Were You Injured in Slippery Floors Accidents?
Slip and fall accidents on wet floors are common and dangerous. The tragic reality is that 20 to 30 percent of all fall victims suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI), hip fractures or moderate-to-serious bruising. Falls are the second leading cause of injuries in the United States after car accidents. Slip and fall accidents are the number one type of accident in public buildings.
NYC Slippery Floor Accidents
If property owners or managers in New York City fail to keep their premises free of slick, wet floors, it is possible for an unsuspecting victim to suffer a severe fall during a visit to their store, office building, hotel lobby or other facility. Under New York law, you could be eligible for compensation for your injuries in NYC slippery floor accidents if you can show that the property owner or manager’s negligence caused your accident.
Common places where falls on wet surfaces occur:
- Store entryways – When visitors track rain, snow, and ice in from the outdoors, store entryways can easily become wet and slick, which increases the risk of slip and falls for everyone.
- Grocery stores – Many people slip and fall in a grocery store because food items land on the floor and create hazards. Aisleways may also be cluttered, which creates trip hazards.
- Dining areas – Dining areas in restaurants, cafés, and other eateries can create slip and fall hazards when floors accumulate layers of grease, spilled drinks, or dropped food items.
- Department stores – Visitors can slip and fall in department stores if the floors are wet or if the staircases or escalators are defective, broken, or dangerously slick.
- Waiting areas – Similar to store entryways, slip and falls can occur in the waiting areas of doctors’ offices and other professional buildings if rain or snow gets tracked in onto tile, hardwood, or linoleum floors.
- Subway and train stations – Travelers can slip and fall in subway or train stations due to wet floors, unattended spills, oil slicks, or accumulated debris.
At David Resnick & Associates, P.C., we are dedicated to helping victims of falls caused by wet or slippery floors in New York City. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve if you have been injured in a fall on a wet or slippery floor.
Call us today or contact us through our online form for a free initial consultation about your legal options.
Holding Businesses Responsible for Falls on Wet and Slippery Floors
Commercial property owners and managers have a legal responsibility to visitors who enter their places of business. This includes making sure their buildings are reasonably safe at all times. If they fail to meet that duty, they may be held responsible under an area of law called “premises liability.”
Dangers in a building can either be temporary or permanent. It is important to understand which of these classifications should be applied to a slip and fall accident because this can affect liability. If the dangerous condition, such as broken concrete, has existed over a long period of time, it is viewed as permanent. Generally, this means that the owner was aware or should have been aware of this issue and didn’t repair the problem.
But a temporary hazard is not always so clear-cut. The law provides a reasonable amount of time for a property owner to discover and correct a temporary hazard, such as a spill or tracked-in snow that creates a slick floor.
In cases of wet and slippery floors, the property owner or manager’s liability depends on the length of time that the wet floor was left untouched. If an accident takes place just minutes after the spill, the property owner may not be held responsible for the resulting injuries because he or she did not have a reasonable amount of time to recognize and eliminate the hazard. However, if the spilled fluid remained on the floor for a significant amount of time without being cleaned up, the property owner may be required to cover any medical bills and other damages that result from a fall on the slippery floor.
In addition to claiming they were not given enough time to respond to the hazardous condition, the second defense available to property owners involves transferring blame to the victim. A business owner may argue that the customer was actually responsible for the accident and injuries. With this defense, the owner is turning the tables and claiming that the injured individual was careless in not avoiding the slippery surface.
5 Steps for Helping Your Wet Floor Slip and Fall Claim
There are steps you can take to help your premises liability claim. After a slip and fall accident, you or someone you trust should try to:
- Take pictures of the accident scene. You probably have a cell phone with a camera. Get photos that show the water or other liquid that caused your fall. One trick for photographing water or slick surfaces is to show a reflection from above on the surface. Get photos right away if you can so the property owner does not have time to address the problem and eliminate evidence.
- Preserve the clothing you wore at the time of your accident. Shirts, pants, and shoes may have materials on them that show exactly what made you fall. Don’t wash your clothes or clean your shoes. They could help your case.
- Get statements from witnesses. If anyone saw what happened, get their names and contact information. Written statements from these individuals may be important evidence. You should not overlook this resource.
- Get medical treatment for your injury. Seeing a doctor as soon as possible after the fall may be the most important thing you do. Even if you don’t think you’re seriously injured, it’s still important to get checked as soon as possible. Some injuries take hours or days to become evident. In addition to getting the care you need, by seeing a doctor you document that your injuries were related to the fall.
- Save your receipts. Receipts from your doctor visits, as well as for any medication, therapy, or other cost associated with your injury, will show the direct costs of your accident. You should also save copies of records that show your absence from work, which may be added to your compensation claim.
Ask a Lawyer About Your Fall on a Slippery Floor in NYC
The New York City law firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., handles legal claims involving falls caused by wet or slick floors. We take these cases seriously because we understand that these accidents can cause devastating injuries. Fall victims and their families can face a tremendous financial burden due to medical expenses and lost wages, and future earnings may also be in jeopardy in cases of severe or lasting injury.
Our attorneys are skilled at evaluating claims involving falls on wet or slippery floors, and we have a record of obtaining positive results for our clients. If you have been seriously hurt in a fall on someone else’s property, call us today or fill out our online contact form. We can provide a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.