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Slip-and-fall accidents happen because of negligence

You had a busy morning and it was your goal to get back to your hotel as fast as possible. You're in town for a short time, so you want to make sure you get to see as much of New York as you can. Sadly, as you walked into your hotel, you slid on the wet ground in the entrance. The tile, wet from melting snow, wasn't marked, and you fell, hard.

The next thing you knew, you were heading to the hospital with a concussion and other injuries. Now, your time in the city is primarily focused on your recovery, and you don't know when you'll be back on the job.

Slip-and-fall accidents like this one could be the responsibility of a business owner. It's important that business owners understand the risks their patrons face and take steps to help them avoid them. In your case, a simple sign stating that the floor was wet along with a nonslip mat could have prevented the entire incident.

How does a court determine liability?

The law indicates that the business could be held liable in a slip-and-fall case if the owner was or should have been aware of the conditions and taken steps to repair or eliminate them. For instance, if it's raining outside, any regular person would understand that there was a risk for slipping and falling on wet tiles. Business owners should, in that situation, take steps to eliminate slick surfaces where their customers could fall. This protects them against liability.

What should you do after you fall?

Immediately after a fall, you should take the time to get medical care. Your health is the most important matter in this situation. Next, reach out to the business owner to let him or her know that you fell on his or her property. Your attorney can then help you prepare a claim.

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