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Slip-and-fall accidents can have long-term consequences

Slipping on a wet spot in a store can cause a fractured hip, torn rotator cuff, fractured wrist or other injuries that could cause chronic pain or have other long-term consequences. It is the responsibility of every New York owner of public spaces such as apartment buildings, grocery stores and restaurants to protect the safety of customers, guests or tenants. Victims of slip-and-fall accidents might be able to hold property owners accountable through the state's civil justice system.

The direction of the fall typically determines the type of injury the victim suffers. Grabbing onto a railing might cause shoulder or rotator cuff injuries, and breaking a fall with the hands could cause a fractured wrist or elbow. Falling sideways can cause a broken hip, and those who fall backward can suffer injuries to the spinal column.

Spinal injuries in the upper back region can affect the neck and shoulders, and lower back injuries can cause chronic pain from the buttocks right down to the feet. If the person's head strikes a hard object, a traumatic brain injury can result. These injuries can range from concussions to severe TBIs that cause permanent cognitive impairment that could even be fatal.

Slip-and-fall accidents can have severe physical, psychological and financial consequences, and a property owner deemed negligent can be sued in a New York civil court. However, this is a complicated field of the law, especially when it comes to establishing negligence. For this reason, victims usually seek the support and guidance of an experienced premises liability attorney to navigate the ensuing legal processes in pursuit of financial relief for the client.

Source: bisociety.org, "The Level of Pain & Injury from Slip and Fall Accidents", Jacob Masters, May 4, 2018

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