Anyone who’s been injured in a slip and fall accident understands how difficult recovery can be. Victims of slip and fall accidents often suffer debilitating injuries which can take months to heal, may cause permanent disabilities, or even death. Falls are one of the leading causes of accidental injury in the United States, and the number one leading cause of fatal injury and nonfatal trauma-related medical treatment among the elderly. This is why it’s crucial for property owners in the Bronx and throughout NYC to make sure their buildings are free of potential slip and fall hazards like wet floors.
If you or someone you love was recently injured after slipping and falling on a wet floor, you may be feeling frustrated and unsure of your next move. The majority of these accidents are preventable if property owners fulfill their obligation to keep their buildings safe. If your accident only occurred because of a property owner’s negligence, you could recover financial compensation for damages related to your injury in a personal injury lawsuit.
When Are NYC Property Owners Liable For Wet Floor Accidents?
In order to have grounds for a slip and fall lawsuit in New York, you and your legal counsel must establish that the accident was caused by property owner negligence. As part of the responsibility of owning property, these owners have a duty to keep their premises reasonably safe of hazards which could lead to serious injuries. This concept is known as premises liability.
Property owner negligence in a premises liability case can be established in one of three ways:
- The property owner caused the dangerous condition, such as spilling liquid on the floor and not cleaning it up
- The property owner was aware of the hazard but failed to address it
- The property owner should have known about the dangerous condition
Determining if one or more of these conditions apply to your case requires a careful review of evidence by an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Examples Of Property Owner Negligence In Wet Floor Slip & Fall Accidents
In a city as large as New York, it’s a given that the floors of our homes and businesses will become wet at one point or another. Mopping and waxing are a necessary part of maintaining acceptable cleanliness. Guests may track ice and snow into the building which creates puddles. And sometimes, accidental liquid spills can create a hazardous floor condition at a moment’s notice.
Of course, not every slip and fall on a wet floor is the property owner’s fault. Sometimes an accident may occur immediately after the floor became wet and before the property owner could become aware of the hazard. But in many cases, slip and fall accidents can be prevented. Some common examples of negligence in these cases include:
- Failure to set out wet floor caution signs after recently mopping a floor
- Failure to clean up a liquid spill in a timely manner
- Failure to ask an employee to clean a spill after it’s been reported
Property owners of all types are responsible for keeping their premises free from hazards. Some common locations we’ve seen in our slip and fall cases include:
- Apartment buildings and condos
- Stores and malls
- Restaurants and bars
- Office buildings
- Hospitals and nursing homes
- Health clubs, gyms, & spas
- Public swimming pools
- Private homes
Regardless of where your accident may have occurred, a property owner can be held liable if he or she failed to appropriately address the wet floor within a reasonable amount of time.
Filing A Lawsuit After A Slip & Fall Accident
Building a successful slip and fall lawsuit requires a thorough understanding of New York City’s premises liability laws. It’s important to find a personal injury law firm with a track record of success in these types of cases. Your legal counsel will need to evaluate the conditions surrounding your accident, gather evidence to support your claim, and be able to negotiate with insurance companies (for settlements) and present evidence effectively if your case goes to the courtroom.
At Lipsig Bronx, we specialize in assisting victims of preventable injuries in the Bronx and throughout the five boroughs. We can help you learn more about your potential case for a lawsuit in a free consultation.