Slips, Trips And Falls
Were You Hurt in a Fall Accident?
Slip, trip, and fall accidents are some of the most common causes of personal injuries. And they are usually avoidable through the exercise of caution by the owners and maintainers of property. When you are injured by unsafe conditions within or upon a public or private property, the owner, landlord, or manager of the property may be legally responsible to pay you for your injuries and economic losses.
Slip, trip, and fall accidents can occur anywhere, including inside and outside of:
- Shopping malls
- Grocery stores
- Apartment buildings
- Private Homes
- Commercial facilities
- Public and Private Sidewalks
- Stairs in any type of Premises
Causes of Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents
Property owners, landlords, and managers have a duty to keep their premises in a safe condition. Generally, slip accidents occur because a temporary substance, like liquid, ice, or debris is permitted to lie on a floor or stair surface for too long despite the premises maintainer’s opportunity to remove or warn of it.
Trip accidents commonly occur from breaks, holes, or other structural defects in stairs or flooring. Frequently, trip accidents occur because the person responsible for maintaining the inside or outside of the property violates New York State, City, or other local building safety codes. In fall-down-stairs cases, a slip or trip incident may occur and the user of the stairs might have been able to prevent himself from falling had proper handrails been available, or the width, depth, and surface of the steps been in conformity with the various safety codes.
Common cases of premises owner, landlord, and manager negligence involve:
- Failure to properly clean and remove liquid, ice, or debris from interior floors
- Snow or ice removal efforts that cause or make worse ice formations outside of a building or parking lot
- Holes, cracks, or misleveled flooring surfaces inside or outside of a premises
- Lack of proper handrails along staircases
- Lack of warning to customers of a slippery conditions or trip hazards
- Inadequate lighting in building stairways and halls
- Structurally unsound steps or railings
- Leaving stationary items in aisles or walkways
Proving Fault for a Premises Liability Claim
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip- or trip and fall accident, you will need legal guidance to prove fault. As an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney in Brooklyn, our firm will prosecute your case to ensure that any legally responsible parties are held accountable.
Generally, to hold a person or company responsible for your injuries, the owner of the premises, maintenance company, or an employee:
- Must have created, known, or had the opportunity to discover the debris or other dangerous condition
- Must have had enough time to remove the debris or other dangerous condition
- Must have failed to make reasonable efforts to remove the debris or other dangerous condition, or made such condition worse by his or her efforts
- Must have caused your accident and injuries by allowing the debris or other dangerous condition to persist
Law Office of James Trainor, P.C. aggressively prosecutes all of its clients’ cases to maximize the value of their personal injury claims and ensure that their cases move swiftly through the court system. You deserve our thorough efforts to recover the full compensation you deserve as soon as possible. Schedule a free case evaluation right away.