Types of Slip and Fall Accidents
While typically referred to as a “slip and fall,” accidents that fall into this category can actually be the result of slipping, falling, tripping, stumbling or any other similar action while on the property of another person or entity.
There are a virtually endless number of scenarios that could lead to a slip and fall injury. Some of the more common types include:
- Sidewalks and parking lots — Hazardous conditions such as broken pavement, uneven surfaces or potholes can cause slip and fall accidents on sidewalks and other walkways, as well as in parking lots.
- Loose or uneven flooring — Carpeting, rugs, tiles, linoleum or other flooring surfaces that are improperly installed or maintained are a common cause of falls.
- Wet and slippery floors — When liquid of any kind is spilled or leaks onto a floor and is not cleaned up in a timely manner, it could lead to serious injuries for anyone who slips while walking through the area.
- Cluttered stores — A storeowner who allows boxes, supplies, merchandise or other objects to clutter the walkways of a store could be held liable if someone stumbles or trips over the items because they created a hazard.
- Ice or snow — Anyone who owns or rents property has a duty to timely remove ice or snow from public areas such as sidewalks, walkways and parking lots. Failing to do so could lead to a compensable slip and fall accident if a victim slips on the ice or snow.
- Escalators and elevators — An escalator or elevator that has not been properly designed or maintained could malfunction, leading to injuries.
- Hospitals and nursing homes — Thousands of nursing home and hospital patients are injured each year in preventable slip and fall injuries that are the result of a lack of adequate care or supervision of staff.
- Subway and bus accidents — Numerous public transportation passengers are injured each year because subway platforms or bus entrances and exits are not properly maintained, repaired and cleared of debris and trash, creating a fall hazard.
- Public parks — Dangerous conditions in New York City parks could lead to injuries in slip and fall accidents.
- Improper lighting — Guests at hotels, restaurants, shops and other public places could be seriously injured if the property owner fails to provide adequate lighting in areas such as walkways, stairs or parking lots.
- Staircases and handrails — Improper design, construction or maintenance of stairs, steps and handrails can be a factor in serious falls.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the property of another person or business in New York City, protect yourself by calling the slip and fall injury attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., for a consultation. There is no obligation, so call today at 866.210.7535 or contact the firm through our online form.