4 Hazards That Can Cause a Slip-and-Fall Accidents in New York
A very common workplace accident is a slip-and-fall, but in reality, these accidents can happen at any time. You may find yourself a victim of this type of accident at a restaurant, a party, your favorite store, or while on the subway.
There are a wide variety of injuries that could occur from a slip-and-fall. These could be minor injuries, but sometimes are major. Injuries that often occur during a slip-and-fall accident include sprains, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, back injuries, nerve damage, fractures, brain damage, coma, hip injuries, and concussions.
If you have sustained an injury in a slip-and-fall accident, you will need an experienced personal injury attorney. The damages you sustain from your pain and suffering, along with any medical treatments, is known as premises liability.
The Four Most Common Hazards That Cause Slip-and-Fall Accidents in New York
Wet or slippery surfaces
Any surface can easily become wet or slippery surfaces at any time. If it has rained, places that have high-foot traffic could experience areas that are wet from boots and shoes. Or in places that serve beverages, it is not uncommon for there to be drinks that have spilled. If the drink spill has been ignored or not cleaned up properly, it can make it very easy for one to slip and fall.
Poorly lit areas
If there are dimmed or poorly lit areas, this creates a slip-and-fall hazard, as it makes it hard to see areas of the ground. Without proper lighting, it could be very easy to trip over a piece of unsafe property or an item lying haphazardly in the walkway.
If stairs are not uniform in height or the ground is uneven, it creates a hazard for anyone walking on this terrain. And if any part of the sidewalk is missing, that, too, creates a hazard that makes it easy for individuals to slip or trip. In many cases, unless you know the terrain is uneven, you may not even be looking for it. Most people just assume that sidewalks are in good shape unless there is a sign stating otherwise.
Areas that are obstructed
If there are objects that are left where individuals walk, a hazard is being created. Even if the objects are large, if people are not expecting them there, they may not be watching for things. As an example, stores could have too much inventory, making it impossible to pass through aisles as one would normally be able to.
One-on-One Personalized Slip-and-Fall Attorney
If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, you should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer. At Gatusso & Ciotoli, we provide one-on-one, personalized, hands-on assistance. Our goal is to maximize your settlement while minimizing your hassle. We have over 50 years of collective experience between our skilled attorneys. We serve Syracuse, Watertown, Binghamton, Syracuse, North Syracuse, Camillus, Liverpool, Cortland, and Auburn, as well as other parts of Central New York.
Our phone lines are answered 24 hours per day and we accept appointments on Saturdays and Sundays if need be. We will fight for your rights and get you what you deserve. Call us today at (315) 314-8000 for a free consultation.