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Slip and falls in places of worship

New Yorkers have all heard about injuries resulting from people slipping on ice. For many of people, the fear of falling on ice causes them to be more cautious when they walk on the sidewalks in the winter. Less commonly, people may hear about slip and falls that occur in places of worship. Recently, there has been an increase of premises liability cases as a result of individuals being harmed in unexpected places such as these.

According to reports, many houses of worship, including churches and synagogues, face premises liability claims after their members have been injured due to slip and falls. In one recent lawsuit, a woman sued her church due to a trip-and-fall resulting from a crack on the church's property. Some of those injured reportedly feared suing their places of worship.

When individuals have been harmed due to a slip and fall on another person's property, the owner or person in charge of maintaining the property may be held responsible for the resulting injuries. Slip and falls may involve a crack in the sidewalk, poor lighting or hidden potholes. Generally, an individual pursuing a premises liability claim must show that a dangerous condition on the property caused the accident and the owner of the property know about this dangerous defect. The dangerous condition typically must be an unreasonable danger to an individual and may not be a condition that the injured party could have foreseen in the circumstances.

Slip and falls can lead to serious injuries that require medical expenses. When these incidents arise as a result of another's negligence, a premises liability case may provide a peace of mind for the injured and their loved ones.

Source: New York Post, "Slip-and-fall lawsuits plague city houses of worship," Frank Rosario, Erin Calabrese and Kevin Sheehan, April 1, 2013

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