Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and Fall Accidents

The White Plains, New York Law Office of Mark A. Siesel represents clients throughout Westchester County and all of New York who have suffered serious injuries when they slipped or tripped and fell while in someone's home or place of business. These injuries can occur on a flight of stairs, a patch of ice, an uneven sidewalk, a slippery supermarket floor, an improperly leveled elevator, or a poorly maintained floor. When accidents or injuries occur to visitors or tenants, the owner of the property may be legally responsible if it was negligence or recklessness that led to the injury. We are committed to identifying the exact nature of the property owner’s negligence and establishing how this negligence caused our clients’ injuries.

The basic types of slip/trip and fall accidents involve:

  • Slip and fall—Due to a wet, icy or slippery substance on the floor or a store, building, parking lot, or sidewalk;
  • Trip and fall—As the result of an uneven sidewalk, an elevator which is not level with the floor it stops on, or an object such as a box located in the aisle of store;
  • Step and fall—Most frequently occurring when someone steps into a hole in the ground which they would not expect, such as a pothole or uncovered manhole.

There are many factors to consider in what are known as “premises liability” cases, including, most importantly, whether the property owner was “on “notice” or aware of the condition before the accident happened. Generally, it is the property owner’s responsibility to warn visitors of dangerous conditions and to maintain the property to prevent hazardous conditions. In cases involving slip/trip and fall accidents, it must be proven that the property owners either created unsafe conditions which led to the injury, failed to maintain the property, or knew about the dangerous premises and hazards but didn't alert visitors or tenants. The law requires that property owners must keep premises reasonably safe for people who are on their property. In situations involving businesses that encourage potential customers to come in, the law requires that businesses have a duty to inspect the premises and discover any dangerous conditions.

The Law Office of Mark A. Siesel also represents numerous victims of falling merchandise at large “big box” stores, where heavy products are frequently and unsafely stacked on shelves without proper safety precautions, resulting in potentially devastating injuries to customers.

In cases involving municipalities, such as a trip and fall on a defective sidewalk, it is critical that you act quickly, as you have 90 days to file a notice of claim against the city, town or village. Further, in general, it is vital that you act promptly in all types of premises liability cases, in order to ensure that evidence is preserved (the product that injured you or the defective sidewalk so that it can be photographed and or videotaped) and to make certain that you do start a case before the statute of limitations expires.

At the White Plains Law Office of Mark A. Siesel, we are committed to getting to know each of our clients, the extent of their injuries, and the impact of the accident on their lives in order to obtain maximum compensation for their injuries. In addition to working tirelessly to ensure that we identify any potential source of compensation for our clients, we work together with our clients in a collaborative effort to get the best possible result. This includes obtaining immediate photographs of our clients’ injuries and the defective condition, if possible; and in cases involving catastrophic injuries, having the client maintain diaries to document the impact of the accident on our clients’ lives from the moment of the accident to the resolution of the case.

The Law Office of Mark A. Siesel has the resources and expertise to thoroughly and vigorously investigate and prosecute your claim. We will identify the parties who might be at fault for your injuries and aggressively work to resolve your case through settlement or jury verdict, if the insurance companies involved are unreasonable or fail to accept responsibility.

If you have been injured in any type of slip/trip and fall accident in Westchester County or anywhere in New York State, call us at (914) 428-7386 or contact us online for a free consultation.