Slip And Fall Attorneys Representing Injured Victims In New York City
Winter is coming. With winter comes foul weather, increased holiday traffic, and slip and fall accidents. While a slip and fall may sound like nothing more than a playground mishap, such an accident can cause serious and long-lasting injuries. As you join the holiday hustle and bustle this winter, remember to stay warm and safe out there.
What is a Slip and Fall?
Slip And Fall Accidents come under personal injury law, and these cases rely on negligence. A slip and fall case is defined as an injury-inducing fall that a hazard on the property caused. In the winter, such accidents typically occur on wet, snow-packed, or icy commercial (or residential) walkways, including sidewalks, doorways, entryways, aisles, and stairways.
What Part Does Negligence Play In A Slip And Fall Accident?
Negligence is a necessary element in a slip and fall claim. If the business owner or property owner knew or should have known about the potential danger on the premises but neglected to deal with that danger within a reasonable amount of time, that property owner may face liability. If so, you may recover compensation for your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
What Is Reasonable Responsibility In A Slip And Fall?
Business owners are responsible for keeping their properties cleared of dangers—such as ice, snow, and slippery spots—within a reasonable amount of time. The New York City Department of Sanitation offers a guide for property owner responsibilities as they relate to the removal of snow and ice:
- Owners must clear snow and ice that stops falling between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:59 p.m. within four hours.
- Owners must clear snow and ice that stops falling between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8:59 p.m. within 14 hours. (If snow stops falling at 7 p.m., for example, the property owner has until 9 a.m. the next day to clear the walkways.)
- Owners must clear snow and ice that falls between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. by 11 a.m. the next day.
If the snow or ice continues to fall, however, the property owner may not be liable for the hazards it creates on the premises.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Serious winter slip and fall accidents are often associated with:
- Fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (including concussions)
- Back and neck trauma
- Joint, ligament, or other soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe cuts and bruises
Injuries caused by slips and falls can have long-term negative consequences and can lead to ongoing medical expenses, loss of income from missed work, and other significant financial damages. ‘Think Slip and Fall Accidents Can’t Result in Serious Injuries?‘
If You Were Injured in a Winter Slip and Fall, Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Winter brings both bad weather and injury risks. If you were injured in a winter slip and fall accident that someone else’s negligence in the Brooklyn, NY or anywhere in the New York City area caused, contact The Rybak Firm, PLLC., for a Free Consultation. Our Team Of Personal Injury Attorneys has an extensive experience in handling Slip and Fall Accident cases like yours, and are here to help. Call Today at (718) 307-5554 or contact us online.