While many slip and fall injuries often occur during the wintertime due to icy conditions, these types of injuries also happen year-round due to common hazards found inside homes and businesses.
Learn about some of the most common slip and fall hazards to keep yourself safe.
What is a Slip and Fall Accident?
A “slip and fall” is generally used to describe accidents where people get injured as a result of slipping, tripping, or falling due to dangerous conditions on a property. The most common hazard that people are familiar with is snowy or icy conditions on an outdoor stairway or sidewalk. There are, however, many other hazards that pose a risk for a slip and fall accident, including the following:
- Loose floor tiling
- Unsecured floor mats and rugs
- Excessive amounts of water on the floor
- Cracks or holes in parking lots and sidewalks
- Improper lighting in hallways or stairwells
- Missing or broken handrails
- Defective elevators and escalators
- Objects in aisles or other areas that get heavy foot traffic
Slip and fall accidents caused by such hazards are typically covered by New York City property negligence laws. These laws state that property owners have a duty of care to legal tenants and visitors to maintain a safe and defect-free property. When property owners do not honor this responsibility and people are harmed as a result, they may be held liable for damages.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident due to unsafe property conditions, our New York City premises liability attorneys are here to help. Our team knows how to protect your best interests and hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.