- 1 When Do You Need a Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer or Trip and Fall Accident Attorney?
- 2 Are Slip and Fall Accidents and Trip and Fall Accidents Handled By The Same Attorney?
- 3 What’s The Difference Between a Slip and Fall Accident and a Trip and Fall Accident?
- 4 Slip and Fall Accident
- 5 Trip and Fall Accident
- 6 Does A Warning Sign Mean That I Can’t File A Lawsuit?
- 7 Things you should do after your fall
When Do You Need a Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer or Trip and Fall Accident Attorney?
When you are injured in a “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” accident, you need a “slip and fall” or “trip and fall” accident attorney.
A “slip and fall” accident or “trip and fall” accident describes the type of accident when someone either slips on something or trips over something, resulting in an injury.
When your fall is at least partially because of the negligence of someone or a company, or negligent design, we can represent you so you can be compensated for your personal injury, medical expenses, and lost wages,
Are Slip and Fall Accidents and Trip and Fall Accidents Handled By The Same Attorney?
Yes. Slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents are handled by the same type of personal injury lawyer. The personal injury attorneys at 1-800-HURT-911® represent clients injured in both slip and fall and trip and fall accidents.
What’s The Difference Between a Slip and Fall Accident and a Trip and Fall Accident?
As the name implies, the difference is a slip and fall accident is caused when someone slips on a slippery surface or on a substance that is slippery.
A trip and fall accident is caused when someone trips on an uneven surface, surface defect, an object, or falls in a hole.
See some examples below of slip and fall accidents and trlip and fall accidents.
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.
Examples of slip and fall accidents we settled for our clients
- A client slipped on a ramp leading to the back of 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 caused the ice.
There are many other ways that someone can slip because of someone’s negligence.
How do I know if the slippery surface is slippery enough to file a lawsuit?
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
“Trip and fall” accident attorneys represent people who are injured when someone trips or falls.
Is a trip and fall accident the same as a pedestrian accident? No. While a person injured in a trip and fall accident may be a pedestrian. Trip and fall accident lawyers refer to pedestrian accidents as when a pedestrian is hit by a car.
Most of our personal injury cases involve someone injured because of one of the following
- A hole which is a dangerous or hazardous condition
- An unlevel sidewalk
- Two areas of flooring which are not level
- Something left on the stairs or floor such as toys, clothing, tools, or something else.
Examples of trip and fall accidents we settled for our clients
- Many clients tripped on unlevel sidewalks.
- A client tripped on tools left on the stairs leading to the garage in his son’s house.
- A client tripped on a raised floor when entering a bathroom in a doctor’s office. The bathroom floor was higher than the floor in the hallway.
- A client tripped on a toy left on a walkway.
- 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.
- A client fell into a manhole that was missing the manhole cover.
This photo shows an unlevel floor that caused a trip and fall accident with a serious injury
There are many other ways that someone can trip because of someone else’s negligence.
A trip and fall accident when a pedestrian is injured while walking past a construction site is a trip and fall accident. But when a construction worker is injured on a construction site the case is a construction accident case.
With so many sidewalks, there are many sidewalk defects causing many serious injuries.
Trivia question: How many miles of sidewalks are in New York City?
Answer: There are 12,750 miles of sidewalks in New York City which means plenty of accident cases for a trip and fall lawyer in New York City.
Does A Warning Sign Mean That I Can’t File A Lawsuit?
No. A warning sign may reduce the liability of the defendant but it does not mean that the defendant has no responsibility for causing your injury. You can receive money to compensate you for your personal injury, medical expenses, and lost wages even if the defendant has less responsibility or you were partially at fault.
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 trip and fall accident 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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