Slip-and-fall accidents are common in New York. From shiny marble floors in corporate buildings to icy walkways, there are many risks people need to look out for. Most Americans are especially concerned about elderly people falling, because the consequences for them are more serious. However, anyone can become injured or even die if they talk a bad fall.
In 2018, CNBC reported that Apple had come to the rescue with fall detection built into its Apple Watch Series 4. This technology automatically identifies when someone falls and then a pop-up asks if they are okay. If the wearer does not respond, an alarm sounds to alert passersby. It also automatically calls emergency services on the wearer’s behalf. Supporters of the technology say it may be ideal for people prone to falling or who work in areas with a lot of slip-and-fall hazards.
In instances where the wearer became unconscious after falling, it may help them to better determine when the incident happened. The time of day might make all the difference when filing a complaint or writing up an incident report for the accident. This may determine other work activities that may have occurred before the incident that may have contributed to it, such as recently wiped floors or failure to place a sign.
According to the New York City Bar Organization, oil, soap, holes and cracks are just some of the hazards that lead to falls at a place of business. The person who fell may need to prove the employer’s negligence at the time of falling if they need compensation for any injuries sustained, so noting the conditions of the surrounding area or any potential causes is important. If the employer failed to put up a notice to warn visitors or workers about the hazardous condition, this may count as negligence.
In the case of a fall, it is important to notify the owner as soon as possible, preferably immediately after it happens. It is also important to document claims and seek medical attention if there is pain or any pre-existing conditions a fall could aggravate.
This article provides information on slip-and-fall accidents in New York. It should not be misconstrued as or used in place of legal or medical advice.