According to the office of the New York State Comptroller, just roughly 54% of New York's more than 8 million citizens owned their homes as of 2022, making it the state with the lowest homeownership rates in the nation. The percentage of homeowners in New York City significantly drops, with only about 30% of its population having residential ownership. Slip-and-fall incidents on rental properties may be a major worry in New York due to the city's enormous renter population. Hazardous situations including damp or slippery surfaces, irregular surfaces like uneven flooring or loose carpets, poorly maintained steps, or insufficient illumination are to blame for the majority of slip-and-fall incidents. If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident on a rental property, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages.

To begin with, it is imperative that if you have suffered from a slip-and-fall accident to, seek medical attention as soon as possible even if your injuries seem minor. Avoiding medical treatment immediately may lead to worsened or exasperated injuries later on. Additionally, seeking medical attention will help you document your injuries, which may prove useful if you decide to pursue legal action. Injuries from slip-and-fall accidents may vary based on the height of the fall and other instances.  Bruises, contusions, soft tissue injuries that can restrict mobility, fractured and broken bones, head injuries, back and spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, and mental distress are the most common injuries associated with slip-and-fall incidents.

Being aware of slip-and-fall lawsuits is a must if you are a homeowner in New York who rents to tenants. It is the duty of the homeowner to maintain a safe environment for tenants, and homeowners can be held responsible for any injuries that may occur if they fail to do so. It is essential as a homeowner to take precautionary steps in order to safeguard yourself from slip-and-fall lawsuits. Regularly inspecting the property to look for any dangerous elements that could lead to a slip-and-fall, such as damaged stairs, flooring cracks, wet floors, or uneven flooring, is one important step to ensure a secure environment for tenants. Once the hazardous element is found, it must be quickly corrected, which may entail fixing cracked, broken, or damaged floors, placing a non-slip mat in wet areas, or providing tenants with notice of potential hazards such as signs or barricades to prevent access to any hazardous spaces. By taking these preventative measures, homeowners can minimize the risk of slip and fall accidents and protect themselves against potential legal action. 

The three-year statute of limitations in New York State for all personal injury claims makes it crucial to get in touch with an expert lawyer as soon as possible if you intend to file a lawsuit following a slip-and-fall incident. They can guide you throughout the entire legal process, helping you comprehend your legal rights and gauge the strength of your case.

If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident on a rental property, please contact us today for a free consultation at (516) 227- 2662.