Trip and Fall Accidents
Our Personal Injury Attorneys Fight for the Maximum Possible Compensation
Given the foot traffic that New York witnesses on a regular basis, it’s common for people to meet with trip and fall accidents owing to cracks, uneven surfaces, and other hazards. What helps is that people involved in trip and fall accidents might be able to receive compensation.
Common Reasons for Trip and Fall Accidents
Poor lighting and bad weather conditions can cause someone to trip and fall. The other common reasons include:
- Unsafe surfaces. These may come in the form of cracked, uneven, broken, or otherwise hazardous sidewalks, walkways, stairs, or ramps.
- Workplace hazards. Trip and fall accidents may take place at workplaces because of debris, improper footwear, loose clothing, or inadequate/improper signage.
- Clutter. Cluttered floors as well as food, liquid, and chemical spills may lead to trip and fall accidents.
Who is Liable in a Trip and Fall Case?
Determining liability in a trip and fall case requires paying attention to different aspects. Personal injury attorneys who handle such cases tend to address these factors.
- Absence of lighting
- Faulty or inadequate lighting
- Absence of warning signs
- ADA compliance
- Presence of debris
- Presence of repairable cracks
- Presence of optical confusion
- Failure to demarcate
Common Trip and Fall Injuries
Trip and fall injuries can range from minor to serious. The most common types include:
- Cuts and abrasions
- Dislocated joints
- Soft tissue injuries
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries
The Sidewalk Defect Law
According to New York’s sidewalk defect law, property owners have a non-delegable responsibility to maintain the public sidewalks adjoining their premises. They are also required to keep the same free of tripping hazards/defects. These may include improper repair work, improper slopes between slabs, raised slabs, uneven slabs, collapsed sidewalks, and other tripping hazards. However, the law exempts one-, two-, and three-family home property owners, provided the homes are used only for residential purposes. In such cases, claims for injuries need to be filed against local municipalities.
Why Hire an Attorney?
Trip and fall cases typically require investigation of the accident and gathering evidence, both best left to an experienced attorney. Besides, a personal injury attorney can help you calculate the damages you may seek. With an attorney by your side, you stand better placed at the negotiation table with insurance companies and defense attorneys alike. In addition, your attorney can also help you if your case ends up going to trial
Why Choose Us?
Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys comprises some of the best in New York. Once you choose to use our services, we take the onus of guiding you through every step of the process without being overbearing. We pay due attention to aspects such as carrying out investigations, collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, and determining who to hold liable. At the end of the day, we aim to get you the compensation that can help make your life easier.