Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, people falling require over 8 million hospital emergency room visits every year, representing the leading cause of hospital visits. Slip and falls account for over 1 million total visits or, 12% of total falls. Each year in the United States 1 in every 3 people over the age of 65 will experience a fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Stores that invite the public must keep their store safe and free of dangerous and hazardous conditions. Outside the store, business owners must keep their sidewalks free of dangers and properly repaired. In addition, the City of New York may be responsible for cracked, raised and broken sidewalks.
Falls inside stores typically happen because the store sets up its products to get your attention. People walk looking up at the products may not always be looking down at their feet, not seeing the danger and slip or trip and fall.
Falls outside on the sidewalk may happen because people normally look up and ahead as they walk and may not see a raised or broken part of the sidewalk and trip and fall.
While slip, trip and falls may seem minor, their consequences can be long-lasting. Slip, trip and falls can cause serious broken bones or traumatic brain injuries.
As an example of our work, in one particular case, our client, a 60-year-old bank employee, was working at her job in Manhattan. Her office was being remodeled for renovations and the contractor opened a floor access door in the floor and then covered it with a piece of carpet. Our client got up from her desk and stepped on the carpet. She went into the hole. She herniated discs in her lower back and required treatment for two years. The insurance company paid her $400,000.
In another case, our client, a 57-year-old woman tripped on a raised broken up sidewalk in front of a commercial business. Our client fractured her leg, requiring surgery. Deliso Law investigated and used our experience to obtain a remedy for her losses in a settlement she deserved. The insurance company paid $950,000 to settle before trial.
Call the personal injury law firm of Deliso Law for a free consultation and remember to get photographs of what caused you to fall. Let us handle navigating the system to get compensation for your loss, so you can focus on getting your life back on track.
“You were right not to settle for their offer. I can’t tell you how helpful you were in preparing me and holding strong and not settling. Thank you so much.” Alex K. client who fell on the sidewalk