Common Causes Of Slip And Fall Accidents In New York City

Falls result in approximately 8 million emergency room visits annually in the United States. Similarly, falls are the leading cause of accidental injury and death among New Yorkers older than 45.

How Slip and Fall Accidents Happen

Accidents involving slipping and falling occur when a person loses traction on a surface. Without traction, momentum will cause your feet to slide forward.

As your equilibrium is lost, you fall backward. A backward fall can result in severe injuries because you cannot use your arms to stop or slow your descent.

Common slip and fall injuries include the following:

  • A fractured cranium
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • A fractured hip
  • Traumatic brain damage (TBI)
  • Herniated discs
  • Back, neck, or shoulder strain

Slip-and-fall accidents can cause additional injuries if the victim collides with an object during the fall. For instance, if you slip on a ramp or stairwell and fall into a railing, you could fracture your ribs.

Slip and fall accidents can result from anything that reduces the friction between your feet and the ground, including:

  • Liquid spills
  • Standing water
  • Frost and snow
  • Waxed floors
  • Having oil, grease, or other lubricants on the floor or your shoes is unacceptable.

Produce spills are one of the leading causes of slip-and-fall accidents in grocery stores. The water content of grapes, berries, tomatoes, and other fresh produce is high. When stepped on, they immediately create a liquid layer between your shoes and the floor, causing you to lose traction.

Typically, slip and fall accidents are grouped with trip and fall incidents. If the owner or occupier of the property is negligent, the same legal repercussions apply to these types of accidents. However, they differ in terms of how they occur and the injuries they cause.

Accidents involving tripping and falling occur when your foot becomes impeded and your momentum causes you to fall forward. Consequently, these accidents typically result in injuries to the front of the body rather than the back. You may also sustain injuries to your hands, wrists, and arms as you attempt to break your fall.

Common trip and fall injuries include the following:

  • Arm or wrist fractures
  • Facial fractures or bruises
  • Dental fractures
  • Fragmented ribs
  • Knee strains or fractures
  • Brain injuries

Typical causes of slip and fall accidents are uneven or cluttered surfaces, such as:

  • Worn-out or ripped carpet
  • Unmarked steps
  • Raised or broken sidewalks
  • Potholes
  • Raised minimums

Frequently, tripping hazards are more difficult to eliminate than slipping hazards. As a result, many property owners and occupants will place warning signs or mark the hazard instead of eliminating it.

Additional factors can contribute to the risk of slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents. Some contributing factors to accidental falls include:

  • chilly temperature
  • high moisture
  • Poor lighting
  • reflective surfaces
  • Absence of guardrails

When these conditions are present, the probability of a falling accident increases.

Age and physical condition of the guests also contribute to the risk of falls. Seniors are more likely to fall than younger individuals. Falls send more than 110,000 New York seniors to the emergency room annually.

Those who are injured or ill are also more likely to fall. The government estimates that between 700,000 and one million hospital patients fall annually.

Compensation for Slip and Fall Accidents in New York City

Not every slip-and-fall incident warrants a personal injury claim. To recover compensation for an injury, you must establish the owner’s or occupant’s negligence. Typically, you must demonstrate that the owner or occupier did not exercise reasonable care in locating, repairing, or warning about the hazard that caused your fall.

Contact Our Personal Injury Law Firm

Contact Abrams Law Group for a free consultation if you’ve been hurt in an accident and require legal assistance.

Abrams Law Group
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Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 997-9797

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