Slips and falls are common events that can happen anywhere. In fact, they happen every second of the day. They can happen at work, in a grocery store, while dining at your favorite restaurant, while climbing upstairs, on a sidewalk, in a parking lot and even in your home.
Slips and falls are often caused by the victim’s own carelessness. They may have been distracted and not watching where they were going, causing them to not see the hazard in their path. They can also be caused by mobility issues. Elderly people are especially susceptible to falls, and they are the leading cause of injury and death among older Americans.
However, there are also many cases where a slip and fall is caused by a third party’s negligence. Under premises liability laws, property owners must keep their properties safe and free from dangers. This means that they must keep walkways clear, clean up spills and hazardous conditions promptly and fix broken stairs and other dangers. A failure to do so means that an injured victim may be able to take legal action and recover compensation for damages. Read on to learn more about the causes of slips and falls and when to take action.
Causes of Slips and Falls
Slips and falls often occur on slippery and uneven surfaces. This means that spills, loose floorboards, potholes, loose mats and certain types of flooring can cause people to slip and fall. Broken stairs, falling debris and cluttered walkways can also cause slips and falls. Lighting is also an issue. Many people suffer slips and falls due to visibility issues. If an area is poorly lit, it is easy to fall into a hole, trip over something and cause a person to lose their footing.
Wintry weather conditions can also cause slips and falls. It is not uncommon for people to suffer serious injuries after slipping on ice, rain puddles and snow.
Taking Legal Action
If you suffered a slip and fall on someone else’s property, then you may be able to take legal action. The first step is to seek medical attention. Slips and falls often cause serious injuries, and in order to file a claim, you need to have suffered damages.
Evidence is key in a slip and fall case. If you can take photos of the scene and clearly identify the issue, then you will have a stronger case. If there were witnesses who saw you fall, they can corroborate your claim.
If you fell at a business, you will likely need to fill out a report. In any case, make sure the business is aware of the incident so they are not surprised if you file a legal claim against them.
Get Hurt? Get Gary!
Slips and falls are no laughing matter. They can cause serious injuries and death, so prevention is key. If you or a loved one has been injured by someone’s negligence, it’s crucial that you seek legal action.
Get legal help from the Falkowitz Law Firm. We can determine if your fall and subsequent injuries were the results of a premises liability case or another form of negligence. Make sure you obtain the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation by calling 844-GET-GARY today.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.