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Westchester County Slip, Trip, and Fall Lawyers

Slip, trip, and fall injuries are some of the most common types of accidents that result in harm to individuals. Depending on the accident, the injuries a person can suffer vary from minor scratches to devastating events such as paralysis and brain damage. In a report from the National Safety Council, more than 39,000 people died in falls at home and work in 2019. Many of these accidents are the result of the negligence of another person or entity.

The lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC have more than 60 years of combined experience working with clients who have suffered severe slip, trip, and fall injuries. When the injuries and financial losses you incur in a slip, trip and fall are due to someone else’s carelessness, with the help of our attorneys those losses may be recovered. We will work on your behalf to protect your rights and interests following your slip, trip, and fall accident and through the course of your claim arising from the accident. Contact us as soon as possible to discuss your matter. 

Common Injuries Sustained in a Westchester County Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident

When you slip or trip and fall, you might suffer severe, long-term injuries that may require extensive medical treatment, including surgeries. The following are just a few examples of common injuries you can suffer from a slip, trip, and fall accident:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Fracture bones
  • Dislocated bones
  • Nerve damage
  • Ligament or cartilage damage
  • Hip injuries
  • Knee, ankle and wrist injuries
  • Soft tissue damage

After you slip, or trip, and fall, seeking immediate medical attention is crucial to your recovery. However, the treatment costs and other financial losses can feel burdensome. Hiring a lawyer to take over the handling of your case, and pursue the compensation you deserve, can help ease your mind and allow you to focus on your medical recovery.  

What Types of Hazards Lead To Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries in Westchester County?

You may not expect a slip, trip, and fall accident to happen, but these events could happen at any moment at virtually any location, including in Westchester County. There are many causes for a slip, trip, and fall accident, and most connect back to someone’s negligent acts, or failures to act. Below are among the most common hazards that can lead to a slip, trip, and fall accident:

  • Weather: Accumulations of snow, rain and other precipitation can create slippery and hazardous conditions, particularly if not properly addressed and resolved. It is the responsibility of a business or individual owner to maintain a safe environment, including during and particularly after most weather events. 
  • Wet or slippery floors: If water or other slippery substances or materials that create a risk of slipping are left on floors, the business, municipality or individual owner may be held responsible for an accident that occurs as a result of the slippery condition.
  • Poor lighting: When a hallway or stairway has inadequate lighting, individuals may trip and fall because they cannot see where they are going. 
  • Broken sidewalks: Public areas often require sidewalks, but cracks or other defects can cause people to sustain serious injuries in an accident.  

In addition to safeguarding areas under its control, businesses, municipalities and individual owners may be required to warn others of the hazardous condition, such as with caution signs, tape or even employees providing verbal warnings. For example, if a business recently polished the floor, or mopped a spill, it may still be required to post a sign stating that the area is slippery.

Is Your Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident a Form of Premises Liability?

Premises liability is the area of law requiring the responsible party to its premises safe for potential visitors. In most situations, slip, trip, and fall accidents fall under the umbrella of premises liability law. An individual’s status on a property determines the level of care required of the responsible party. 

Invitees

People who the property owner explicitly or implicitly invites to their property are considered invitees. Customers, business partners, and friends are examples of invitees. A property owner must provide the highest level of care to these individuals and will need to repair known damages, search for unknown hazards, and warn invitees of potential dangers. 

Licensees

Licensees are individuals who have implicit permission to enter a property, without actually being invited there, such as certain salespeople, land surveyors, etc. These people are still entitled to have a safe environment, free from potential slip, trip, and fall hazards. 

Trespassers

If an individual enters your property without permission or an invitation, they are labeled trespassers and do not have the same type of care as the previous two categories. There are very limited standards of care for trespassers, although children receive a higher standard of care than adult trespassers. 

Understanding how you qualify when it comes to premise liability is vital in building your case. If a property owner did not follow the standards to which you are entitled to protect your well-being, you can recover compensation for the harm you suffer from the accident. 

Contact Lever & Ecker, PLLC for Experienced Slip, Trip, and Fall Attorneys

Lever & Ecker, PLLC, has 60+ years of combined experience advocating for clients’ rights across Westchester County. When you suffer severe injuries in a slip, trip, and fall accident, you may require medical treatment, including surgery. In addition, the financial losses are often burdensome. Through our representation, we can pursue on your behalf the compensation to which you are entitled from the company or individual responsible for your accident. Our goal is to make sure you have the legal representation you can count on and trust.

For more information on our legal services and to schedule a free consultation, call (914) 288-9191 or (718) 933-3632 and fill out our contact form today.

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