Slip, Trip & Fall

A “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” accident describes the type of accident when someone either slips on something or trips over something, resulting in an injury.

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Slip and Fall Accident

A “slip and fall” accident occurs when someone slips on something that was spilled on the floor, water on the floor, on ice, or some other similar accident.

These are some examples of slip and fall accidents involving our clients:

  • A client slipped on a ramp in a restaurant which was greasy and injured his shoulder.
  • A client slipped on a greasy area in a parking lot behind a restaurant where they threw mop water causing a broken ankle.
  • A client slipped on ice in front of the back door of a bank and broke her ankle. We found a gutter that had been leaking for a long time which was the culprit.

There are many other ways that someone can slip because of someone’s negligence.

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How do you determine if the slippery surface is slippery enough to constitute negligence?

When someone slips on a slippery surface, the coefficient of friction “slipperiness” is important and can be measured by an instrument called a Tribometer. A Slip resistance value of 0.5 or greater is considered to be a safe value.

In Ceron v. Yeshiva University, the plaintiff demanded $1.2 million at mediation and refused to lower his demand. He slipped and fell on a metal ramp while attempting to pull a hand truck up a ramp to make a delivery in New York City. It had stopped raining 10 minutes earlier. The defense measured the coefficient of friction on the ramp while both dry and wet and found that it was 0.81 when dry and 0.69 when wet. Since the slip resistance value was greater than 0.5 when wet, the Supreme Court of the State of New York ruled that the ramp was not dangerous and dismissed the injured person’s case, so he got nothing!

Trip and Fall Accident

A “trip and fall” accident occurs when someone trips or falls in a hole because of a dangerous or hazardous condition such as an unlevel sidewalk, two areas of flooring which are not level, something left on stairs or the floor such as toys, clothing, tools or something else.

These are some examples of trip and fall accidents involving our clients:

  • A client tripped on tools left on the stairs leading to the garage in his son’s house.
  • A client fell in a hole in a gravel-covered parking lot. The hole was filled in with gravel but due to erosion, the gravel was no longer level with the rest of the parking lot. The client had a meniscus tear in his knee and required arthroscopic surgery.
  • A client fell in a rut/hole in a shopping center parking lot fracturing her elbow.

There are many other ways that someone can trip because of someone else’s negligence.

Things you should do after your fall

  • Take pictures or have someone take pictures of the accident scene.
  • Get the name and phone number of anyone who may have witnessed your fall.
  • Immediately report your accident to the property owner or property security company. Be sure to get a copy of the accident report. If you are taken to the hospital by ambulance, do not worry about that.
  • Keep the shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident – do not wear them again.
  • Place the clothing you were wearing at the time of the accident in a plastic bag. Do not wash them.
  • If you have suffered any visible injury take photographs or we can do that for you.
  • Go to the hospital emergency room immediately. Tell the doctor about every area of your body in which you are experiencing pain. It is very important to make a record of your injury.
  • DO NOT speak about your case or give any statements to any employees or insurance representatives. Do not speak with anyone other than your lawyer.

We have represented clients in both Slip & Fall and Trip & Fall accidents against supermarkets, municipalities, stores, schools, office buildings, restaurants, and shopping centers.

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