When you walk out into public, you naturally expect the shops, restaurants, and venues you visit to be reasonably safe to walk on. That goes for sidewalks and staircases too.
Unfortunately, property owners don’t always take the necessary steps to keep their premises free from hazards.
When the people responsible for inspecting and maintaining the property fail to do so — or when they don’t promptly respond to slipping or tripping hazards — serious injuries can occur.
In fact, the National Floor Safety Institute estimates that slip and fall accidents are responsible for more than one million hospital visits in the United States alone every year.
If you’ve been injured a slip and fall accident in NYC, White Plains, or anywhere else New York, you may be entitled to financial compensation under New York premises liability law.
The White Plains slip and fall lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC can help. We have a long record of taking a stand against negligent property owners and their insurance companies, working hard to get our clients the full and fair financial justice they deserve.
We take these cases personally, and we fight for our clients like we would fight for our families. We’re here to stand in your corner and help you navigate the claims process strategically — from beginning to end.
What Is a Slip and Fall Accident?
A slip and fall accident happens when someone slips on another person’s property, causing them to suffer an injury. When the accident involves a tripping hazard, it may be referred to as a “trip and fall accident” instead.
Businesses, homeowners, and property managers generally have a duty to ensure the safety of their premises. Among other things, this includes the duty to:
- Inspect the property,
- Address any dangerous conditions,
- Anticipate reasonably foreseeable accidents,
- Take reasonable precautions to prevent injuries, and
- Warn visitors and the public about any known safety hazards.
If you have been injured because of a slippery safety hazard on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to financial compensation under state personal injury law. A White Plains slip and fall lawyer at Lever & Ecker, PLLC can help.
Where Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere: at work, at home, in stores, or while walking down the street. But they are especially common in and around places of commerce.
In larger cities like White Plains and New York City, for example, slip and fall accidents happen in public places of business every single day. Even in smaller towns, public falls happen with some frequency.
Common sites of slip and fall accidents in New York include:
- Grocery stores
- Gas stations
- Theaters (movies, plays, etc.)
- Museums and libraries
- Amusement parks
- Tourist attractions
- Office buildings
- Retail (shops, stores, etc.)
- Apartment buildings / condos
- Hotels, motels, and lodging
- Parking decks and garages
- City sidewalks & roadways
- Public swimming pools
- Public parks and playgrounds
- Restaurants, cafés
- Gyms / spas
No matter where your injury might have happened, we encourage you to contact the White Plains slip and fall lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC to learn more about your options.
Why Do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?
Unfortunately, most slip and fall accidents happen because the property owner let safety slip through the cracks. Common causes of slip and fall accidents in New York include:
Wet and Slippery Floors
- Food or drink spills
- Recently mopped or waxed floors
- Soap suds / cleaning solutions without “Wet Floor” warnings
- Rain or mud that pools on the floor from shoes or umbrellas
- Puddles caused by leaking
- Melting ice or snow on sales floor / accumulated ice or snow on sidewalks
- Naturally slippery surfaces
Dangerous Walkways / Broken Stairs, Ramps, and Rails
- Broken or cracked concrete (or other surfaces, such as brick pavers)
- Sudden changes in slope
- Unexpected steps without adequate “Watch Your Step” warnings
- Worn-down walkways
- Ripped or bunched-up carpets, runners, or rugs
- Loose or broken floorboards, tiles, handrails, balcony rails, or stairs
- Staircases with uneven elevation between stairs
- Poorly designed ramps
- Objects that fall from shelves or displays / stick out into aisles
- Poor lighting
- Maximum occupancy violations
Too often, stores will try to cram too many products (or too many people) in a small space. Or they might post warning signs in hard-to-see spots. When things get busy, their staff might fail to inspect the sales floor or respond quickly to hazards. They might not hire enough staff in the first place.
These may all be examples of negligence on the part of the property owners. An experienced White Plains slip and fall lawyer can help you understand the property owner’s duties in your situation and whether you might be entitled to compensation under the law.
Who Is Liable for a Slip & Fall Accident in a Public Place?
