When you are injured in a slip and fall accident, the resulting physical injuries can be quite severe. If the conditions leading to your slip and fall should have been prevented by the property owner or another responsible party, then you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and for other damages.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Relatively small changes in a walkway can lead to a serious slip and fall accident. A small depression in a parking lot's pavement can result in a trip that twists an ankle and damages a knee. A lightweight carpet or mat can easily shift underfoot causing a person to trip and hit his or her head on the floor or other object.
There are many factors that can contribute to a slip and fall accident, such as:
- Slippery surfaces
- Mats, rugs and carpets
- Pallets obstructing aisles in stores
- Uneven sidewalks, potholes and broken pavement
- Objects and obstructions left in walkways
- Uneven or defective stairs or entryways
While these kind of things are sometimes a normal part of living in an imperfect world, in other situations they are hazardous conditions that should have been addressed by the person responsible for the property.
Fault in a Slip and Fall Case
Property owners can be held accountable for injuries caused by their own negligence. However, these types of personal injury cases, known as premises liability claims, can be difficult to prove.
In order to prove negligence in a slip and fall case, you must establish that the owner knew or should have known about the dangerous condition and had a reasonable amount of time to fix the problem prior to the accident.
Ira Maurer has more than 30 years of experience investigating and pursuing slip and fall accident claims in New York. He has won more than 1,000 personal injury verdicts and settlements.
To find out if you have an injury case based on a slip and fall accident, please call The Maurer Law Firm at 845-896-5295 to schedule a free consultation with experienced slip and fall attorney Ira Maurer. Our office is in Fishkill, and we serve clients in Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls and other areas of Dutchess County, as well as nearby communities like Newburgh.