How Do Slip & Falls Accidents Happen?
A Slip and Fall can happen at anytime, anywhere and to anyone. However, there are certain circumstances which are known to cause slip and fall accidents more often than others.
Understanding the most common causes of these accidents can help you to avoid them.
Causes of Slip & Fall Accidents In New York City
While a person can slip on any type of walking surface, people are more susceptible to slipping on wet surfaces or other hazardous walking surfaces.
Below we discuss some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents:
Wet Or Slippery Floors
Surface conditions such as wet flooring is one of the most common causes of a slip and fall injury.
Wet floors often cause slip and fall accidents in grocery stores, hospitals, schools, apartment buildings and other places where inherently slippery flooring exists.
Uneven or Hazardous Walking Surfaces
Uneven surfaces are another common cause of slip and fall accidents. For example, an unmarked change in elevation of flooring in the lobby of an apartment building (as seen in photo) could cause a person to trip . Conversely, a person could slip down the unmarked drop in elevation and become injured.
Damaged sidewalks can also create an uneven walking surface which a person can slip or trip on. Additionally, sidewalks can become dangerous when covered in snow or ice.
A lack of proper lighting in an area where someone is walking can also lead to slip or trip accidents.
For example, a poorly lit stairwell can cause a person to misjudge the distance between steps causing them to either slip while descending or trip while ascending the flight of stairs.
Rain, snow, ice and leaves are all environmental hazards which can cause a person to slip. While these are all naturally occurring weather conditions that cannot be prevented, they can be cleaned up which decrease the possibility of a slip accident.
In fact, premises liability requires certain parties (either the city or landowner) to remove snow and other hazardous conditions on sidewalks, depending on the location of the sidewalk. During winter, sidewalks and walkways must be addressed to prevent slipping on snow or ice in New York City.
Can I File A Lawsuit?
This is one of many questions asked by slip and fall victims and is it is important to know your legal options.
Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries for the people involved. When a person is injured in a slip and fall accident, that person may incur certain expenses and may also be required to take time off of work to recover from their injuries.
The combination of lost wages and unexpected medical expenses can quickly lead to financial stress for an injured victim.
Fortunately, many victims are able to recover compensation after a slip and fall injury to help pay for expenses, as well as any past or future losses. This is done by filing a premises liability lawsuit with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
Workers’ Compensation For A Injuries In The Workplace
Under the New York Workers’ Compensation system, any worker who is injured on the job or while in the course of work is entitled to workers’ compensation. This is true regardless of what type of accident occurred and how the accident was caused. Therefore, if you suffered an injury after slipping and falling in the workplace, you are likely entitled to workers compensation to help pay for financial losses related to your injury.
Contact Our Lawyers In NYC
Were you injured after slipping and falling? You may have questions about your slip and fall or may be wondering what to do next.
If so, contact the attorneys of Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, P.C. today. Our firm provides free consultations for victims injured in slip and fall accidents.
Our offices are located in Downtown Manhattan, however we serve clients in Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn and other areas outside of New York City.