In New York City, slip and fall accidents can be caused by many things, including icy walkways, doorway obstructions, and medical conditions that affect a person’s balance. However, sidewalk defects are also a major cause of these injuries, which can be devasting and costly for unsuspecting pedestrians who fall victim to unsafe and unmaintained sidewalks.
Snowy and icy winter weather brings on an increase in slip and fall accidents, especially among senior citizens in New York City. According to the New York State Department of Health, falls are the top cause of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and injury-related deaths among people over the age of 65. The prevalence of the slip and fall accident is on the rise in our state too, with 304 ER visits, 143 hospitalizations, and three deaths – all due to falls – among seniors each day in a recent year.
In 2017 the NYC Department of Transportation released their Safer Cycling: Bicycle Ridership and Safety in New York City study that “analyzes growth of cycling and NYC’s bicycle network, noting that as the number of regular bicyclists has increased, cycling has grown dramatically safer.”
If you suffer a slip and fall accident at a store or restaurant, you will likely be seriously injured. You may suffer a broken arm, back pain or even head trauma. If you were in this situation, you would likely attempt to file a lawsuit against the liable party.
Holiday car accidents can really take the joy out of the Christmas season. But with winter weather and people drinking and driving, it’s something you need to be concerned about. This is the deadliest season to be driving, so if you must be out on the roads this time of year, make sure you drive safely.
The holidays can be hectic, but instead of speeding on the roadways, slow down and take a little extra time to get to your destination. Here are some other tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season, as well as sometimes to avoid driving.
This time of year is dangerous when it comes to walking and driving. Winter weather conditions can lead to icy sidewalks and roads. These can be dangerous for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. Cars and bicycles have no traction on ice, while pedestrians can slip and fall on ice and suffer back and head injuries and even die.
Not everyone can see black ice, which makes it especially dangerous. Black ice forms in rainy weather, when the air’s surface is at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The rain freezes once it hits the ground, creating ice. When the ice or snow melts and then freezes again, it creates black ice.
Read on to learn about where to find black ice, how to stay safe and what the law says about liability for slipping on ice injuries.
Wet floors can be a scary situation for employees and customers alike. After all, wet floors are the most common cause of slips, trips, and falls. They also cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths.
If you’re an employee, a resident or a property manager, it’s important to understand wet floor regulations so that you can take action if you have been a victim of a slip and fall.
Slips and falls are common accidents. They can happen in stairways, parking lots, hallways, elevators, escalators, apartment buildings, supermarkets and even private properties. Broken stairs and steps are often a common cause of slips and falls.
Stairways are not as safe as you think. Believe it or not, there are about two dozen ways in which stairs and steps can be dangerous. The next time you have to climb steps, you’ll want to think twice before you get too confident and start skipping steps or running down the stairway.
New York parents take their kids to the local playgrounds to release pent-up energy and play with friends. Unfortunately, what is supposed to be a fun day sometimes ends up as a scary visit to the emergency room.
Playgrounds are often the scene of childhood accidents such as slip and fall injuries. Falls are the leading cause of injuries among children. Children can fall off slides and other equipment, causing head trauma and other serious injuries.
Depending on how the accident occurred, your child could be at fault for his or her injuries. If this is the case, then you likely would not be able to recover compensation. However, if a third party caused your child’s injuries, then you have a possible lawsuit. Learn more about common playground dangers and what you can do if your child is injured.