Slip and Fall Accidents
Among the most common, and all too often preventable, causes of accidents in New York and Connecticut are those resulting from slip and fall accidents.
These slip and fall, and trip and fall accidents result from a variety of reasons which include:
- Slippery Surfaces
- Broken Pavement
- Snow and Ice
- Uneven Sidewalks
- Holes in the Ground
- Lack of Railings
- Inadequate Lighting
- Improper Drain Covers
When tenants and visitors to a building fall, the owner or City may be liable if its negligent acts and/or failure to act resulted in the person’s fall.
Our Manhattan, White Plains and Stamford slip and fall accident lawyers will work closely with you to determine the root cause of the slip and fall accident.
Our Manhattan, Stamford and White Plains slip and fall accident attorneys know that one of the keys to prosecuting slip and fall cases effectively is taking immediate action.
This immediate action to win your slip and fall case often includes the following:
- Taking Photographs of the Accident Site
- Taking Photographs of the Person’s Injuries
- Interviewing Witnesses to the Trip and Fall
- Obtaining Hospital Reports
- Obtaining Accident Reports
Moreover, if you were injured in a slip and fall accident at work, our New York State Worker’s Compensation Lawyers will work closely with you to insure that your employer’s New York State Workers Compensation insurance pays all of your past and future salary and past and future medical bills.
During that time, our Manhattan, White Plains and Stamford slip and fall accident lawyers will work closely with you to make sure you are properly compensated during the pendency of the separate personal injury case for, without limitation, your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of quality of life - including the things that you used to enjoy that you no longer can, as well as payment of any medical bills and/or employment checks that are not covered under the Workers Compensation statute.Westchester and New York Slip and Fall Attorneys
Be advised that you may have only a short period of time to take action if you are injured in a slip and fall accident on a City sidewalk or street.
Many of the jurisdictions in which our New York slip and fall attorneys work, like Yonkers, Ossining, Dobbs Ferry, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, Port Chester, Greenburgh, Peekskill, Mount Vernon, Pelham, Bronxville and Elmsford have laws designed to protect the Cities, Towns or Villages which require the injured person in a slip and fall accident to provide written notice to the City, Town or Village within 90 days of the slip and fall accident.
This 90 day notice of claim statute can often be overcome, but not always.
Moreover, our Manhattan, White Plains and Stamford slip and fall accident attorneys know that it is not enough that you slipped and fell on a defective sidewalk or New York City street.
The City or Town must have prior written notice of the defect in the sidewalk or street.
Fortunately, our Manhattan, Stamford and White Plains slip and fall accident lawyers are experts in proving fault, or alternatively, notice on the part of the City or Village in which the slip and fall occurred.
Some of the most common reasons that slip and fall accidents occur in Westchester County and the surrounding New York Counties like the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan include the following:Slip and Fall Accidents Caused by Improper Paving and/or Sealing
One of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents on New York City sidewalks involves improper paving or sealing by the City.
The City opens up the street for a variety of reasons including repair and maintenance.
Many times the street which is opened is improperly sealed causing a fissure or crack which results in a subsequent slip and fall accident.Trip and Fall Accidents Caused by Construction
Another frequent cause of sidewalk or street cracks or fissures results out of construction in the area.
Often, construction companies and neighboring homeowners will damage the sidewalk or street by the use of heavy machinery on the sidewalk or street or by riding overweight trucks or construction equipment over the street or sidewalk which is unable to bear that weight.
Our Manhattan, Stamford and Larchmont slip and fall accident lawyers know that this construction activity frequently causes deep sidewalk cracks and/or fissures resulting in subsequent slip and fall accidents and/or injuries.Drain Covers
Another major cause of slip and fall accidents involves improperly affixed drain covers. These injuries result out of a drain cover shifting or falling down when a person steps on it. Moreover, depending on the depth of the drain, these falls often result in serious back, knee and/or ankle injuries.
Our Manhattan, Stamford and Larchmont slip and fall accident attorneys are fully aware of New York State Laws requiring what types of drain covers are required to be used for certain types of drains.
Moreover, our Manhattan, Stamford and White Plains trip and fall lawyers are committed to rooting out the reason for the slip and fall accident, and collecting necessary evidence of the owner, contractor or other entity’s negligence in order to obtain the maximum compensation which is allowed under New York State Law.
Accordingly, if you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident in New York, Westchester or Connecticut, call us immediately. The consultation is free.