Slip and fall accidents in our state are governed by New York premises liability law, which falls within the broader field of personal injury law. In New York, property owners are generally liable for any failure to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed because of a dangerous or slippery condition on commercial premises, you may be entitled to financial compensation under the laws of our state.
Most businesses carry a liability insurance policy to cover injuries that happen within their premises. In most cases, it is the insurance company that is ultimately responsible for compensating the accident victim. Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t always agree to give victims what they deserve.
Even if the business was only a tenet and not the actual property owner, you may still have a claim against the business. Depending on the circumstances, your claim may extend to both parties and their insurers (and to anyone else whose negligence contributed to your accident).
A note about injuries on government-owned property: While it may be possible to pursue a slip & fall compensation claim against the city, county, or state, you should know that special rules may apply in these situations. It’s best to talk with an experienced White Plains slip and fall lawyer about your legal options.
A note about slip & fall accidents on sidewalks in White Plains or New York City: The issue of sidewalk liability in New York is complex, and the rules vary from one city and county to the next. The New York slip and fall attorneys at Lever & Ecker, PLLC can help you determine who might be liable for your sidewalk injury.
What About a Slip & Fall at Someone’s House or Apartment?
If you slipped and fell while on private or residential property and you believe the homeowner is to blame, you may be able to recover compensation under that person’s homeowner’s insurance policy.
If the injury happened in an apartment or rental home, you may have a claim against the landlord.
What if the homeowner is your family member or friend? Understandably, people are sometimes reluctant to pursue a claim against someone they love. But it’s important to remember that, in most cases, your compensation will ultimately come from the insurance company, not from your loved one. In fact, homeowners are often very supportive of their friends or relatives pursuing a recovery under the home insurance policy.
If you have been injured, you don’t deserve to pay for those damages on your own. The White Plains slip and fall lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC can help you navigate these sensitive situations gracefully.
How Long Does a Slip & Fall Accident Claim Take?
How long your slip & fall claim takes to resolve will depend in part on the severity of your injuries.
As a general rule, it is important to give yourself a chance to heal before finalizing your claim. Settling too quickly, for example, can make it impossible for you to recover additional compensation later if your injuries turn out to be more complicated (or more costly) than expected.
Some slip & fall accidents are resolved in a matter of months; others may require a year or more.
At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, we understand that time matters. An important part of recovering from an injury is feeling that you can finally move on. To that end, we are committed to doing all we can to handle your case as efficiently as possible without compromising the strength of your claim. Your best possible outcome is always the ultimate goal.
If you have been in a slip & fall accident in White Plains or NYC and would like to learn more about how long your claim might take, we encourage you to schedule a no-cost consultation with a New York slip and fall accident lawyer in our office.
Why Hire Lever & Ecker, PLLC to Handle Your Slip & Fall Claim?
The NYC & White Plains personal injury attorneys at Lever & Ecker, PLLC have over 55+ years of combined experience practicing law.
That experience spans across virtually every area of personal injury law, from car accidents and premises liability claims to construction accidents, medical malpractice, and beyond.
Specifically, we have a great deal of experience in handling slip and fall accident claims in White Plains and New York City. We have also handled a wide range of personal injury claims in other parts of the state.
In fact, our attorneys have successfully represented thousands of clients. We are proud to have obtained favorable settlements or awards in the majority of the claims we have handled. While we cannot promise a particular outcome in any given legal matter, we do take each claim personally. That means giving you the time and attention you deserve. We always fight to maximize compensation to the greatest possible extent.
Schedule a Free Consultation with our White Plains Slip and Fall Lawyers
If you have been injured while on someone else’s property in New York, no matter what the circumstances may be, we encourage you to contact our office to discuss your situation confidentially with an experienced attorney.
Please do not sign a settlement agreement with an insurance company or property owner until you have talked with a lawyer. Doing so will permanently impact your legal rights. You may be entitled to more compensation than you realize.
Lever & Ecker, PLLC is a New York personal injury law firm located in White Plains and serving clients throughout the state, including New York City’s five boroughs (The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island), as well as Westchester County, Rockland County, Long Island, and beyond.
We are proud to offer bilingual legal representation for our Spanish-speaking clients.
We will not charge a fee for our services unless and until we get you money. Your initial consultation is completely free with no obligations whatsoever.
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