where people usually walk such as hallways or stairways.
- Hazardous weather conditions including snow, ice, rain, sleet and leaves.
Although these are a few of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents, there are plenty of other hazardous conditions which can cause people to slip.
What Are The Most Common Types of Accidents?
Knowing the most common types of slip and fall accidents can help you to avoid becoming a victim of an accident.
Some of the most common types of slip and fall accidents that occur in New York City include:
- Slip & Fall at Apartment Complexes
- Slip & Fall on Sidewalks (snowy, icy, cracked, etc..)
- Slip & Fall at Work (offices, restaurants, construction sites, etc..)
- Slip & Fall at Places of Business (supermarkets, stores, bodegas, etc..)
- Slip & Fall at Bars / Nightclubs
What Is Premises Liability?
Many victims injured in a slip and fall accident in New York City are able to recover compensation in a premises liability lawsuit to help pay for physical and financial damages incurred as a result of their accident.
Premises liability is the legal responsibility of a landlord or owner of a property to maintain reasonably safe conditions on their property.
When an unsafe condition on a property causes a visitor to slip or trip and suffer an injury, it is possible to hold the property owner legally responsible for certain damages associated with the injury that occurred.
However, winning a premises liability lawsuit is not easy and often requires the help of an experienced lawyer. In order to win a slip and fall case you must be able to prove that:
- You were lawfully visiting the property where your injury occurred
- A dangerous conditions existed on the property which led to your injury
- The responsible party should have known about the condition and fixed it
What Should I Do After Falling?
Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries for the victims involved. Understanding what to do after an accident can be very important when it comes to a successful recovery.
1.) Consult A Medical Professional For Your Injury
The first thing that you should do after slipping and suffering an injury is seek medical attention for the injury that you’ve suffered, as well as any other injuries that you may not be aware of.
Many individuals do not seek immediate medical attention because they do not think that that. However, some injuries can take weeks or even months to become. Additionally, injuries that go untreated can become much worse and can even result in permanent injury.
Be sure to collect any medical documents or bills associated with your treatment as they may be useful in a personal injury lawsuit or workers’ compensation claim.
2.) Report Your Injury To Your Employer (If You Were Injured At Work)
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident at work then you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. However, it is important to report your injury to your employer or manager as soon as you can in order to successfully recover workers’ compensation.
3.) Contact An Experienced Lawyer
Victims who become injured after slipping or falling can incur serious injuries. These injuries often result in medical expenses and time away from work.
Many slip and fall victims are unsure of what to do after an accident.
Fortunately, there are several potential options for recovering compensation to help pay for medical expenses and lost income.
However, it is important to work with an experienced slip and fall lawyer in order to maximize your chances of recovering compensation.
You can contact our personal injury lawyers at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, P.C. today for a free consultation. Call us
We’ve also created a helpful guide on what to do after slipping and falling on snow or ice in New York City. While the guide discusses steps to take after a slip and fall on snowy / icy sidewalks, these basic steps can be applied to any slip and fall accident.
If you have any other questions relating to slip and fall accidents in New York please feel free to contact us for a free case evaluation. Our main offices are located in Manhattan, but we serve clients in Long Island, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and other areas surrounding New York City.
Call (212) 285-3300 today to speak with a helpful slip and fall lawyer.