With the end of summer and autumn just beginning, it will not be long before New Yorkers are getting out their snow shovels and winter gear to deal with cold weather. And, with cold weather comes the risk of slipping and falling due to ice. Though, at first glance, a person slipping and falling might not be viewed as significantly dangerous, but it can lead to broken bones, cuts, head injuries and spinal cord injuries. It can even result in death. However, it is a property owner’s responsibility to keep the area safe for those walking on it.
The winter is not the only time these incidents can occur as issues other than ice, such as wet floors and uneven sidewalks, can cause them as well. When they happen and there are injuries, it is imperative to seek legal help. People who own a property are required to ensure that it is completely safe and free of obstacles and dangerous conditions.
Businesses are similarly responsible for keeping their areas safe. If there is construction in progress or there is a dangerous issue, warning signs must be posted, until the problem is fixed.
There are a seemingly endless number of ways in which a person can fall on another’s property. Staircases that are dangerous must be fixed. If, for example, the bannister is not secured, as it should be, a person can fall and be injured or killed. And, these incidents can be the basis for a legal filing.
Those who are hurt or lost a loved one because of negligence on the part of property owners should know their rights to be compensated. Medical expenses for surgery, broken bones, cuts, head injuries, back injuries and rehabilitation can be astronomical. If there is a death, the family must consider the funeral costs, lost wages and family contributions that are no longer there. A legal filing based on slip-and-fall accidents can help and holding owners responsible.