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.