Trip & Fall Accident Lawyers
Trip & Fall vs. Slip & Fall
Trip and fall accidents, like slip and fall accidents, often happen in high-traffic walking areas including retail stores, parking lots, restaurants and stairways. If the busy walking paths on these properties are not properly maintained and kept clear of potentially hazardous debris, visitors may be subjected to the risk of a tripping, falling and seriously injuring themselves.
Although the consequences of a trip and fall may be similar to that of a slip and fall, the circumstances of these accidents are slightly different, which may be obvious when looking at their respective names. Slip and fall accidents most commonly occur when a spill has been left on the floor or a freshly cleaned walking surface has not been marked with the appropriate warning signs, thus leaving visitors susceptible to a slip and fall.
Common Causes of a Trip and Fall
Trip and fall accidents most commonly occur when an object has been left in the middle of a busy walkway or a walking surface has not been constructed in accordance to the proper building codes, thus leaving visitors susceptible to a trip and fall. Although the cause of these accidents may be different, the result is often the same. One may suffer a serious head injury — especially if the fall was from a significant height — a spinal cord injury, broken bones or in extreme cases, death. Many people do not realize how damaging these types of accidents can be, but they have been known to leave victims catastrophically injured in more serious cases. For this reason, you should not hesitate to explore your legal options if you have been involved in a trip and fall accident on someone else’s negligently maintained property.
Understanding New York’s Premises Liability Laws
According to the premises liability laws in Long Island, NY, property owners are responsible for providing their visitors with a reasonably safe and secure environment. This means that they must take the appropriate measures to regularly maintain walking surfaces and remedy any potentially hazardous conditions. Should they fail to do so, they may be liable for providing the victim of a trip and fall accident with compensation. In order to successfully pursue a personal injury case, however, the victim must be able to prove that the property owner and/or manager has knowingly failed to clear away a potential tripping danger or that they should have recognized and remedied the problem—in the event that they deny having prior knowledge of the dangerous conditions.
This can be difficult to do without sufficient evidence, however, so it is critical that you act quickly after being involved in such an accident. By enlisting the help of a Long Island personal injury attorney early on in the process, you can rest assured that the appropriate steps will be taken to collect evidence, speak to witnesses and investigate the circumstances of the accident.
For this reason, the legal team at The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. urges you to get in touch with our firm immediately if you have been injured in a trip and fall accident.
Consult with a Long Island Personal Injury Lawyer Today
At The Odierno Law Firm, P.C., we understand how serious the consequences of a trip and fall accident can be. For this reason, we have dedicated our time to assisting wrongfully injured victims, like yourself, in pursuing the level of compensation that they deserve. Whether you were injured while visiting a busy retail store or while entering a neighbor’s poorly maintained home, we would like to hear about your case.
To get in touch with a knowledgeable lawyer at our firm, simply call our office today for a complimentary consultation. From there, we will be able to advise you on how to proceed.
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