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Types of Slip & Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents happen every day in New York City. This is because a person can slip and fall in just about any environment. Furthermore, anyone can become the victim of such an accident when it is least expected.

For some interesting slip and fall statistics, click here.

Below we discuss a few of the most common types of slip and fall accidents that occur in New York City, as well as what to do after slipping.

Slip / Trip Accidents In New York City

Slip and fall accidents can happen in any place where a person walks. That said, there are some places where slip and fall accidents occur more frequently than others in New York City.

Understanding the most common types of slip and fall accidents can help you to avoid becoming a victim of one.

Falling At An Apartment Complex

Premises liability requires the owner of an apartment complex or condominium to maintain safe conditions on their property for all residents and patrons.

Unfortunately, this does not always happen. In fact, negligence on behalf of building owners often leads to slip and fall accidents in apartments complexes. Whether it is a wet floor, uneven walking surface or poorly lit area that causes a slip and fall in an apartment, the victim may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit.

Hazardous Sidewalks

Sidewalks in New York City can be hazardous to pedestrians and are often the cause of a slip or trip accident.

Additionally, the time of year can affect the frequency of slip accidents compared to trip accidents. In the summertime trip and fall accidents are more common cause of injury, while slip accidents occur much more frequently in the winter due to the snowy / icy conditions.

Snowy / Icy Conditions

Snowy or icy conditions are among the leading causes of slip and fall accidents during the winter.

As a result, it may be possible to file a premises liability lawsuit after slipping on a snowy or icy sidewalk depending on where the sidewalk is located.

Falls In The Office / At Work

Slip and fall accidents happen all the time in workplace environments. This is especially true in jobs or industries which require lots of fast-paced walking, as well as work environments that deal with slippery substances.

For example, waiters working in the restaurant industry are highly susceptible to slip and fall accidents due to the combination of fast-paced walking along with slippery floors in the kitchen.

However, slip and fall accidents can happen in any workplace environment, even in offices where the obvious hazards may not be present.

Slippery hallways, defective stairs and hazardous objects can all contribute to causing a slip or trip injury in the office.

When the negligence of another party causes you to suffer a slip and fall at work you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.

Additionally, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation after being injured in a slip and fall at work.

Store or Place Of Business

Premises liability requires a business owner to maintain reasonably safe conditions at his or her place of business for all persons.

However, people often injure themselves after slipping in stores and other places of business throughout New York City.

In particular, supermarkets and other stores which carry slippery products are among the most hazardous for pedestrians.

When an unsafe condition, such as a slippery floor, causes an individual to suffer an injury then that individual may be able to recover compensation.

Bars & Nightclubs

New York is home to numerous bars and nightclubs. While these establishments can be great places for entertainment, they can also be hazardous to patrons under certain circumstances.

Slipping is particularly common in bars and nightclubs due to the fact that many people are consuming beverages which often get spilled.

Should I Contact A Personal Injury Lawyer In NYC?

Did you suffer an injury after being involved in a slip and fall injury?

If so, you may be entitled to compensation for damages including pain, medical bills, lost income and other damages associated with your injury.

However, it is not easy to obtain the compensation that you may need without the help of an experienced slip and fall attorney.

At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, P.C. we have helped many slip and fall accident victims over the years.

Contact us today if you’ve been injured and are curious about your legal rights. We offer free consultations for any accident victim in New York City.

Call us today at (212) 285-3300 for a case evaluation.