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Slip & Fall


Injuries from Slip/Trip and Falls are avoidable, but unfortunately, in New York, landowners, commercial property managers and public authorities still take their eye off the ball and allow hazards to exist. Although negligence in these cases can be difficult to prove, the right attorney can explore all potential targets. The biggest issue with Slip/Trip and Fall Cases is notice. The person or agency owning or controlling the land must have notice of the defective condition before a claim can be considered viable. If the defendant can prove they had no notice of the condition, no negligence claim will stick.

Notice can either be actual notice or constructive notice. Constructive notice means that the landowner should have known that the defective condition existed. For example, water on the floor, unlevel sidewalk, or broken overhead lighting that existed for a long enough time for the owner to notice and remedy it. If the defendant can prove that they did not have notice of the condition or that the condition was "transient" they will not be considered negligent for their lack of action.

I have helped people who have had an accident due to the following conditions:

  • Unlevel/raised sidewalk in front of a private residence
  • Unlevel/raised walkway at a commercial building
  • Slip and fall on ice at a car body shop
  • Trip over an unmarked/hjdden trailer hitch at a car repair yard
  • Slip on spilled liquid at a big box grocery store
  • Slip on garbage/wet staircase in a subway station
  • Trip over a negligently cordoned off display at a hardware store
  • Trip on a poorly-lit pathway at commercial catering establishment
  • I have helped people who have sustained the following types of injuries
  • after a slip/trip and fall accident:
  • Fractured Wrist Requiring Plate and Screws
  • Fractured Arm
  • Fractured Hand
  • Facial Injuries
  • Torn Meniscus (knee) Requiring Surgery
  • Hip Injury

Most of the injuries from Slip/Trip and Falls are to the arm, hand or wrist. This is due to the fact that people try to brace their falls by putting their arms out in front of them. The damages can be extremely extensive from slip and fall cases with many requiring surgery and time out from work or school.

If you are involved in a slip/trip and fall injury on a commercial property, make sure you make out a report to the management at the time. In addition, try to take pictures of the area surrounding where you fell. If you are unable to do so, have a family member help. The more evidence you can create at the time of the accident, the harder it will be for the insurance company to try to say that you were fabricating your story. Additionally, keep the shoes and clothes you were wearing so that your lawyer has the full picture.

In order for a lawyer to effectively assist you, it is always best to contact us as soon as possible after a Slip/Trip and Fall. A great deal of investigative work needs to be undertaken and evidence needs to be preserved, including measurements, photographs of the scene, and witness statements. We are here to assist you!


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