Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and Fall Accidents on Long Island
Serious Injuries Resulting from Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injury. Broken bones or head injuries often result, and as a matter of fact, one in five falls causes a serious injury. The elderly are most at risk for falls, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Statistics show that 25% of people who fall every year are 65 and older.
The emotional impact of a slip and fall can be life changing. A fear of falling can make the person less physically active, and less active people are more prone to becoming weaker, which in turn increases the risk of falling.
What Types of Injuries Arise Out of Slip and Fall Accidents?
Negligence in Slip and Fall Cases
In many instances, it is no one’s fault that a person fell. This is especially true when people are not paying attention or for some reason they lose their balance.
However, there are also situations where someone is at fault because negligence has led to a slip and fall accident. A property owner can put people at risk by failing to repair hazards or failing to put up warning signs until hazards are fixed. In such instances, the negligent party can be held accountable, and bringing a lawsuit typically helps make conditions safer for other people.
When a person slips and falls because of a property hazard, legal grounds may exist to pursue a premises liability lawsuit. Under New York law, proper owners owe a duty of care to people they have invited or allowed to be on their property. Property must be kept safe.
When the owner knew about an unsafe condition or should have known about it and did nothing to fix it, the owner is generally liable.
Broken steps, a lack of handrails, cracked sidewalks, poor lighting, icy parking lots and uneven flooring are just a few of the hazardous conditions that can lead to slipping and falling.
Accidents can occur on privately owned property and also in commercial settings. Whether the property owner can be held liable or not is something that an experienced attorney can evaluate for you. Attorneys will investigate the accident and determine whether you should take legal action.
If liability exists, we can help you can recover compensation to pay for medical costs, lost wages and other expenses related to your accident.
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