Many slip-and-fall accidents occur indoors after a worker fails to clean up spilled liquid or a sanitation employee doesn’t put up warning signs after mopping the floor. However, not all slip-and-fall accidents occur inside buildings. In fact, it is the responsibility of the property owner and property manager to ensure that all parts of a premises – inside and out – are safe for visitors.
Slip-and-fall accidents are the most common type of incident that lead to parking lot injuries. They most often occur as a result of:
- Weather conditions (such as snow, ice and rain that could make surfaces slick).
- Damaged or cracked wheel stops.
- Crackled or uneven pavement and potholes.
- Spilling of slippery substances (such as oil from vehicles).
- Trash or debris, which is not promptly cleared.
There are several potential parties who could be held liable for a parking lot or parking garage slip-and-fall accident including the property owner, the property management company, the company that is in charge of maintaining the parking lot, or a contractor who performed paving or other work in the parking lot.
If you have a suffered a fall in a location such as a parking garage or parking lot, it is important that you get prompt medical attention treatment and care. Report the incident right away to the property owner or manager and obtain a copy of the report. Take photographs of the dangerous condition, which caused you to fall. Contact an experienced New York City slip-and-fall lawyer who will fight to protect your rights and ensure that the at-fault parties are held accountable.
Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP has helped guide many people through successful personal injury claims. Let us be there for you and your family. You can reach us at (212) 986- 7353.