From construction zones and aging buildings to snowy city sidewalks, New York City has no shortage of potential hazards for residents and visitors to suffer injuries in slips and falls. In addition, weather, age, occupation, living situation, and numerous other factors can all contribute to an individual’s risk of slipping or falling and suffering a serious injury. In this article, we take a look at some of the leading causes of slip-and-fall accidents in New York City.
Slip and Fall Hazards in New York City
Whether you are on your commute, touring the city, or just going about your day, there are countless hazards that can lead to slip-and-fall accidents. By their nature, these accidents typically happen suddenly and without warning – leaving victims with little time to react to avoid suffering serious injuries. Some of the most common causes of slips and falls include:
- Wet and slippery floors due to spills or cleaning
- Untreated roads and sidewalks in bad weather
- Cracked roads and sidewalks
- Staircases with loose stairs and railings
- Torn carpets
- Improperly maintained escalators
- Dangerous playgrounds
Falls in Nursing Homes
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that half to three-quarters of all nursing home residents fall each year. This is roughly twice the rate among individuals age 65 and over living at home. Elderly individuals are particularly susceptible to suffering serious injuries in falls.
Nursing homes are required to provide safe living conditions for their residents. When they fail to do so – for example by providing inadequate safety railings, leaving hallways obstructed, or abandoning residents who are left to fend for themselves – they can be held liable for negligence and abuse. It is a tragedy that so many elderly individuals suffer such easily-avoidable injuries, and we are passionate about holding nursing homes responsible when they provide inadequate care.
Work-Related Fall Hazards
Some of the most dangerous slip and fall-related injuries occur on constructions sites. Dangerous ladders, inadequate safety equipment, slippery surfaces, and other hazards all put workers at serious risk for suffering injuries that can result in expensive medical bills and in missing significant time from work. Individuals who get injured on the job may be able to file for workers’ compensation, and they may have personal injury claims against other parties as well.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip-and-fall accident in New York City, the attorneys at Schwartzapfel® Lawyers P.C. are here to help you hold the responsible parties accountable for just compensation. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, and we will fight tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. For more information, or to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call 1-877-737-4806 or contact us online today.