We’ve all tripped or fell down while walking in our lives. It may be funny or even embarrassing at times but it’s something that happens to the best of us. Most often, these slips and falls can be attributed to not paying attention to where you’re walking or just plain old clumsiness, but there are times when these falls are caused by unsafe conditions on another’s premises. In these instances, slip and fall accidents can cause you personal injury.
At the Maurer Law Firm, PLLC, personal injury attorney Ira M. Maurer has experience helping those who’ve sustained injury as a result of a property owner or manager’s negligence in maintaining safe conditions on their property. In these types of premises liability cases, slip and fall accidents are common, but it’s important to note that not every fall is the direct result of negligence, and therefore may not qualify as a valid slip and fall case.
Understanding exactly what constitutes a legitimate slip and fall case will help you determine if you have legal justification to pursue compensation from the responsible party. A premises liability case can be brought upon an owner or manager of a commercial or private property, but the fall and subsequent injury must be the direct result of an unsafe condition on the property. A simple trip or misstep is not grounds for liability.
Examples of unsafe conditions that may cause a slip and fall include:
- An unsafe amount of ice or snow
- Loose rugs, carpets, or mats
- Slippery or wet floors
- Sidewalks that are uneven
- Pavement that has potholes, depressions, or is broken
- Objects or debris that are obstructing or blocking walkways
- Defective stairs or entryways
Any of these unsafe conditions may cause you to slip and fall and become injured on another’s property. However, to have a successful premises liability case you must show that negligence was involved in the hazardous conditions. Property owners and managers have a responsibility to make sure that their home or business is safe from dangerous conditions. Proving fault can be difficult in these cases, but attorney Ira Maurer has the knowledge to help you determine if you have a viable claim.
There are certain elements to a successful premises liability case regarding a slip and fall. In order to have a valid claim, one of the following must be shown:
- The owner, manager, or an employee of a property caused the unsafe condition such as spilling or creating the slippery surface, leaving an object in an unsafe way on a known walkway, or failing to shovel snow or scrape off the ice on a known walkway.
- The owner, manager, or employee of the property had to know of the hazardous condition and did not take care of it
- The owner, manager, or employee of the property should have known of the hazardous condition as any reasonable person would have noticed and taken care of the dangerous conditions
Attorney Ira Maurer has over 30 years of experience handling premises liability cases that involve slip and fall accidents. He’s also won over 1,000 personal injury verdicts and settlements and will use that knowledge and experience to help you in your case.
If you believe you have a slip and fall case or want to find out of you do, please contact the Maurer Law Firm today by filling out the form on this page or calling us at 845-244-8343 to schedule your free initial consultation. We proudly represent those who live in Fishkill, Myers Corner, Beacon, Legrangeville, and other nearby areas of Hudson Valley, New York.