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Not Just Clumsiness: Seeking Compensation After A Slip, Trip And Fall Accident

Falling down after slipping or tripping is a common occurrence that usually has minor consequences. It might be embarrassing or mildly painful but nothing to be concerned about. There are times, however, when slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents are very serious, resulting in broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and other medical problems.

If you were injured in such an accident and believe that it may have been caused by a dangerous condition on private or government property, you have the option of seeking compensation with the help of an attorney. In New York, the natural choice for representation is Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP, Attorneys at Law.

Property Owner Responsibility Under The Law

All property owners – commercial, residential or otherwise – owe a duty of care to visitors and guests to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe. If there are known hazards that could cause injury, property owners must seek to correct or mitigate them in a timely fashion. When the problem can’t be immediately addressed, they at least need to warn visitors of the dangers.

If you were injured because a property owner breached their duty of care to you, our lawyers can help you pursue compensation in what is known as a premises liability claim. They will investigate your case and work diligently to prove negligence. They will demonstrate that the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard but failed to correct it or warn others.

Common Examples Of Slip-And-Fall Or Trip-And-Fall Claims

Premises liability applies to all types of injuries on dangerous private property, but slip- and trip-and-fall accidents are among the most common claims. In New York, common examples include:

  • Slipping on spilled liquids in grocery stores
  • Tripping over poorly placed merchandise at a department store
  • Slipping and falling on snowy and icy sidewalks (or parking lots) because a property owner or the city failed to shovel and salt in a timely fashion
  • Tripping and falling in a commercial building because of loose carpeting, uneven floors, poorly lit stairwells or similar hazards
  • Tripping and falling over debris at or next to a construction site (either as a worker or a passerby)
  • Slipping and falling at a restaurant or coffee shop because an employee mopped the floor but did not put out a “Caution: Wet Floor” sign

These are just a handful of examples, and there are likely hundreds more that are not listed here. If you know or suspect that someone else was responsible for your slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall, our team can evaluate your case and explain your legal options.

Discuss Your Legal Matter With An Attorney For Free

Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP, Attorneys at Law, serves clients throughout the New York metro area, and our practice is entirely dedicated to personal injury law. To take advantage of a free initial consultation with one of our lawyers, call 917-730-7151 or reach out online.