Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. | August 10, 2023 | Slip and Fall Accidents
New York City is a city that has almost everything. You can find food from nearly every country in the world, vehicles ranging from 60-year-old VW bugs to the most recent Lamborghini, and buildings that date back to before the country existed.
Amongst all those amazing charms, you will also find some very unpleasant things. Every day, people suffer from slip and fall injuries in the city, often due to the carelessness of another person. The following are some of the most common injuries in the city.
New York City is an island. And like most islands, it has lots of docks. When docks get wet, people slip. And if they slip in the wrong direction, they fall into the bay. If that person can’t swim or gets knocked out while falling, they will probably drown.
When you slip and fall, there is a chance you will strike your head on a nearby object. And any head blow has a chance of resulting in a concussion. These are dangerous injuries because they can affect you for the rest of your life. And sadly, most people don’t realize they have suffered a concussion, so many go undiagnosed.
One of the reasons you are most likely to get a concussion is if you slip just inside the entrance of a building on a rainy or snowy day. Premises liability laws require the owner of the building to clean any wet surfaces. But many don’t do that promptly, resulting in snow and ice falls.
Any time you fall, you might break a bone. But there is one place in the city where this is extremely likely.
New York City subway stairs typically get very slick on rainy or snowy days. And unfortunately, the overworked janitorial staff doesn’t get around to drying them as often as they should. If you slip on those stairs, you are likely to fall to the bottom and break many bones along the way.
Neck and Spinal Cord Injuries
Any fall can result in a neck or spinal cord injury. These types of injuries can range in consequences from ongoing pain to full paralysis. Typically, you will get this type of injury if your back or neck twists in some way during the fall.
This category of injury includes:
- Herniated discs
- Slipped discs
- Pinched nerves
- Fractured vertebrae
- Torn ligaments, muscles, or tendons
Because these types of injuries are so serious, you should get medical attention immediately if you suffer any type of neck or spinal cord injury.
Cuts and Lacerations
While most slip and fall injuries involve something slick, like a puddle of water or spilled food, that isn’t always the case. You might also slip and fall on loose objects lying on the ground, like leaves or gravel.
This is particularly a danger at construction sites where nuts, bolts, nails, and lots of other loose objects might spill, creating a slipping hazard. If someone falls at a construction site, there is a good chance that they will get a laceration from a tool or another nearby sharp object.
Workplace injuries like this are most common when someone carelessly doesn’t follow safety protocols.
Slip and Fall Injuries Are Often Serious
When you fall, you have almost no control over where you land. And even catching yourself can result in a serious injury if you are unlucky. Always be wary of dangerous places in NYC because a slip and fall injury could result in a lifetime of pain.