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How is a slip and fall accident different from a trip and fall?

If you were hurt in a slip, trip, or fall accident in New York City, you could be owed significant compensation if someone else’s negligence caused you to get hurt.

First, it is important to learn the definitions of both a trip and a slip. A slip and fall accident occurs when a person loses traction with the ground, causing their foot to slide out from underneath them. Usually, they fall backward and might sustain injuries to their back, neck, back of the head, or hip. Wet, icy, or slippery surfaces put people at risk of slipping. Additionally, a person could slip on any number of objects scattered on the ground like beads or salt.

In contrast, when a person trips, it is because an object on the floor blocked their path. You might trip over uneven floorings such as broken tile or a cracked sidewalk, hazards that were concealed by poor lighting, or random objects left on the floor. When the plaintiff trips, they usually fall forward. This forward motion could result in injuries to the head and face, elbows, knees, or arms.

Depending on what injuries you suffered, you could be eligible to seek compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain, suffering and emotional trauma
  • Other losses

Slip and fall accidents tend to result in more severe injuries because the head, neck, and spine are at greater risk of injury, and treatment could include lengthy physical rehabilitation.

Regardless of the nature of your case, you and your lawyer will need to prove that the property owner’s negligence caused your accident. Sometimes, the defendant will try to avoid compensating you by suggesting that you were partially responsible for your own injury. If the jury determines that you were somewhat responsible for your injury, you will only receive a portion of the total amount.

Contact a New York Slip and Fall Attorney

If you were injured because you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, you might be entitled to compensation. The personal injury attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP can help determine how much compensation you could win from your case. Call our office today for a free consultation to discuss your case at (212) 779-0057.


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