Most people don’t always consider a slip, trip, or fall to be a serious concern, but slip and fall accidents are one of the most common ways that Americans hurt themselves each year. For this reason, property owners who fail to keep their premises safe for others, causing slip and fall accidents to occur, may be held liable for their negligence. You should know what to do in the event of a slip and fall accident. Consult a New York slip and fall lawyer to determine whether you are owed damages for the negligence of a property or business owner.
At Itamar Levy our staff will help you understand the law for a slip and fall personal injury. There are many factors to consider, such as previous complaints about an existing hazard, determining the negligence of a business or property owner, and determining negligence, if any, of the individual injured.What to do when you have a slip and fall injury? Gather Evidence
When possible, we recommend the following:
Photos. Take photographs of the scene of the accident and your injuries.Witnesses. If someone witnesses your fall, try to get their name, address, and telephone number.Accident Report. If you suffer injuries in a store, make sure you file an accident report. You can do this by asking for the manager. If possible, make sure you obtain a copy of the accident report before you leave.
Evidence. We recommend you save the item that caused your fall. Place the item in a plastic bag and if it is perishable freeze it. You may also want to safeguard the shoes you were wearing at the time of the fall. These can be placed in a plastic bag and taped shut to preserve any matter stuck to your shoe.
The most common causes of slip and fall injuries:
Slick or Wet Flooring: Unfortunately, falls due to slick flooring are exceedingly common. Employees and staff at any place of business are expected to mark wet floors clearly as part of standard safety practices.
Loose of Uneven Flooring: A safe environment entails that features of the building are up to code and free of potentially dangerous areas. Negligence is applicable when the owner or employees are aware of the loose or uneven flooring or carpeting and either do not attempt to fasten the carpet down or do not put up signs for visitors or guests as a warning.
Cracked sidewalks: Falling on the pavement as a result of a cracked sidewalk can cause severe ankle, knee, and leg injuries. A property owner is required to keep sidewalks reasonably safe and free from potentially dangerous accidents from occurring. At Itamar Levy we can help determine who is at fault for a slip and fall accident and injury on public sidewalks or roads.
Insufficient lighting: Buildings and sidewalks must be properly lit for guests and visitors. Building and property owners maintain the responsibility of keeping well-lit corridors, sidewalks, and rooms as part of their standard safety procedures.
Debris or other walkway obstructions: Obstacles such as equipment or miscellaneous items like boxes or crates should always be kept clear from pathways. To knowingly leave an item that could be tripped over is to act negligently.
At Itamar Levy we take immediate steps to investigate the accident location and accurately document the circumstances with photographs of the premises and the corresponding injuries. Identifying the “dangerous condition” as early and accurately as possible is paramount to proving the case and obtaining a successful result.
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