Slip, Trip and Fall Injury

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Person at bottom of stairs following a slip and fall accident

As we approach the colder months of late autumn and winter, the risk of slip and fall injury increases. From leaves hiding dangerous obstructions to wet and icy walkways, slip and fall accidents can become a real concern when things get cold in Upstate New York, making it important that we walk carefully and pay attention to our surroundings.

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The Covid 19 virus pandemic lock down (or "stay in place" at home) has impacted all aspects of life.  This includes the legal system.  Except for essential functions such as criminal proceedings or the need to obtain a protective order from a court, the courts are shutdown to visitors.  That means no civil cases (i.e.

            In the year 2020, use of social media services to communicate with friends and families has replaced letter writing and telephone calls as a primary vehicle of staying connected.  Use of the social media services is not without its drawbacks.  False identity representation in dating services and as a means to steal is rampant.  Social media users also don’t always realize the impact postings can have on their employment when employers use sophisticated background checks that reveal public postings by an applicant.  However, there is another problem that few appreciate other than

In trip and fall cases, defendant property owners will generally not be held liable where a trip is caused by a trivial defect which is in plain sight.  What exactly is a trivial defect and how does the court system decide motions to dismiss lawsuits based upon the trivial defect defense?  The following Second Department appeals court decision provides an explanation.

Tesoriero v Brinckerhoff Park, LLC

2015 NY Slip Op 01938

Decided on March 11, 2015

Appellate Division, Second Department


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Thousands of people each year are injured while slipping on ice, wet floors, or damaged walkways; or by falling from unstable balconies, damaged stairs, or into inadequately-signed holes. If you or a loved one has been impacted by such a personal injury, you may be able to seek damages from the property owner or your employer (if your injury happened on the job). These can include compensatory damages to:

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As previously discussed on this blog, when you are bringing a lawsuit to recover damages for a slip and fall that happens after a snow storm, it's necessary to be familiar with applicable laws and regulations that govern how much time a property owner has after the end of a storm to make the adjoining sidewalk reasonably safe to walk on.

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Slip, Trip and Fall Injury: Property owner liability for slip, trip an fall injuries is not absolute.  Property owners must be allowed a reasonable amount of time to remove hazardous conditions resulting from a storm.  However, the property owner cannot rely on the "storm in progress" regardless of the circumstances as the property owner found out in the case of Rijos v. Riverbay Corp., decided by the First Department appeals court on 4/2/13.

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