Slip and fall accidents can occur in the workplace, at home, and everywhere in between.
The severity of injuries suffered from a slip accident can vary significantly – ranging from minor injury to death. In fact, slips, trips and falls account for 15% of all accidental deaths. However, many of these slip or trip accidents that occur can be prevented with proper knowledge and precaution.
In this article we discuss slip and fall accidents in New York City including the common causes and injuries, as well as ways to protect yourself.
3 Common Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can be caused by a variety of different contributing factors. However, there are certain conditions that are more likely to cause an accident. Determining the cause of an accident is often helpful in determining any liable parties.
Three common causes of slip and falls are listed below:
Wet / Slippery Floors
Wet or slippery walking surfaces often lead to slip and fall accidents.
This is common among grocery stores and markets, as products can be spilled on the floor.
Additionally, a floor may become slippery during a rainy day when pedestrians enter a building after walking outside. It is important to be careful when entering a building during a rainy day – especially those with naturally slippery flooring, such as an executive office building with marble tiled flooring.
Snowy / Icy Sidewalks
Snowy and icy sidewalks are the leading causes of slip and fall accidents in New York City during the winter.
Walking carefully can be very important in preventing slip and fall during the winter. Plan to leave yourself enough time to get your destination without having to rush.
Additionally, wearing boots or proper footwear during the winter months can reduce your risk for experiencing a slip and fall on snowy or icy sidewalks in New York.
Dangerous / Hazardous Objects
Ultimately, any object in a walking area that could create a slip and fall can be considered hazardous.
Examples of common walking hazards include:
- Objects with wheels (i.e. skateboard)
- Spherical objects such as a ball
- Unmarked objects in walking paths
Sometimes, hazardous conditions are not so obvious. Any object that could reduce the friction between the floor and your shoe can contribute to a slip accident. For example, a small rug can actually reduce the friction between the bottom of a shoe and the floor if not properly secured.
What Types of Injuries Occur?
A slip and fall accident can result in several different types of injuries, depending on the specific circumstances of a fall. However, there are certain types of injuries that occur more frequently than others during a slip and fall including ankle, wrist and head injuries.
Ankle Or Foot Injury
Due to the nature of a slip and fall accidents, foot and ankle injuries are common. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, it is possible to suffer a sprained ankle, fractured ankle or even a torn tendon or muscle.
Unfortunately, a serious ankle injury, such as a sprain or fracture, can result in time away from and other serious consequences.
Arm / Elbow Injury
Suffering an arm injury due to a slip and fall is not uncommon.
Most people attempt to break their fall in any way possible. In fact, a person will often resort to using their arms to break the fall, and as a result, may suffer an arm injury of some degree.
The wrist is one of the most injury-prone parts of the arm due to the nature of the wrist and also our tendency to use our hands to slow a fall.
Fall accidents of all kinds can result in a head injury which can lead to serious injury or even death.
When a person knocks his or her head on the ground or some other hard object, it is possible that he or she can suffer a concussion, cranial bleed or even death.
Importance of Maintaining Safety As A Business Owner
It is important for business owners to maintain a place of business that is free of walking hazards and an overall safe environment for the safety of others including any employees or patrons.
In fact, it is required by law that business owners maintain a safe property.
Failing to do so can cause serious injuries and can result in the business owner being sued by individuals injured on the premises.
To read more about premises liability law click here.
Slip & Fall Lawyers In New York City
In the unfortunate event that you do suffer an injury after slipping, you may be entitled to recover compensation in a premises liability lawsuit. However, proving negligence and recovering compensation is often easier said than done.
Working with an experienced slip and fall lawyer can improve your chances of recovering any financial compensation that you may be owed.
At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, P.C. our lawyers have helped many slip and fall victims to obtain compensation for damages over the years. Contact us today for a free consultation.