If you have been injured in a cluttered walkway accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, we are experienced NY premises liability lawyers who are able to assist you in holding the negligent business or property owner to account. Give us a call at (212) 986-7353 to get your legal claim started today.
Property owners and business owners have a legal obligation to ensure their areas are safe for visitors. Whether on private property or commercial premises, cluttered surfaces present a danger to passers-by. Items improperly strewn in areas of public access are among the leading reasons for slip and fall or trip and fall accidents.
Businesses in the New York metro area risk these types of accidents when heavily merchandising their stores to attract shoppers. The same goes for property owners who may have a collection of items cluttered in certain spaces around their property. Cluttered areas are prone to causing accidents as items can easily fall and create a trip hazard or can spill and create a slip hazard.
Many serious injuries can ensue from a cluttered space accident. The two primary types of accident in these spaces are:
- Trip and fall
- Slip and fall
The seriousness of the accident may depend on a multitude of factors, including:
- The age and physical condition of the person involved in the accident
- The way they fall, whether it is forward, backward, or on a side
- Whether the person is able to mitigate the fall by placing a hand or other limb down
- The size of the object or spill that the person slips or trips on
- The force with which the person slips, trips, or falls
Depending on a range of factors such as these, there is a spectrum of injuries that may be suffered as the result of a cluttered space accident. Some of these include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones in arms and hands
- Broken hip
- Sprains, strains, dislocations, and tears
- Internal bleeding or damage to internal organs
- Lacerations (cuts)
- Contusions (bruises)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says falls are the most common cause of TBI, and that 20 to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. These injuries have the potential to lead to death, especially if the person involved in the accident was elderly or had health problems. Such incidents may prove costly—financially, physically, and emotionally.
You may be entitled to seek compensation if you or a loved one are the victim of a cluttered space accident. What is crucial in your legal claim is the property owner or business owner’s negligence. In short, the property owner or business owner knew or ought to have known of the clutter and subsequently failed to remove it. If this is successfully proved, you may be entitled to seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Potential future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Death-related losses
It is crucial that you or your loved one seeks immediate medical attention after a cluttered walkway accident. Despite injuries often being seemingly minor, they can develop into serious health problems at a later time. Having your injury treated immediately means you mitigate the risk of developing long-term health problems. You should also get in contact with a New York cluttered space attorney.
At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, we are experienced personal injury attorneys. We are able to assist you or your loved one in proving another party’s negligence and getting the compensation you deserve. You should not have to bear the emotional, physical, and financial costs of a walkway accident alone. Call us today at (212) 986-7353 to get your cluttered walkway accident claim started.
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