New York business owners should be especially aware of fall hazards on their premises as the weather gets colder. The months during which the most slips and falls are recorded in the U.S. are December, January and February. As the weather chills, ice and snow can gather on sidewalks and other areas where people move. People who are injured due to a slip and fall might be able to recover compensation under the theory of premises liability.
There are a number of things business owners can do to make public areas safer. They can make sure pathways are tidy and that cords, carpets and mats are flat so people don't trip over them. They can also make sure that stairs are well-lit and free of spills or debris.
The injuries that might result from a fall include bruises, broken bones, strains, sprains, head injuries and contusions. According to data, the most common types of slip and fall injuries are same-level falls, falls on ice or snow, falls on stairs, different level falls, slips where the person did not fall, and falls due to grease or liquid.
In a case where a person is injured due to a fall on the property of another, an attorney might be able to help. An attorney with experience handling premises liability cases might identify liable parties and conduct depositions or otherwise gather evidence in support of the client's claims. An attorney may be able to negotiate a settlement with at-fault parties or file a complaint in civil court, seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other applicable amounts.