New York City Personal Injury Law Blog
A Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident Constitutes a Personal Injury
As per statistics laid out by US Department of Labor, a majority of industry accidents is made up of slips, trips, and falls. Nearly 15% of all accidental deaths each year in the United States are caused by these accidents, falling just behind car accidents. They also account for roughly 25% of all reported injury claims every fiscal year and about 65% of work days lost in a year.
In general, slips and trips are caused by a loss of traction between the walking surface and the shoe or an unintentional contact with a moveable or fixed object which could result in a fall. The different scenarios that lead to slips, trips and falls include:
- Greasy or wet floors
- Dry floors with wood powder or dust
- Shoes with muddy, greasy, wet or oily soles
- Uneven surfaces for walking
- Freshly waxed or polished floors
- Loose carpeting or flooring
- Transition from one type of floor to another
- Uneven or missing bricks or floor tiles
- Irregular or damaged steps, or no handrails
- Electrical cables or cords
- Damaged ladder steps
- Sloped surfaces for walking
- Gang planks and ramps without skid-resistant surfaces
- Metal surfaces, such as construction plates or dock plates
- Weather hazards, such as snow, ice, sleet, rain, frost, hail, etc.
- Wet pine needles or leaves
How to File a Personal Injury Claim for Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident
If you have slipped, tripped or fallen on a property due to the negligence of the property owner, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against them and obtain compensation for the damaged you suffered.
Every worker has the right to work in a healthy and safe environment. In the workplace, strict adherence to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations by all parties is required by a strong workplace safety and health culture. This means that employers need to pay appropriate and constant attention to workplace health and safety issues.
With common sense actions, you can prevent slip, trip, and fall accidents at work. When employers conduct their risk assessments of their property, they should have already identified and eliminated any hazards that may cause trips, such as damaged carpets and trailing wires. They should also ensure that the building is in a safe state of repair and eliminate any leaks from the plumbing system, tanks or oil pies as well as the roof.
Hiring a Lawyer
The role of an attorney is extremely important when you are making a personal injury claim, or slip, trip and fall accident claim for damaged caused by the third party, or your employer’s, negligence. When you file a personal injury claim for slip, trip or fall accidents, you can get help in obtaining compensation for the financial pressure brought on by medical expenses as well the lost wages in case you are unable to go to work because of injuries you sustained.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip, trip and fall accident caused by the employer’s negligence, you should seek the help of one of the skilled personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falloff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.
Give us a call. That is about the only thing you have to do besides tell us what happened and if you have any pictures or evidence, that is fine too. Let us determine if your case is viable or not. The first meeting is free. We do not charge you anything up front and since we only take a percentage of the final verdict or settlement, it is as if we do not charge you anything at all. You never have to write us a check or see money leave your account for us. We are not paid until you are paid. We look forward to receiving your call.