Over eight million hospital emergency room visits each year are the result of some type of fall, and slip and/or trip and fall incidents account for over 12% of that total. The elderly, in particular, are especially vulnerable to slip and/or trip and falls. Research done by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention concludes that among adults over the age of 65, one in three will suffer a fall.

Any time you walk into a public place, you are entitled to be warned of any existing hazards that could be present and could lead to serious injury. Wet or slippery floors, poor lighting, or items in the walk area can all lead to hazardous conditions and can result in slip and/or trip and fall injuries. When a person falls and strikes a hard flooring surface, the resulting injuries can be grave and result in permanent disability. As such, it is important to speak to an experienced New York slip and/or trip and fall attorney at Talisman & DeLorenz P.C. immediately.

New York law tends to favor the premises owner following a slip and/or trip and fall. Just because a person is injured on another’s property does not automatically mean a lawsuit can be brought. That being said, slip and/or trip and fall injuries can lead to extensive medical expenses and, in some cases, the victim of a slip and/or trip and fall may be unable to return to work. Following a slip and/or trip and fall—even if you don’t think you are hurt badly—it is important that you seek immediate medical attention. In many cases injuries can manifest later on, after the adrenaline rush from the accident has worn off. If you are able, or have a friend or family member with you, taking photographs of the negligent conditions, which contributed to your fall, can end up being invaluable in a later lawsuit. If there were witnesses to the accident, taking the names and numbers of those witnesses can also be extremely helpful to your New York slip and/or trip and fall attorney later on.

Specific Factors Involved in a Slip and/or Trip and Fall Injury

There are a number of factors, which may be present in a slip and/or trip and fall accident. These factors include:

  • Obstacles in the walkway which should have been reasonably removed
  • A lack of hazard or warning signs, particularly in areas around rain or snow-soaked slippery entrances
  • Store items which are stacked to dangerous heights
  • Any spilled liquid which should have reasonably been removed, cleaned up, or marked with a warning sign
  • Floors which have been freshly mopped with no warning sign
  • Poorly lit areas which make it difficult to see changes in floor height or other hazards
  • Differences in floor heights with no warning sign
  • Narrow or poorly lit staircases
  • Uneven surfaces

Main Areas Slip and/or Trip and Fall Accidents Occur

While a slip and/or trip and fall accident can occur anywhere, at any time, some of the more common public areas where these falls occur include:

  • Public restrooms
  • Malls
  • Grocery stores
  • Nightclubs
  • Curbs
  • Moving sidewalks or escalators
  • Stationary sidewalks and stairs
  • Construction areas
  • Slippery, wet areas around swimming pools
  • Bars
  • Restaurants

Regardless of where your slip and/or trip and fall injury occurred, if there was negligence involved, then the owner could possibly be liable. It is beneficial to speak with a skilled New York slip and/or trip and fall attorney in order to discuss your options and plan for your future. Prompt, thorough investigations are essential to proving your claim, and, in some cases, experts may be utilized. Your New York slip and/or trip and fall attorney will have the necessary experience and knowledge of New York laws related to your slip and fall. He or she will work hard to ensure you are not left injured, unable to work or pay your medical expenses due to the negligence of another.

Contact Talisman & DeLorenz. Your New York Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and/or trip and fall accident in New York, you need an experienced personal injury law firm on your side. At Talisman & DeLorenz, our New York slip and/or trip and fall accident attorneys have over 50 years of experience representing injured victims and their families. We understand the complexities that often surround slip and/or trip and fall accident cases. Call us today at 1-212-422-9000 for a free consultation and review of your case or fill out our confidential online contact form.

Call us Talisman & DeLorenz P.C. Members of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum and the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers, today at 1-212-422-9000 for a free consultation and review of your case or fill out our confidential online contact form. You deserve a strong legal advocate in your corner who will look out for your rights and your future.