Trip and fall accidents are far too common, and the injuries that can result from these mishaps can have a detrimental impact on your health, finances and future well-being. Property owners have an obligation to ensure their grounds are safe and free of hazards. When you are injured on another person’s property, you may have grounds to pursue damages from the owner of the property.
If you’ve been hurt in a trip and fall accident and need an experienced attorney to help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve, please contact Reid B. Wissner Law Offices today by completing the form on this page or calling 212-406-9288 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We proudly welcome clients from Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx.
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Please read the following sections to learn more about injury claims involving slips, trips and falls:
- Trip, slip and fall premises liability cases
- Common trip and fall injuries
- Where do trip, slip and fall accidents happen?
- Common causes of trip, slip and fall accidents
- Trip and falls on cracked and broken sidewalks
- Slip and fall accidents caused by snow and ice
- Compensation in slip and fall and trip and fall accidents
- Schedule your free consultation today
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A trip and fall accident can result in all kinds of injuries that vary in severity. Some falls lead to scrapes and bruises. These types of injuries don’t usually have any financial or emotional repercussions beyond perhaps some temporary embarrassment.
However, some trips and falls can lead to serious personal injury, and negatively affect your ability to work or perform typical daily tasks. The following injuries commonly require medical attention and can result in extended therapy, time away from work, mounting medical bills and uncertainty about the future:
- Fractured and broken bones: Fractures are very common in slip and fall accidents. You may break a wrist or arm trying to brace yourself from a fall or break other bones depending on how you land. For elderly people, broken hips can be life-threatening experiences.
- Spinal cord injury: These serious injuries can be so severe that they result in partial or complete paralysis and even death.
- Traumatic brain injury: Brain injuries can arise from all types of injuries. TBIs present life-altering consequences for cognition, emotions, motor and language skills and more.
- Soft tissue damage: Unfortunately, far too many people who suffer trip and fall accidents consider their injuries to be just sprains and don’t seek legal action. However, even strains and sprains can have far-reaching consequences. For example, injuries to a knee ligament may require rehabilitation or even surgery, and make it difficult or impossible to perform your job duties.
Broken, cracked or otherwise dangerous city sidewalks can result in severe injuries. When sidewalks are not adequately maintained by property owners, those who travel along them are at risk of tripping and falling.
New York law requires residential and commercial property owners to maintain sidewalks in a safe condition and remove hazards that could cause someone to slip, trip and fall. Unfortunately, these dangerous conditions are often overlooked, creating a hazardous environment for pedestrians. Sidewalk accidents can be caused by:
- Lack of warnings or caution signs in work zones
- Utility caps or gas caps sticking up from the sidewalk
- Failure to adequately remove snow and ice
- Damaged metal sidewalk gratings
- Buckling caused by tree roots
- Loose brick walkways
- Large cracks
- Uneven pavement
Unfortunately, children, senior citizens, mothers with strollers and other individuals with mobility challenges are most likely to suffer sidewalk accidents. If you or someone you love has slipped and fallen or tripped and fallen on a New York sidewalk, it is important to contact Reid Wissner today to schedule a free consultation to determine the strength of your claim.
New York winters can be downright frightful for people traveling by foot: relentless snowstorms, freezing rain, blustery winds and sub-zero temperatures can all contribute to a serious risk for pedestrians.
The accumulation of snow and ice on sidewalks, parking lots and driveways can create a multitude of hazard zones, resulting in serious and potentially lifelong injuries. Unfortunately, many people who slip and fall on slick and icy surfaces are often too embarrassed to file legal claims because they mistakenly believe that the accident was their fault. However, that is often not true.
It’s important to know that property owners have a legal duty to ensure their property, whether it be a public space, commercial business, private home or rental property, is free from dangerous conditions, including:
- Parking lots
Property owners are obligated to clear access to their own buildings, parking lots and walkways even when these areas have been blocked by snow that was pushed aside by a city plow. These areas must be cleared without moving the accumulated snow onto city streets.
Additionally, property owners are required to keep interior floors dry. This can be accomplished by consistently mopping up any ice or snow tracked in by visitors, customers or employees. “Wet floor” signs should be set out to alert others to potential hazards.
Reid B. Wissner Law Offices understands what a difficult time this can be for you and your family; let him focus on all of aspects of your case so you can focus on healing. To schedule your free slip and fall consultation, please contact us today by using the form on this page or calling 212-406-9288. We proudly help accident victims from throughout the areas of Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx.