Who is Responsible for NYC Slip and Fall Injuries?
After a slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may wonder who can be held liable for the accident and the injuries it causes. The fact is that the negligent acts of property owners and others are often the cause of slip-and-fall accidents, making them liable for any injuries you suffer.
At David Resnick & Associates, P.C., our experienced New York slip and fall lawyers know first-hand how serious fall injuries can be, and the impact they can have on all areas of your life.
Even injuries from a seemingly minor slip and fall could require ongoing medical care and treatment, while preventing you from working or engaging in activities you enjoy. Identifying those responsible and proving fault in slip and fall accidents is a key factor in ensuring you get the compensation you need to recover.
Proving Fault in Slip-and-Fall Accidents
Slip-and-fall accidents are a serious matter, and the injuries that result can be costly and potentially life-threatening. The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that falls are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting more than 30,000 victims and their families each year. They are often the result of another’s negligent actions, particularly when they occur in public places such as stores, parking lots, sidewalks, restaurants, theaters and office buildings, for example.
Negligence is defined as either doing something a reasonable person would not do in similar circumstances, or failing to take actions a reasonable person would take. Negligence is a key element in proving fault in slip-and-fall accidents involving premises liability. Failing to correct unsafe conditions or to alert others of the potential fall risks are examples of situations in which the person who owns or is in charge of the property could be held responsible for slip-and-fall accidents that result.
Holding Property Owners and Managers Responsible for Slip-and-Fall Accidents
When you suffer injuries due to a slip-and-fall accident, the following are examples of parties that may be held at fault in a slip and fall claim for the damages you suffered:
Homeowners and landlords:
Negligent landlords and owners of residential property can be held accountable when injuries occur due to poor lighting on paths or in stairwells, from cracks in walkways, and from violations of the state housing code, for example. The NYCHA can also be named as a responsible party in some instances.
Negligent business owners can be held responsible by employees, customers, or clients for failing to make sure entrances and exits are clear and free of debris, and for shoveling sidewalks and walkways that are directly in front of their business, for example.
City or municipal governments:
When injuries on city-owned property occur as the result of uneven sidewalks, due to exposed wires and cables, or in areas under construction, for example, city and municipal governments make be held liable for any injuries suffered.
In any of the above situations – and many others that weren’t listed – you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries through a claim filed against the at-fault party’s insurer, or through a premise liability lawsuit filed with the court.
Call or contact David Resnick & Associates, P.C. online today and request a free consultation to discuss your case with one our experienced New York premise liability attorneys.