Who’s Responsible in a New York City Slip and Fall?


Slip-and-fall accidents are far too common in New York City and can result in debilitating injuries. If someone else is responsible for the dangerous conditions that caused your fall – such as a slippery floor or icy sidewalk – they may have to pay for your medical expenses, lost income, pain, suffering, and other losses related to the fall.

If you suffered injuries in the fall and want to pursue compensation from the responsible party in a lawsuit, you must file your claim within three years of the date of the fall. When you contact a New York slip-and-fall attorney with David Resnick & Associates, P.C., shortly after the accident, you’ll get a lawyer who will protect your legal rights and demand the maximum compensation you are owed from the party responsible for the NYC slip and fall.

Determining Liability in New York Slip-and-Fall Incidents

According to New York slip-and-fall laws, responsibility for accident-related injuries and losses depends on where the accident occurs. For example:

  • Businesses – The property owner or the company leasing the facility could be liable for slip-and-fall accidents on a property like a store, office, or warehouse. They have a duty to keep the premises reasonably safe and to correct any potentially dangerous conditions that could result in a fall. The obligation to keep the premises reasonably safe for customers extends to the interior and exterior of the property, including the parking lot and sidewalks.
  • Hospitality Establishments – Like other businesses, hospitality establishments such as bars, restaurants, and hotels must keep their premises reasonably safe for guests. If a patron slips and falls at one of these establishments, the building owner, the property management company responsible for maintaining the premises, or the business itself could be responsible for the injuries and associated expenses.
  • Public Walkways – Slip-and-fall accidents on public walkways and sidewalks involve complex legal questions due to the shared responsibility between municipal bodies and property owners.
  • Residential Premises – The party responsible for a slip-and-fall accident on a residential property depends on the type of residence. A homeowner must take reasonable steps to secure the safety of visitors on their property. However, if someone is injured on a rental property, the landlord may be liable if they failed to properly maintain the premises. If the tenant created a hazard that resulted in injuries to visitors on their property, the tenant, not the landlord, could be held liable.
  • Medical Facilities – Hospitals, urgent care clinics, nursing homes, and other medical facilities must provide a safe environment for patients and visitors. In the case of medical facilities, the property owner, the healthcare provider, or both parties may be responsible for someone else’s slip-and-fall injuries.

Contact a New York Premises Liability Lawyer

Premises liability laws in New York are complex and can be confusing. At David Resnick & Associates, P.C., you can speak to a premises liability lawyer during a free consultation. Mr. Resnick offers accident victims the personal, one-on-one attention they need during a difficult time in their lives.

Contact David Resnick & Associates, P.C., today to discuss your slip-and-fall accident case during a free and confidential consultation.

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Author: David Resnick

Founder of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., a New York personal injury law firm in charge of providing exceptional and personal service to each of our clients in various areas including car accidents, slip and fall, wrongful death, construction accidents, and premises liability. David Resnick founded the firm in 1998 after working in large law firms where he saw a need for greater client communication and more personal care.

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