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Walkway debris and fall-related injuries

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2024 | Slip-and-Fall Accidents

If you have suffered an injury from falling down on a walkway due to a negligent property owner failing to address debris, you are not alone. Debris on walkways can create dangerous conditions that increase the risk of accidents and serious injuries.

It is important to understand how neglected debris can lead to falls and go over ways to protect yourself and others from such incidents.

Debris and pedestrian falls

When property owners do not take the necessary steps to clear debris from walkways, they are putting pedestrians at risk of tripping, slipping or falling. Debris such as leaves, branches or trash can obstruct the path and make it challenging for people to walk safely. If you have experienced a fall due to debris on a walkway, you understand firsthand the pain and disruption it can cause in your life.

One of the main reasons debris on walkways leads to serious injuries is the element of surprise. Debris may blend into the surroundings, making it difficult for pedestrians to notice and avoid. This lack of visibility increases the chances of someone tripping over the debris and falling down, potentially resulting in injuries like sprains, fractures or head trauma. According to the Department of Health, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalization in New York for young people between 0 and 14 as well as those 25 and over.

Walkway safety

It is vital to raise awareness about the dangers of neglected debris on walkways to prevent others from experiencing similar accidents. To protect yourself and others from falling due to debris on walkways, there are steps you can take. If you encounter debris on a walkway, try to navigate around it cautiously or alert the property owner or relevant authorities about the hazard. Additionally, if you have suffered an injury from a fall caused by neglected debris on a walkway, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Document your injuries and the circumstances of the accident.

Remember, your safety matters, and advocating for safer walkways benefits everyone in the community.