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Premises Liability (Trip and Fall or Slip and Fall)

Slip, trip, and fall accidents can occur anywhere, from business establishments to private residences.

The attorneys of Worby Vecchio Edelman LLP can help accident victims seek legal damages for serious injuries.

Learn how our White Plains, NY, personal injury lawyers have helped clients throughout Westchester County...

About Premises Liability

Premises liability cases have become common in personal injury litigation because, though they may seem routine, slip/trip-and-fall injuries can be severe.

In premises liability cases involving slip/trip-and-fall accidents, property owners may be responsible for injuries sustained by people present on their properties. Of course, there are many factors to consider, but generally speaking, it is the property owner’s duty to warn visitors of unreasonably dangerous conditions and to maintain the property in such a way as to prevent hazardous situations.

Common Locations Where Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents Happen


  • Hotels
  • Airports
  • Residential or commercial buildings
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Shopping centers
  • Grocery Stores & Supermarkets
  • Parking lots and garages
  • Sidewalks
  • Public spaces

Slips, trips, and falls cause countless serious injuries every year...

Causes of Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents


  • Poor lighting
  • Slippery floors
  • Structural defects
  • Uneven floors
  • Cracked sidewalks
  • Broken stairs
  • Missing handrails or guardrails
  • Delinquent repairs/maintenance
  • Lack of warning signs
  • Trash or errant debris
  • Snow and Ice

$5 Million Premises Liability Settlement

Our White Plains trip and fall lawyers obtained a multi-million dollar settlement in a client's trip and fall case.

Have You Been Injured in a Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident? Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Lawyers

If you have suffered injuries or a tragic loss as a result of a slip, trip, or fall, you need to speak with a lawyer about filing a personal injury lawsuit. The White Plains lawyers of Worby Vecchio Edelman, LLP, can help you recover damages to address medical expenses, lost wages, and the lingering effects of a fall accident.

To schedule a free consultation with our slip, trip, and fall attorneys, contact our practice online. You can also reach our White Plains, NY, law firm by phone.

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The White Plains lawyers of Worby Vecchio Edelman, LLP, serve injury victims and their families throughout Westchester County, New York.

These Injuries Can Happen Anytime and Anywhere

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Slip and falls can occur when a surface is left greasy or wet, resulting in serious injuries.

Statute of Limitations New York Premises Liability Law


According to New York state law, you have three years from the date of the incident to file a premises liability lawsuit. Once three years have passed, the state of New York will no longer allow you to seek legal damages in a slip, trip, or fall case. It's important to schedule a free consultation with our White Plains trip and fall lawyers as soon as possible.

Proving Negligence in a Slip and Fall Case

A slip and fall attorney must establish certain elements to prove that a property owner was negligent. These are some of the basic aspects of legal liability in a personal injury lawsuit.
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Duty of Care

The property owner has a duty to keep the premises reasonably safe in order to protect visitors to the property.

Breach of That Duty

The property owner failed to keep the premises reasonably safe, whether by failing to address known dangerous conditions or failing to recognize foreseeable hazards.

Injuries Caused by Breach

The breach of the property owner's duty resulted in some form of injury to someone who was at the premises.

Damages from the Incident

The property owner's negligent actions or inaction resulted in lost wages, medical expenses, or other losses.

Evidence in a Slip and Fall Case What Your Slip and Fall Lawyer Will Review


  • Police or accident reports
  • Security camera footage
  • Witness accounts or recordings
  • Documentation of the hazardous condition
  • Medical records
  • Medical bills

Comparative Negligence How This Can Affect Slip and Fall Cases

What Is Comparative Negligence?

New York is one of 13 states that follows a pure comparative negligence rule. In essence, comparative negligence means that it is possible for both parties to be partially at fault for an accident in New York. When a plaintiff plays a role in the accident, it is known as contributory negligence.

If an accident victim is partially at fault in a slip, trip, or fall accident, they will receive less legal compensation than if the negligent property owner was fully at fault for the incident.

Examples of Contributory Negligence

Some examples of contributory negligence include entering a restricted area of a property, not paying attention while on a property, failing to observe warning signs, and wearing inappropriate footwear or attire in a potentially hazardous area.

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Worby Vecchio Edelman LLP

The personal injury attorneys at Worby Vecchio Edelman, LLP, have advocated for the rights of injured clients for over 40 years. Our attorneys' affiliations and recognitions include:

  • Super Lawyers
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association
  • The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Best Lawyers

To schedule a free consultation at our law office, contact us online or call (914) 686-3700.

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