During winter, slippery and slick conditions due to ice, snow and rain can lead not only to treacherous driving conditions, but also, they can pose a danger of slipping and falling to people who must walk from their cars to their work buildings or stores. In addition to weather-related conditions, an oily or slick floor in stores and facilities due to a spill can also pose a slip-and-fall hazard for patrons and employees alike. New York residents and employees who have been injured on public or employer premises should consider consulting a Nassau County premises liability attorney.
Residents of New York who may encounter or deal with potentially slippery conditions due to their work duties will find it interesting to learn that a man recently filed a personal injury suit against his employer stemming from a slip-and-fall incident at his place of employment. The man was a seaman working on a barge in the Gulf of Mexico when he slipped and fell due to a puddle of diesel oil on the floor. Apparently, the diesel oil had overflowed from the tank, causing unsafe conditions. The seaman is suing his employer for negligence, for failing to provide a safe place to work and for failing to provide adequate training.
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Slip-and-fall incidents have the potential of causing severe and sometimes even permanent injuries. In general, property owners here in New York have a duty to provide a safe premise for those using it. Nevertheless, if someone were to slip and fall, in order for them to prevail in a personal injury suit, the plaintiff must show that the property owner created the condition, knew of the condition but failed to rectify it. On the other hand, a successful case could be based on the idea the dangerous condition existed for a long time, and, thus, the owner should have discovered it and corrected it.
An individual who has suffered an injury due to a dangerous condition -whether an employee or a visitor – may be able recover damages for medical expenses stemming from the slip-and-fall accident. A successful personal injury lawsuit could help cover lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering and more to help the victim move on after the unfortunate accident.
- LouisianaRecord.com, “Seaman claims slip and fall caused by overflow of diesel from tank,” Michele Keahey, Jan. 25, 2013