Trip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises cases in New York. Under New York State and local laws, the owners and occupiers of property (e.g., a house, an office building, an apartment building, a store, etc.) have the responsibility to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition. Slip and fall cases and other premises liability cases arise when the responsible party fails to maintain the property or does something to cause a hazard.
If you do fall in a public place such as a store, mall or restaurant, it is important to notify the management as soon as possible and report the accident. Often times, there is video surveillance in such places which may help prove your case. If you are caused to fall because of a substance on the ground or floor, look around for indications as to how long the item may have been present. For example, a brown, squashed piece of fruit on a supermarket floor may have been there for awhile.
Also, if possible, take pictures and speak to any witnesses who might have seen you fall. It is always better to have someone who can confirm your version of events when it comes to a trip and fall accident.
For more information about what to do if you are involved in trip and fall accident, contact our office at 516-213-5000.