Brooklyn Slip & Fall Attorneys
Slip & Fall Attorneys in Brooklyn Protecting Victims’ Rights
One principle of New York law is that property owners must use reasonable care to keep their property safe for visitors. When owners fail to satisfy this duty, innocent visitors can get injured.
Slip and fall injuries are quite common. One source estimates that over 1 million people need to visit the emergency room because of a slip and fall. If you’ve fallen, you might receive compensation to cover your expenses, but you should meet with a Brooklyn slip and fall attorney first.
New York Law
Whether you can sue will depend on whether the landlord or other entity in possession of the property used reasonable care to keep the property safe. But what is reasonable care? New York’s law doesn’t tell premises owners exactly what to do. Instead, every slip and fall case is analyzed on a case-by-case basis.
The first issue is to identify the hazard that caused you to slip. This might include:
- Spilled liquids
- Wet leaves
- Freshly mopped or waxed floors
- Worn carpet treads
Next, we need to ask whether the landlord exercised sufficient control over the hazard. Is it something he actually knew about or something he should have known about? Is it something he could have fixed or warned others about?
Each case is different, and you should meet with a Brooklyn slip and fall accidents lawyer to review your case.
Slip and Fall Examples
Imagine if Kendra walks into a grocery store and slips on water that has collected in the produce section. The store mists its vegetables, but this mist pools as condensation on the floor, where there are no carpets. In this example, the store should know that water collects on the floor, and the store can easily prevent it or mitigate the damage. Because of this, the store could be responsible for Kendra’s slip and fall.
By contrast, Amy might slip and fall on snow that accumulates in a store parking lot during a storm. However, the storm is in progress, and the store has not had time to plow or shovel. Here, the store did not act unreasonably given the fact that snow was still falling, so it is probably not responsible for Amy's slip and fall.
Slip and Fall Defendants
Our clients slip in all sorts of places, including:
- Retail stores
- Grocery stores
- Big box stores
- Restaurants or taverns
- Public buildings
- Public sidewalks
- Private property and walkways
- Private homes
Bringing a slip and fall claim against a government agency is more complicated than suing a business or a private homeowner. If you have fallen on public property, or think you have, you should immediately meet with an attorney to protect your rights.
Slip & Fall Injuries
A victim can suffer devastating injuries, including:
- Joint injuries
- Sprains or strains
- Back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
When a landlord has acted unreasonably, a victim should not have to pay for medical care on their own.