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Property Owner Negligence

Have you been hurt in a New York City slip and fall?

Were you injured on broken subway stairs? Did you trip on a hole in the sidewalk? The slip, trip, and fall attorneys at Siegel & Coonerty provide professional representation to clients who have been seriously injured on another person’s property.

Are you the victim of property owner negligence?

Have you been hurt in a New York City slip and fall? Were you injured on broken subway stairs? Did you trip on a hole in the sidewalk? Are you the victim of a negligent landlord? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you may have a New York premises liability claim.

Slips, trips, and falls can be comical in the movies, but in real life these accidents are no laughing matter. If you have been seriously injured in a slip and fall accident, then your life has changed completely. You may be dealing with chronic physical pain, on-going medical treatment and therapy, or permanent disability. You may be unable to work, yet you now have numerous medical bills. Where can you turn for help?

Successful Settlements and Verdicts

  • Slip And Fall In Bathroom Causes Injuries Requiring Back Surgery and Hand Surgery
    Awarded: $1,600,000.00 Settlement During Trial – Sean E. Coonerty, Trial Attorney

The law is on your side.

Slip and fall injuries fit into a larger category of personal injuries known as premises liability injuries. Premises liability describes the legal duty of a property owner to maintain his property in a safe condition. If a property owner fails to fulfill this obligation and an individual sustains injuries, then the owner may be liable. Injuries most commonly covered by premises liability law are slips, trips, and falls caused by poor maintenance or negligence, including poor lighting, cracks and holes, slippery floors, and broken steps. However, premises liability covers other injuries as well, such as slipping on snow and ice, elevator accidents, or even crimes due to inadequate security.

Common Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents in New York

Have you sustained an injury in a slip and fall accident? You are not alone. Slips, trips, and falls occur often. In fact, more than half of all adults over the age of 40 have experienced at least one debilitating slip and fall accident. Slips, trips, and falls account for most New York City emergency room visits. Each year, slips and falls lead to about 300,000 disabling injuries and 17,000 accidental deaths.

Slips, trips, and falls can happen anywhere, such as at the grocery store, on subway stairs or steps, at a restaurant, in a shopping mall, in a post office, at a park, on a street, or on a sidewalk. Anywhere that people walk can become a potential New York City slip and fall accident scene.

Slips and falls occur for many reasons. Sometimes, the responsibility belongs to the victim, either partially or fully. For instance, the victim could be wearing impractical shoes, horsing around, not paying attention, or intoxicated. Ultimately, however, most New York slip and fall injuries occur because of negligence on the part of the property owner.

To prove the negligence of the owner, the victim and his attorney must show evidence for the following:

  • An unsafe condition on the property caused the slip, trip, or fall.
  • The owner or manager of the property knew or should have known about the dangerous condition.
  • There was adequate time for warnings to be posted or for the condition to be repaired, but neither happened.

Common causes of New York slip and fall injuries include:

  • An employee neglects to post wet floor warnings or properly close off the wet area after mopping a floor.
  • An excessive amount of soap gets used for cleaning the floor, which remains slippery when dry.
  • Spilled food, liquid, or other substances do not get cleaned up or warnings are not posted.
  • Flooring does not receive proper maintenance, which can include loose floor tiles or floor boards, torn or loose carpets, and splintering floor boards.
  • Stairs do not receive proper maintenance, which can include worn or loose steps, broken handrails, and spills, debris, or objects blocking the stairs.
  • Sudden changes in floor level
  • Poor lighting on a stairway or in a hallway
  • Exposed electric cables
  • Sudden stops on elevators and escalators
  • Cracks in sidewalks or paving stones
  • Potholes
  • Ice or snow on sidewalks, and in lobbies and entrance ways
  • Loose or broken balcony or stair railings
  • Debris or equipment left out at a construction site or other work place

Tell Us What Happened

Slip and fall injuries can be quite serious. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Back, neck, and spinal cord injuries
  • Broken bones in the wrists or hands
  • Brain injuries
  • Hip fractures
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries

Such injuries often require expensive emergency medical treatment as well as physical therapy and rehabilitation. The victim may be unable to work for an extended period of time. In many cases, the victim faces permanent disability and an inability to continue earning a living. We will do our absolute best to get you the monetary compensation that you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a New York City slip and fall accident, then you need a premises liability attorney who understands the severity of your injury and will fight to get you fair compensation. Contact the slip, trip, and fall injury lawyers at Siegel & Coonerty to schedule a free consultation. 

NY Personal Injury Attorney Sean Coonerty Describes a Trip and Fall Case

New York personal injury and medical malpractice attorney Sean Coonerty describes a trip and fall case he handled. His client’s injuries “snowballed” out of control, resulting in expensive medical costs. Her injuries also led to a condition, known as Spondylolisthesis, which got worse over time. Watch the video now to learn more.

Slip and Fall & Trip and Fall Notice Requirements

New York personal injury and medical malpractice attorney Sean Coonerty explains the notice requirements for slip and trip and fall accidents in New York. For a slip or trip and fall accident to be successful, you must prove notice. “Notice” is broken up into actual and constructive notice. Watch the video now to learn the difference.

Slip and Fall & Trip and Fall Photographs and Witnesses

New York personal injury and medical malpractice attorney Sean Coonerty explains that one of the important ways to prove a case is by taking photographs. Photographs are very important and should be taken at the scene of an accident as soon as possible. Even if the source of the slip and fall accident has been cleaned up, when taking photographs look for water stains on ceiling tiles, the wall, or floor. Another important way to help prove your case is by using witnesses. Watch the video now to learn more.
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