Slippery floors are one of the leading causes of slip and fall accidents in retail locations in New York City. These types of accidents send hundreds of New Yorkers to city hospitals every year suffering from sprains, broken bones and worse. Most of these types of accidents happen in markets where debris like bits of packing material, produce, and spilled liquids are a common hazard. However, the danger is real in any public location from the coffee shop on the corner to the major supermarket or department store.
Companies have a legal responsibility to keep their patrons reasonably safe while they shop and free from a slip and fall accident in New York. This means if store employees fail to proper inspect, ignore or create an unsafe condition, the company can be held legally and financially liable.
Common slip/trip and fall hazards include:
•· Spilled liquids (soaps, pasta sauce, water, etc.)
•· Packing materials (tape, plastic wrap, cardboard) dropped or left on floors
•· Curled, worn, or torn mats (usually in front of doors)
•· Broken or poorly repaired flooring (especially carpet or tile)
•· Puddles and wet, slippery floors from rain or snow
Under New York premises law, the business has a legal obligation to clean up or fix any of these hazards within a timely fashion once the defect has been brought to their attention. If they fail to do so or fail to block off the affected area, they could be held liable for any injuries suffered by victims. The business also has the obligation to inspect for slippery and dangerous conditions. If the business fails to discover and remedy the unsafe condition, the business can be liable for an accident victim’s injuries.
To get the financial compensation you deserve, which includes pain and suffering, unpaid medical bills and lost wages into the future, contact an experienced New York City slip and fall accident attorney immediately to build the strongest case possible. Call the expert New York City slip and fall attorneys at the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for a free consultation.