Slip and fall accidents on sidewalks occur on a regular basis in New York, and lead to costly medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. These accidents can be devastating, and for some, it is possible to ever put their lives back together and receive the compensation they deserve.
What are some of the most common causes of sidewalk slip and fall accidents?
- Ice and snow
- Oil spills
- Broken pavement
- Uneven surfaces
- Lack of or unrepaired handrails
- Black Ice
As nice as it is to be able to get around on foot, it puts individuals in danger of falling and injuring themselves. And as careful as you might be when walking outdoors, you encounter obstacles every day that can cause accidents.
Sidewalk falls can lead to serious injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. Annually, more than 800,000 people are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often due to a head injury or hip fracture.
These injuries are expensive to treat and require years of attention from medical professionals. Costs associated with slip and fall accidents include doctors’ bills, physical therapy bills, medication, and in some cases, surgery. In addition to the bills, you might be forced to miss work after a slip and fall accident, which means you aren’t earning money as you recover. Not to mention the emotional pain and suffering you face because of a slip and fall incident.
The good news is most sidewalk slip and fall victims are entitled to compensation. It doesn’t matter if you fell on a sidewalk that is open to the public or on someone’s private property. Sidewalks must be properly maintained and kept in good repair regardless who owns them.
What Should I Do If I Slip and Fall on the Sidewalk?
First, seek the medical attention you need. Even if it seems your injuries are minor, it’s still important to be seen by a doctor.
Make sure you alert the sidewalk owner to the problem. Report the incident and make your injuries known to the person responsible for maintaining the sidewalk.
Finally, contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney with slip and fall claims experience. He or she will examine the details of your case and help you decide whether or not it’s appropriate to file a lawsuit. Professional support and guidance is the best tool you have available after you have been injured in a slip and fall accident.
For more information, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of ELAN WURTZEL, P.C.