Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries, such as broken legs and permanent spinal cord injuries. The owner of the property on which the accident occurs may be legally responsible for the slip and fall injuries of visitors or tenants, but only if it is proven that the owner's negligence or recklessness contributed to the injury.
Injured parties generally must prove that the property owner did any of the following:
- Caused the unsafe condition and the subsequent accident
- Knew about the unsafe condition, but did not make efforts to correct it or warn visitors and tenants
- Should have known about the danger and taken steps to prevent injuries
In determining whether it would have been reasonable for an owner to make efforts to correct a hazardous condition, it is important to consider whether the unsafe condition was permanent or temporary. Where the condition was temporary, an owner may not have had adequate time to discover and fix the problem, and this fact could bar claims against the owner related to the condition.
Each slip and fall case is evaluated on an individual basis. Relevant considerations are whether the property owner took adequate precautions to make the area safe, and whether the injured person acted carelessly. Under the right circumstances, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover damages to compensate you for medical bills, lost wages, permanent disability, or pain and suffering resulting from the accident.
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident in the New York Metropolitan area, and you believe the injury resulted from a property owner's negligence, we'd like to hear from you. Call us 718.297.1000 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.