NYC Uneven Flooring Accidents
Each year, over one million people are injured throughout the United States as a result of falls. Many of these accidents are actually caused by someone else’s negligence. One example is uneven flooring accidents, which occur when loose or uneven flooring causes a victim to trip and fall on someone else’s property.
An area of the law known as premises liability may provide help for victims of falls. Premises liability essentially holds the owner of a property – or in some cases the tenant, occupant or manager – liable for negligent maintenance of the property that causes someone to be injured. This may include someone doing a poor job of laying flooring or floor tiles or failing to maintain flooring that leads to a slip and fall or trip and fall accident.
David Resnick & Associates, P.C., is an experienced and successful New York slip and fall law firm that handles trip and fall claims. We can help if you have been seriously hurt in a trip and fall accident caused by uneven or loose flooring on someone else’s property.
Call us today or contact us through our online form for a free, no-obligation consultation about the legal options you may have to recover compensation for your fall injuries.
Duties Involving Proper Installation and Maintenance of Flooring
A trip-and fall-accident can occur under a number of conditions. One common cause is the poor or faulty condition of floors. Flooring comes in many varieties, such as carpet, hardwood, ceramic tile, stone, bamboo, linoleum and many others. Each type of flooring requires proper installation, maintenance and timely repairs in order for it to remain safe for visitors.
Regardless of the popularity of do-it-yourself, property owners have a responsibility to know what they are doing when installing flooring or to hire professionals to do the job right. Owners should also maintain floors once they are installed and repair uneven or loose surfaces hazards when they occur by replacing the flooring or leveling the surface. Areas that can’t be easily leveled should be well-lit and identified with caution signs.
Failure to take the steps necessary to ensure that flooring is secure and level may amount to negligence, and a property owner may be held liable if this negligence leads to an injury. A visitor injured in a trip and fall accident caused by loose or uneven flooring may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses and other losses.
Uneven Flooring Accidents Examples
Consider the following examples of how negligent installation, maintenance or repairs of a floor could cause injuries:
- Subflooring was not properly leveled or treated prior to the installation of surface flooring.
- Structural issues with the building have caused the floor to become uneven, but this has not been repaired.
- Settling or moisture has caused the floor to become uneven, but repairs have not been made.
- A floor has been installed contrary to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Spacers or grout have not been used properly for floor tile installation.
- Carpeting has wrinkled or does not lie flat, creating a tripping hazard.
- Area rugs or carpets are loose and slide when stepped on.
- Wood floors have warped over time, creating a falling hazard.
- Vinyl or linoleum has begun peeling or cracking and has not been repaired or replaced.
- Concrete floors have chipped and become loose in spots, creating a slipping hazard.
- Broken tiles have become loose and have not been glued in place or replaced.
The law requires property owners (and sometime renters or occupants) to take all reasonable steps to prevent people from being harmed while on their premises. Ensuring that the property is constructed safely, which includes installation of flooring, and properly maintained would be considered a reasonable step to take.
Property owners must take care not to use loose area rugs that can slip and slide and cause falls. When tiles break or loosen, carpet tears or a floor is otherwise damaged and requires repairs that cannot be made immediately, property owners have a legal duty to keep visitors out of the area or to sufficiently warn them of the hazard.
If you have been hurt in a fall caused by loose or uneven flooring, an experienced injury attorney can help you determine whether your accident may form the basis of a successful premises liability lawsuit.
Ask a Lawyer About Fall Liability for Loose and Uneven Flooring
At the New York City law firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., we understand that a trip and fall accident caused by loose or uneven flooring can cause serious hardships for fall victims and their families.
Our attorneys have years of experience with New York premises liability law. We are committed to holding negligent parties responsible for accidents caused by loose or uneven surface hazards and ensuring that our clients get the compensation they deserve. Let us help you today. Call or complete our online contact form today for a no-cost review of your case.