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Slip and Fall in New York

"Slip and Fall" refers to an injury accident where a person slips or trips and then falls, typically on another person's property. Slip and fall cases are usually considered "premises liability" claims. Premises liability claims can be tricky because a person making a claim must consider both the kind of duty the owner of the property owed the injured person, and the circumstances surrounding the injury. Since there is no exact formula in order to decide whether someone else was at fault for your slip or trip and fall injury, it may be best to speak to a New York personal injury attorney to determine whether you have a claim.

If you need legal advice on any personal injury issue in New York, including slip and fall or other premises liability issues, you should speak to a New York personal injury attorney or a specialist New York premises liability attorney. Personal injury and premises liability attorneys often offer free consultations and generally take cases on contingency, which means that you will not be expected to pay attorney fees unless you receive a favorable verdict.


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If Your Burger Bites Back, Can You Sue?

A German chef allegedly lost his ability to taste after biting into a burger at a Gordon Ramsey-owned restaurant in New York City.

The chef claims that he bit into a sharp object while dining and had to get surgery for his injuries. The injury apparently left him without an ability to taste which could be why he's claiming loss of employment as a chef.

In light of this lawsuit, can you sue for injuries you suffered while dining out?

Slip-and-Fall Lawsuits: 5 Quick Facts

You may have a vague notion of slip and fall lawsuits after seeing commercials on TV showing a sad person with a broken hip exclaim, "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up!"

Slip and fall is a term used for a personal injury case in which a person slips or trips and falls, and is injured on someone else's property. Slip-and-fall cases are grouped under the general umbrella of premises liability.

Here are five quick basic facts about slip-and-fall cases that you should know:

Man, Crushed by Crucifix, Loses Leg and Sues Church

“And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21

David Jimenez and his wife, Delia, are devout Catholics. When she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008, he would stop between food deliveries at the St. Patrick’s Church in Newburgh, New York to pray before a large outdoor crucifix. Two years, later, Delia was declared cancer free.

David wanted to show his gratitude. He volunteered to clean up the cross, first by removing the trash from around the crucifix, then by scrubbing it clean. Unfortunately, while cleaning Christ’s face, he stood on the base of the crucifix and used the cross bar for support. The leverage of his weight snapped the 600-pound marble crucifix off of the base and onto his leg. The damage was so severe that doctors were forced to amputate that leg, reports The Associated Press.

Tiny Payout for Toddler with Burned Hands Caused by City Park

More than two years after then one-year-old Paula Spolar's hands suffered second-degree burns, the lawsuit between the family and the parties responsible for installing the sizzling metal playground equipment has settled, and quite frankly, the settlement is just $17,500, reports The New York Times.

On June 16, 2010, Spolar was playing at the new Brooklyn Bridge Park. As she was walking along, she stumbled a bit and placed her hands on the metal "orb" climbing domes. In an instant, both hands were burned and blistering.

Notorious Mickey D's: Is Restaurant Liable for Violent Patrons?

Are these random acts of violence or a disturbing pattern? In March, a man was attacked at the "notorious McDonald's" in the West Village by two people shouting gay slurs. Last October, a cashier beat down a couple of rowdy customers who slapped him and tried to cross the counter. And earlier this year, also in March, a St. Patrick's Day brawl on the sidewalk again called the restaurant's safety into question.

Last night, a patron let loose with a few homophobic slurs before taking out a razor blade and slicing another customer's elbow, face, neck, and back, reports 1010 WINS. The victim was stitched up at Bellevue Hospital and will survive. Meanwhile, the restaurant's reputation as a danger spot is growing.

Free Falling: A Slip and Fall Law Primer

It was like an awful scene from "Final Destination." Grandma's electric scooter hit a display at the bodega. The display fell over and knocked a bottle of canola oil off of the shelf. The oil spread, then pooled under the shelf. On the other side of the shelf, a lady's three children were running in circles while she attended to the crying baby in her arms.

Crack. Five-year-old Melanie didn't see a thing before she ended up on her rear. The oil had slithered under the shelf and into the next aisle. Her foot had caught just enough to make her go airborne.

This is your typical slip and fall case. So what do you do when you, or a loved one, ends up on the floor?

Viral Video Gets NYC MTA To Repair Subway Stairs in 24 Hours

What's the quickest way to get the MTA to repair a safety hazard at a subway station? We wish it was as simple as hiring a lawyer, but one amateur filmmaker has shown that the viral video might be even quicker, reports NBC New York.

Drew Peterson noticed something odd about the stairs at his regular stop. For some reason, nearly everyone was tripping on the way out of the 36th Street Station. He first noticed it when both he and his girlfriend regularly tripped. So, he set up a camera to document other pedestrians tripping as well. Person after person, including a man carrying a baby, caught their foot on the step.

Booze and Barbells: Will Drinking and Workouts = Lawsuits?

Peanut butter and jelly. Tupac and Dr. Dre. Vanilla vodka and root beer floats. Some combinations make so much sense that it is absurd that it took so long to get there.

Finally, you can get your cardio AND your cocktails in one sitting. Really. Or your boot camp, bloodies, and brunch. How has this taken so long?

Gym. Gin. They sound so similar. They belong together.

Uplift Studios, in the Flatiron district, has just opened a bar that rewards you for your workout with alcoholic beverages. But to take a phrase from Carrie Bradshaw, I couldn't help but wonder ... what comes first, the lawyers or the lawsuits?

Broken Handrail to Blame for LIRR Escalator Death?

Eighty-eight-year-old Irene Bernatzky was killed earlier this week while riding the escalator at the Lindenhurst Station of the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Apparently, the handrail on the escalator was broken making it impossible for the elderly woman to have a proper grasp.

In the ghastly LIRR escalator death, Bernatzky fell as she rode the escalator and was unable to brace herself, apparently due to the faulty handrail. After falling, the woman's clothes got stuck in the escalator and she was slowly choked to death, reports the New York Post.

Elevator Accident Death on Madison Avenue

An elevator accident death was reported at the offices of Young & Rubicam. Suzanne Hart, a 41-year-old sales executive at the advertising firm, stepped onto a waiting elevator and before she was able to fully enter the elevator shot up like a bullet.

With half her body in the elevator, and half her body out, Hart got stuck between the elevator cab and wall and was killed, reports the New York Post.