Cluttered aisles and tripping hazards left in walkways, hallways, on stairs or other areas where people walk pose an extreme danger. Items in walkways have caused many serious trip-and-fall accidents. A property owner, manager or other responsible party that has failed to keep a property reasonably safe from tripping hazards may be required to pay damages to the victim of a fall caused by such negligence.
The National Floor Safety Institute reports the following facts about falls:
- Falls lead to about 8 million visits to the emergency room yearly.
- Slip or trip and fall cases account for approximately 1 million of these visits.
- A large percentage of accidental deaths result from falls on ground level (in other words, not a fall from a higher to a lower level).
- Older people who fall are far more likely to suffer permanent disabilities and to be unable to live independently after the accident.
To find out more about your potential right to compensation for injuries suffered in a fall caused by a tripping hazard in a walkway or in a cluttered store, discuss your case with a qualified premises liability attorney at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP on Long Island. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Types of Tripping Hazards
Some stores have displays that fall, leaving items in the aisles. Some working environments have hallways cluttered with various items that should have been removed for the safety of those walking in the area, whether employees or visitors. Some property owners are less than diligent about clearing items from walkways and stairways, using these areas for easy storage of boxes and other things.
This type of negligence can lead to a premises liability claim against the property owner or other responsible party if a serious injury results. Walkways must be free from clutter so people can safely navigate the area. People with limited vision are in even more danger, but anyone can trip and fall in aisles that are cluttered with items, such as boxes, merchandise, equipment, personal items or anything that inhibits free passage through the area.
Injuries from a Fall in a Cluttered Aisle or Walkway
There are a range of injuries that may happen if a person trips and falls over items cluttering an aisle or walkway. The injuries range from soft-tissue injuries, such as bruises, sprains, strains and ligament and tendon damage, to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), broken bones and spinal cord injuries.
If a claim is filed against the property owner, manager or other responsible party, it is crucial that all of the evidence to support the case is collected and preserved as soon as possible. This includes statements from eyewitnesses who observed the fall or the conditions that led to it.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our team works closely with accident investigators, medical professional and financial experts to develop a compelling claim or lawsuit to demand compensation for the victim’s losses.
The first step is to contact us so we can take action to investigate and document the hazardous conditions that caused your fall. The property manager, owner or landlord is likely to act quickly after an accident occurs. If you have the ability, take pictures of the area or have a companion do so while you are treated for the injuries you suffered.
Contact the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP now for help with your trip-and-fall claim. Our personal injury attorneys have been representing injured people in in New York since 2003 and have recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients. When we go to court for you, we go prepared to win.
Don’t settle for less. Contact us now to find out how we can help you.
For a free legal consultation with a tripping hazards and cluttered aisles lawyer serving Long Island, call 516-358-6900