Stand up against hazardous property conditions

A slip-and-fall accident can happen in a split second. Unfortunately, the negative impacts of such an accident last much longer. These include the physical pain you may suffer after slipping and falling on someone else's property along with the financial losses that such an accident may cause you.

Each year, thousands of pedestrians end up suffering serious injuries in slip-and-fall accidents that send them to hospital emergency rooms. Business owners in New York have a responsibility to keep up their properties to avoid creating hazardous property conditions for members of the public. Unfortunately, some fail to do this, and they may be held liable if you are hurt as a result of their carelessness.

Slip-and-fall accident causes

Business owners, including landlords, must take reasonable steps to maintain safe properties. However, you may end up suffering injuries due to hazards including:

  • Debris in a store aisle or walkway
  • Slippery floors from products that somebody has spilled
  • Uneven floors
  • Slippery parking lots or sidewalks
  • Cracks in a sidewalk or floor
  • Broken stairwells or stair railings
  • Poorly lit stairways or passageways
  • Ripped carpeting

These are just a few of the potentially dangerous circumstances that can lead to serious injuries if a property manager is careless about maintenance and safety.

Considerations

If you file a premises liability claim following a slip-and-fall accident leading to injury, the court hearing your case will closely examine many factors. These include the circumstances under which you entered the property and how the property is generally used. The court will also determine if the slip-and-fall accident was foreseeable, in which case you could have likely avoided falling had you taken some precautions.

Another important factor that the court will look at includes how reasonable the property owner was in repairing any dangerous conditions at the property or in warning visitors about the hazardous condition.

Liability

If you are able to establish liability before the civil court hearing your case in New York, based upon a showing of negligence, the court may decide claims for damages in your case. A monetary award in a case that you win may help you to cover your hospital bills and other expenses resulting from the hazardous property conditions that caused you to slip and fall. The monetary damages may also help to address your pain and suffering and emotional distress stemming from the incident.

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