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You need a Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer when unsafe conditions have injured you at a location. You could be injured in a sidewalk accident, a slip and fall at a shopping mall, injured on a train or subway, riding public transportation or other conveyance, or injured in an office building accident or construction job site.

The term Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall may seem not that serious, but these types of accidents can have dire consequences. Slip and Fall, also known as Trip and Fall, can cause broken bones, head and brain injuries, spinal injuries, cuts, blindness, and even more serious wounds.

The attorneys at Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers take your case seriously. We will investigate the premises, as these injuries can occur within a building, on an exterior sidewalk, or in a municipal or other public space.

Determining Liability in a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall Accident

Was the property owner negligent in having a reasonably unsafe condition on their property is the essential question in these cases. What is considered “reasonable” is usually a question for a jury to answer. For the property owner to be considered liable for a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, one of the following is usually the case:

  • The property owner or employee must have caused the condition that led to the victim’s fall. The property owner caused a spill that resulted in dangerous, slippery conditions. A supermarket left trash or an item, like a piece of fruit, on its floor for an unreasonable period of time without cleaning it up.
  • The property owner or employee knew of a dangerous situation and did nothing to rectify it. If the property owner knew about the hazard and failed to fix the problem, they will be responsible when someone is injured.
  • The property owner or employee should have discovered the dangerous condition because a “reasonable” person would have found the hazard and taken action to remedy the hazard. A property owner, such as a store, has a duty to conduct regular safety checks.

If you are involved in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, try to take some photos of what caused you to fall as soon as you can after your fall. The reason is that a store or property owner can quickly clear up a spill or fix a dangerous condition shortly after the accident, which can make your case difficult to prove.

In addition to photos, it is important to gather any available evidence that proves the property owner or store was at fault for your slip and fall accident. After your accident, try to do the following:

  • Write down what happened and what caused you to fall. Was there something slippery on the ground? Were there broken tiles or sidewalks? Was there no or little lighting?
  • Get names and contact information from all witnesses to your accident.
  • Report your accident to the property owner or store, or building manager. If they want to do an accident report, request they give you a copy.
  • Seek medical attention for any injuries. If you need medical treatment before completing the previous steps, perhaps a friend can do some of this for you.
  • Keep your footwear and clothing worn at the time of the accident.

How do Slip and Fall Accidents Happen?

As the name implies, slip and fall accidents occur when someone trips or slips and falls and becomes hurt. Many hazardous conditions lead to these types of accidents:

  • Tripping on torn or uneven flooring;
  • Slipping on wet flooring or debris or substances;
  • Falling in places that have dim lighting
  • Tripping and falling down hazardous steps, such as steps that are worn out or lack handrails.
  • Falling over uneven sidewalks or other outdoor hazards

These accidents typically happen on someone else’s property, a store or a supermarket, an office building, or a sidewalk or walkway. The property owner or the person or company responsible for the area is the one to keep the area safe. If they fail to do so, they are negligent and responsible for compensating an injured person.

More often than not, property owners and stores have their premises under video surveillance, and your accident may have been videotaped. At Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers, we aggressively pursue obtaining these videos to assist in proving our client’s case. If the property owner or store destroys or loses videos, we can obtain sanctions from the court for destroying evidence.

Remember two critical factors:

  • What was the dangerous condition that caused the accident?
  • Did the premises owner or person in charge know about the hazard?

At Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers, we are experienced attorneys who have handled thousands of slip and fall and trip and fall accidents for our clients with successful results. We know how to aggressively represent victims of slip and trip and fall accidents to obtain the maximum compensation possible.

The injuries that occur when someone slips or trips and falls can range from minor to severe. These accidents can happen suddenly, and a person often needs medical attention immediately.

Common types of injuries can occur when a person falls:


A fall can easily cause broken bones, such as an arm, leg, ankle, or hip. You can suffer minor fractures or have more severe injuries that require surgery. An X-Ray can diagnose broken bones quickly. Broken bones need time to heal, and the connective tissues that hold our bones together may also be damaged.


A sudden fall can tear and rip the tissues that hold our bodies together. Knee or ankle ligaments can tear, tendons rupture, and muscles rip. Cuts and bruises can be a sign that there is internal damage. Sometimes these injuries are not immediately known but develop after the accident. A Magnetic Resonance Imaging test, MRI, is the state of the art test to see if a person has damaged their internal connective tissues. These injuries do not heal themselves, and medical care is needed and possible surgery to fix the problem. Long term, an injury to a joint can develop arthritis which may require further treatment.


A traumatic slip and fall and a trip and fall accident can cause a spinal cord injury. These injuries require immediate medical attention and can dramatically change a person’s life. A spinal cord injury can result in total or partial paralysis, difficulty walking or moving limbs, and pain and numbness. The spinal cord has discs between our bony vertebrae that support our body and enable us to move. When a disc is damaged or herniates, the disc material can push on the spinal cord, causing a severe injury. The spinal cord cannot heal itself, and medical treatment is required to be long-term and expensive. Spinal cord surgery may be necessary.


If you slip, fall, and hurt your head, that may be a severe injury requiring immediate medical assistance. Even though everything may seem fine, you may be suffering from a minor concussion. Other times, a fall results in noticeable concussion symptoms like a headache, dizziness, or difficulty thinking. More severe falls may lead to traumatic brain injuries, which can cause permanent health problems. These are severe injuries, and you should consult a lawyer immediately if you believe the property owner is at fault for causing your injury.

Types of Damages You Can Recover After a Slip & Fall or Trip and Fall Accident:


Past and future lost income and past, and future medical expenses are economic damages you can recover when a property owner is negligent. An experienced personal injury lawyer can pursue these damages for you. Typically the property owner’s or stores’ insurance company is available to pay these damages.


Non-economic damages attempt to pay you for your pain and suffering due to your injuries. This category includes pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life – the inability to do what you enjoyed doing—the damage to your relationships. A spouse can make a claim for loss of companionship.

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, call Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers. We will investigate the accident and help represent you at every stage of the case. Most injury claims will resolve by settlement at some point. But some will need to be tried in a court of law. At Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers, we are prepared to do either to obtain justice for our clients.

Call us for a case review. Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers will provide you with a free consultation. If we take your case, we will not charge you a fee until we obtain a recovery for you. There are no up-front costs. We can visit you at your home or in the hospital.

A Slip & Fall injury can be emotionally and physically devastating. Michael J. Asta, Esq. is one of New York’s leading accident attorneys with over 500 Million Dollars recovered for clients and over 30 years fighting for New Yorkers like you. You can be confident that the legal team at Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers is fully committed to winning the best possible results for our personal injury clients and their families. If you’ve been injured in a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall, call Asta & Bickoff, Personal Injury Lawyers at (212) 244-6555 or complete the contact form here on our website so we can help you. The consultation is free, and we work on a contingency basis meaning there is no fee until we obtain compensation on your behalf, guaranteeing you’ll never come out of pocket.

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