Slipping, falling and suffering injuries can negatively affect one's life -- personally and professionally. Eugenie Bouchard, a tennis pro, found this out when she was hurt after slipping and falling in the locker room at the 2015 U.S. Open which was hosted at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens. She has filed legal claims in a New York civil court and is now seeking damages for her losses. Slip-and-fall accidents are no joke and those hurt in such incidents may, like Ms. Bouchard, seek relief through legal means.
Accidents happen on private or public property that can leave people with emotional, physical and financial wounds. Slip-and-fall accidents are particularly common in New York and elsewhere. This week, this column will address some common questions that victims of slip\-and\-fall accidents may like answered.
Numerous New York residents have been hurt in accidents where they slipped and fell. Slip-and-fall accidents send over one million people to hospital emergency rooms every year. Here are some other common facts about such incidents.
Winter is fast approaching. Soon, sidewalks and streets will be covered in ice, water will be tracked onto store floors, and walking will not be as safe as it usually is. Slip-and-fall accidents increase in the winter time. Those in New York who are injured in such incidents may have legal recourse.
Homeowners, painters, construction workers and others in New York often have occasions to use ladders. These useful tools come in various sizes and weights, some able to be extended to towering heights. Slip-and-fall accidents often occur, resulting in severe injuries.
As people get older, it is natural to lose strength and balance. As a result, older people are more likely to fall. These falls can cause serious or even catastrophic injuries.
New York residents who suffered injuries in incidents that occurred on properties of other parties may have questions about their rights to recover the damages they suffered. For injured victims to have viable claims, negligence on the part of the property owner must be evident. Property owners are responsible for maintaining premises in an acceptable standard of repair. They must address all known hazards to prevent incidents such a slip\-and\-fall accidents.
Thousands of consumers in New York and other states suffer injuries every year while they are out shopping. Many of these injuries result from slip\-and\-fall accidents. Victims may realize that they may pursue claims for compensation for damages suffered in such an incident, but they may be unsure of the important procedures to follow immediately after the accident.