Falling down is a normal part of childhood. Children bounce back up as if they were made from rubber. However, the majority of our adult life is spent trying to not fall down. We bigger kids have lost our magical rubber abilities.
“Slip and fall” is a term used in personal injury cases where a person slips, trips or falls on private or public property. These types of cases legally come under “premises liability.” Those who own properties are responsible to keep their premises in reasonably good condition for both employees and the general public.
Common causes of slip-and-fall accidents
Regardless of all safety measures, accidents still occur. Here is what causes some of them:
- Broken stairs, missing handrails, unsafe ladders or elevators
- Ripped carpets, loose or missing tiles
- Cracked sidewalks
- Poorly lit areas
- Lack of warning signs when hazards are present
Many trip hazards can be present when neglect or disrepair occurs. Ironically, slip-and-falls can also occur when a place is under repair or construction. Here are a few ways how:
- Extension cords across walking paths
- Tools and other construction-related items in walkways
- Debris, trash, dust, liquid and other substances can make those walking prone to slipping
Besides hazards that are created by humans, mother nature herself presents many dangers to pedestrians. No one can control the weather, but premise owners have a responsibility to deal with unsafe walking conditions in a timely and responsible manner.
As one can see there is a myriad of ways to cause a slip-and-fall accident. Not all dangers can be eliminated, but due diligence is required for both walkers and workers. Being aware of hazardous conditions that can cause a slip and fall is everyone’s responsibility.
If involved in a slip-and-fall accident, it is imperative to seek legal counsel that is qualified and experienced with personal injury cases dealing with fall accidents in New York.