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The Legal Perspective of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall injuries can result in a serious temporary disability or even cause a permanent disability. When injuries are debilitating, you may need to consider taking legal action. Slip and fall cases typically fall under premises liability law where property owners are negligent about keeping their buildings or grounds in safe condition.

A lawsuit that holds a negligent property owner accountable for slip and fall injuries can help you defray the high costs of damages. Compensation can help you pay medical bills, replace lost income and also offer monetary amends for the pain and suffering you experienced.

Are All Property Owners Subject to Premises Liability Law?

No. There are exceptions in New York law where the owner has no liability and is not responsible for keeping the property safe. These exceptions apply to certain types of land use, especially recreational land uses, such as the following: hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, horseback riding, bicycle riding, sledding, tobogganing, cross-country skiing, snowmobile operation and hang gliding.

What Must an Attorney Prove in a Slip and Fall Case?

Typically, a lawyer must prove one of these two elements for an actionable claim:

New York law also takes contributory negligence into consideration in slip and fall cases. The court would consider whether the injury victim failed to take reasonable precautions to avoid injury. For example, ignoring a warning sign would be negligence on the part of the person who suffered the injury.

If you have suffered from a slip and fall accident and believe it was due to another property owner’s negligence, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. There is no charge for a consultation to determine whether legal action should be taken.

Hazardous property conditions can result in slips and falls. A slip and fall accident may not strike you as a serious type of accident, but incidents exists where people have fallen, hit their heads and died from concussions in slip and fall accidents. Elderly people in particular often suffer serious injuries from broken hips, backs and other broken bones in slip and fall accidents.

Under NY law, what is considered a slip and fall accident?

Slip and fall cases arise when a dangerous condition in a walking surface causes a person to slip and fall. Examples of dangerous surfaces are surfaces where there is water, ice, oil, soap, holes, cracks, torn carpet or other defects. The surface can be outdoors or indoors.

What Makes Another Party Liable in a Slip and Fall Case?

The property owner must have been negligent about handling the dangerous condition in order for grounds to exist to pursue a slip-and-fall case. In other words, the property owner should have known about the hazardous condition and then failed to repair, clean, wipe up or rope off the area or warn about the danger.

What Are Some Examples of Slip and Fall Cases?

The New York Bar Association provides the following examples of slip and fall cases where property owners may have failed to adequately deal with a dangerous property condition:

In every case listed above, when property owners do not know or could not have known about the dangerous condition, negligence may not exist, and there would be no grounds for a case.

What Should You Do in a Slip and Fall Accident?

Our attorneys at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP  have extensive experience representing clients in slip and fall accidents.

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