Understanding slip and fall cases

New York residents should know that slip and fall personal injury cases pertain to those cases in which one party trips or slips and incurs an injury on another person's property. These cases are typically classified as premises liability claims. Slip and fall accidents often take place on premises maintained or owned by another party, who may be held liable for the resulting injuries.

There are many different types of hazardous conditions that can result in a slip, fall and injury. These conditions can include alterations in flooring, torn carpeting, wet floors, inadequate lighting or narrow stairs. Individuals can also be injured falling or slipping outside due to snow, rain or a concealed hazard. Slip and fall cases can also result from individuals falling down stairs or stumbling on cracked or broken sidewalks. In order to be able to pursue compensation against the owner of the premises, the plaintiff must have incurred some sort of injury.

The particular facts of each slip and fall case will determine if another party can be held liable for the injuries sustained by the plaintiff. It has to be determined if the owner of the premises took careful action so that there was an unlikely chance that the tripping or slipping was to occur. The court will also have to determine whether the plaintiff carelessness, such as not paying attention or avoiding the condition, contributed to the fall.

A personal injury attorney may assist clients with obtaining financial compensation for injuries sustained in a slip-and-fall accident. The attorney might litigate to hold the property owner liable for financial damages under the premises liability law. A lawsuit may be filed against property owners for inadequate lighting, inadequate security or some other dangerous property condition that contributed to an accident.

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