SLIP, TRIP and FALLS
Premises liability law is the body of law that makes the person or entity that owns or occupies a premises or property liable for certain injuries that occur on their premises or property due to accidents such as slip, trips and falls.
Slip, trip and fall accidents can happen in public or private places such as supermarkets, grocery stores, theme parks, malls, homes, or other properties where a defect or hazardous condition can cause a person to slip, trip and fall.
Theses defects and hazards can be manifested in a variety of circumstances, such as wet floors, ripped carpets, cracked floorboards, icy walkways, broken stairs, loose railings, and misplaced objects, to name a few.
The injuries sustained in a slip, trip and fall accident may require surgery and include spinal fractures, leg fractures, fractures to the hands and arms from trying to break the fall, wrist sprains, and back sprains.
Do You Have a Slip, Trip and Fall Case?
Those who own or occupy property in New York have a legal duty to use reasonable care to keep the property safe for those who visit, and may be found negligent if they do not take reasonable steps to remedy hazards that are known (or should have been known) to them.
This means that to be successful in a slip, trip and fall claim in New York, you may need to prove that at least one of the following is true:
- The hazardous condition that caused you to slip, trip and fall was created by the owner/occupier of the premises or property or one of their employees.
- The owner/occupier of the premises or property (or an employee) knew about the hazardous condition that caused you to slip, trip and fall and did nothing about it.
- That the owner/occupier of the premises or property (or an employee) “should have known” about the hazardous condition that caused you to slip, trip and fall.