Slip and fall accidents are when you lose your footing and fall. The impact with the ground or another object causes personal injuries, which can range from mild to severe or even fatal. The New York Department of Health notes that slips and falls are a leading cause of death, particularly among the elderly and young children. A slip and fall accident can happen for several reasons, and often, someone else is at least partly liable for your injury.
If you suffered injuries in a fall, you should speak with a slip and fall accident lawyer about your options for recovering compensation. Slip and fall lawyers fight for victims’ rights and help them the compensation they deserve. Look for one with a proven track record of recovering compensation for victims of falls, and who has the resources to work for you. Finally, be sure to work with a lawyer who offers a free initial consultation and only charges an attorney’s fee when you collect compensation.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
A slip and fall can happen for any number of reasons. It only takes a split second to take a wrong step and lose your balance or have one of your legs give out on you. Often, something external, such as an unmarked obstacle on the floor or an uneven spot in the pavement or flooring, causes that wrong step.
It is not the fall itself but the landing that can cause injuries, sometimes severe ones. If you land wrong, you could break a bone, hit your head, contort your spine in an unnatural position, or twist or pull a joint, muscle, or tendon. Some injuries from slipping and falling require extensive medical care and force you to miss work for an extended period while you recover. The financial costs of treating and recovering from a slip and fall injury can be substantial, and that’s before accounting for the pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-economic costs.
Even if you believe your slip and fall was the result of carelessness or clumsiness, it is worth your time to investigate and determine if someone else might be liable. Hazardous conditions that someone else had a duty to address may be the cause of many seemingly random falls.
A few of the more common causes of slip and fall accidents are:
- Unmarked obstacles
- Wet or slippery floors
- Uneven pavement
- Potholes or cracks in pavement or flooring
- Missing stairs
- Missing handrails
- Poor lighting
Regardless of the reason for your slip and fall injury, it is worth your time to have it investigated so that you can determine if someone else was liable. A slip and fall accident attorney can look into your injury, identify the responsible party or parties, and gather the evidence needed to hold them accountable.
Proving Liability for Injuries After Slipping and Falling
Depending on the exact cause of your slip and fall, there might be one or more responsible parties. Your attorney can investigate your accident, determine exactly how it happened, and uncover whether a dangerous or hazardous condition existed that one or more parties should have addressed.
Potentially liable parties for your slip and fall include:
The Property Owner
If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, the owner may be liable for your injuries. Property owners have a duty to address hazardous conditions and keep guests safe from them.
The Property Manager
If a manager maintains the property where you slipped and fell, the manager or management company has many of the same duties as the owner—namely, to address hazardous conditions before they injure guests.
A Product Manufacturer
If your slip and fall resulted from a faulty or defective product, such as an escalator, elevator, or even shoes or roller skates, we may be able to hold the manufacturer liable.
Compensation for Your Slip and Fall Injuries
After slipping and falling, you may be eligible for the following forms of compensation and more:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
Contact Our Slip and Fall Lawyers for a Free Case Evaluation
Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P., can help you get the compensation you deserve for a slip and fall injury. Our slip and fall accident attorneys are eager to hear from you and get to work on your case. We even have staff who speak Spanish and Russian for your assistance. For a free case evaluation, call (631) 451-7900.