New York is known for its treacherous wet walkways and black ice patches during winter months. Unfortunately, many winter slip and fall accidents don’t merely result in sprains and bruises. Victims are likely to suffer significant injuries, causing them prolonged pain and suffering, mounting medical bills, and loss of productive work. But you have legal options if this happens to you, and our team of winter slip and fall lawyers in New York City can help.
Fault Determination in Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall cases in New York are largely based on determining negligence or fault. Businesses or government entities can be held responsible for the accident if:
- Hazards causing the injuries fell under their responsibility
- Government or business employee had enough opportunity for clearing the hazard
- Government or business employee did not warn about the hazard or clear it up in time
For example, a business with an icy entrance in the morning after a winter storm cannot be held liable if the slip and fall victim approached the door before store business hours. However, they can claim compensation if the store opened its doors for business and failed to inform customers about icy conditions right outside the premises.