Slip, Trip, and Falls

Anyone can slip, trip, or fall, but on a construction site the chances of an accident are even greater. The hustle and bustle of the workplace can hide serious hazards. Once the shock of a fall wears off, the worry of how to pay for unexpected medical expenses kicks in. We can help.

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Slip, trip, and fall accidents are some of the most common causes of injuries on construction sites. Company owners, managers, general contractors, and subcontractors frequently ignore serious hazards in order to meet deadlines and cut costs. These hazards that could have been dealt with, may cause an accident like a fall which can cause an injury so grievous that the victim suffers from life-long pain and suffering.

When Is Someone Else Responsible For My Fall?

In New York, if a party fails to take reasonable care of their property, they may be held liable for all injuries or losses that occur due to their negligence. Frequently, in slip, trip, or fall cases, the victim has the right to pursue legal action in order to receive compensation for their losses.

How Do I Know If Negligence Caused My Accident?

Construction company owners, managers, general contractors, subcontractors, and property owners are responsible for maintaining a reasonably safe environment. On a construction site, where hazards are plentiful, this responsibility is of the utmost importance.

What is “Reasonably Safe”?

When considering what is reasonable, the court takes into account many factors. Often these factors take form of questions, because every property is different, and what might be reasonable can change from location to location. Questions that may be considered include:

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Questions to Ask After A Construction Slip And Fall Accident

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  • What caused the fall?
  • Was the hazard that caused the fall present long enough that the responsible party should have known about it?
  • Were any warning signs placed around the hazard?
  • Did the responsible party know about the hazard and fail to take steps to fix it? worker fell during work
  • If an object caused the fall, was there a need for the object to be there?

After taking reasonable care into consideration, the court then addresses the defendant’s level of liability in the accident. If one of the following occurred, the defendant may be held liable for your injuries:

  • the defendant knew, or should have know, that a defect in flooring, a material spill, or other condition caused a hazard on their property
  • the defendant did nothing about a known hazard, or
  • the defendant should have known about the hazard but did not because they failed to perform an inspection of the area

If you identify with any of the above information, it may benefit you to consult with an attorney regarding your legal options.

What Good Can Come From Filing A Lawsuit?

The attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus, and Moverman P.C. work for you on a contingency fee basis, which means that you won’t pay a cent until we win your case. So really, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose by pursuing legal action against the negligent party. We will do everything within our power to get you the compensation you need.

Compensation for your injuries comes in the form of “damages”. At the end of a successful lawsuit, the victim may be awarded several types of damages:

General Compensatory Damages

When a victim is awarded these damages, the intention is to compensate them for things that have no monetary value. This may include pain and suffering, mental trauma, and loss of companionship.

Special Compensatory Damages

These are intended to restore the victim to the financial status they had prior to the accident. These damages will compensate for losses like past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and household expenses.

Wrongful Death Damages

In the tragic event that a slip, trip, or fall results in the death of the victim, wrongful death damages may be awarded to their surviving loved ones. This may include compensation for funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses for treatments the victim received prior to death, loss of financial contribution to the household, and emotional trauma.

It’s sometimes hard to imagine that a fall might cause extensive injuries. But the reality is that nearly 8 million emergency room visits are the result of a slip, trip, or fall.

Common Slip, Trip, and Fall Accidents and Injuries


Slip, trip, and fall accidents are common in places where there are liquids that may spill on the floor or where there is heavy foot traffic. Environmental influences can create hazards such as:

  • wet and slippery floors
  • poor flooring conditions such as uneven flooring, torn carpeting, cracked tiles, cracked pavement, and potholes
  • foreign objects that block a pathway
  • poorly lit areas – like staircases and garages, or construction work sites at night, and
  • weather-related conditions such as ice

On construction sites where the work almost never stops, hazards such as these are plentiful. Add in power tools, heavy machinery, and exposed electrical wires, and the chances of sustaining a serious injury increase exponentially.


Common slip, trip, and fall injuries include:

  • lacerations
  • severe bruising that can lead to blood clots
  • broken and fractured bones
  • spinal injuries
  • brain injuries

While the medical bills add up, many construction workers assume that their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance will take care of them. Unfortunately, nearly 50% of all construction accident workers’ comp claims are denied from the get-go.

For those that are covered, the insurance will only reimburse the victim for a portion of the losses sustained from the injury.

Why Isn’t Workers’ Comp Enough?

While workers’ comp will cover all medical expenses associated with the injury sustained on the job, it will likely not help to cover your everyday expenses.

For those who find that their injuries are so extensive that they are unable to return to work, the insurance will only compensate them for a fraction of their lost wages. This compensation is given after the first 7 days of work are missed, and often does not reimburse for the first seven days.

Workers’ comp will also never be able to provide compensation for emotional trauma, loss of companionship, or pain and suffering. These are just a few reasons as to why it may be within your best interests to consult an attorney.

Contact An Attorney At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus, And Moverman P.C. Today

If you or a loved one have been injured by a slip and fall accident while working on a construction site, our dedicated attorneys are here to help you decide your next steps. Don’t hesitate – contact us now for your free consultation at (888) 700-1104.