More than 2 million people are injured due to a slip, trip and fall accident in the USA very year. Slip and falls are the # 2 leading cause of injuries in the US, and the # 1 cause of accidents in homes, hotels, restaurants and public buildings.  People fall and become seriously harmed every day because of unsafe walking surfaces. Landlords frequently choose to violate safety rules, and their failure to properly maintain walking surfaces causes countless injuries and deaths.
 Safety is no accident.

If you have been injured in a slip, trip or fall accident because of unsafe conditions, you need a New York slip and fall lawyer to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

The lawyers at Sonin and Genis have years of experience handling slip and fall cases, and are dedicated to prosecuting the responsible parties to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a slip, trip and fall accident, you need a Sonin & Genis personal injury lawyer fighting for your best interests.  We are proud that one of our verdicts in a personal injury case was written up as one of the top jury verdicts of the year in the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New York Magazine, and ALM Verdictsearch.


Slip, trip and fall accidents are negligently caused by dangerous or defective conditions, such as:

  • Defective sidewalks that are chipped, cracked, broken, depressed or uneven
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Poor visibility
  • Improper step or ramp geometry
  • defective stairs that are chipped, cracked, broken, depressed or uneven
  • Missing or inadequate handrails
  • Defective floors, landings,  hallways that are chipped, cracked, broken, depressed or uneven
  • Wet floors
  • Slippery floors
  • Inadequate or improperly secured mats and rugs
  • Inadequate warnings
  • Failure to adequately color code and differentiate steps and differences in height
  • defective escalators and elevators
  • failure to properly and promptly clear Snow and ice, place sand, ash, salt or chemicals to melt snow and ice
  • failure to properly and promptly place and install barriers or barricades
  • open and dangerous trap doors and open cellar pits
  • improper construction, excavation, renovation, alterations or demolition
  • inadequate backfilling
  • failure to properly ramp metal plates

It is the responsibility of the property owner to make and keep the premises safe. The owner or its agents and employees should perform routine safety inspections, and is or should be aware of a potentially unsafe condition. If the owner is or should be aware of a potentially unsafe condition and chooses to fail to take proper action to fix the problem, and needlessly exposes members of our community to unnecessary harms, it is liable for all damages or injuries that occur.

But sometimes it can be difficult to prove who is responsible for a slip, trip and fall accident: whether it  is the landlord, the managing agent, an independent contractor or someone else, but our expert personal injury lawyers have won multimillion dollar settlements for slip, trip and fall victims.

At Sonin & Genis, Esqs., our New York Slip, trip and fall lawyers know how to properly investigate the facts, identify the responsible parties, gather evidence, and research the applicable law and standards, such as the NYC Administrative Code (19-152, and Title 27), Building Codes, Housing Maintenance Code, Multiple Dwelling Law (Section 78, 80 and others), ANSI [A1264.2-2006, A1264.3-2007], ASME, ASTM [F1679, F1637], National Safety Council, OSHA [29 CFR 1910-22], NFPA [A., A.], Center for Disease Control, Americans with Disabilities Act, NIOSH, BLS, ASSE, and other safety and engineering standards and principles, to get you the justice you deserve.


The hazardous conditions that cause slip, trip and fall accidents result in serious injuries such as death, coma, Traumatic Brain Injuries, spine injuries, paralysis, broken bones, fractures, damages to discs, nerves, muscles and tissues in the spine, to joints and their tendons, ligaments, nerves and cartilage – especially vulnerable joints like knees, shoulders, wrists, feet, ankles and elbows. Protruding, bulging or herniated discs can be disabling. Other disabling injuries include: torn rotator cuffs to shoulders, torn meniscus and chondromalacia to knees, carpal tunnel syndrome to wrists, and other injuries.

Trauma to joints can cause or aggravate painful and disabling arthritis and degenerative joint disease. Surgery may help but not cure these injuries. Recovering from these life-altering injuries is not only painful; it requires costly and time-consuming medical treatment, doctor visits and rehabilitation. Costly medical treatment and doctors visits are required to treat these injuries.

Victims are often temporarily or permanently unable to work, or work with difficulty, limitations or restrictions and may have a diminished work life and diminished earnings because of their injuries.

Our New York slip and fall lawyers are skilled at effectively dealing with negligent property and business owners to win the full compensation our clients need.

You need a lawyer that understands and knows the medicine, engineering and biomechanics of injury and is able to educate and teach a jury the significance and permanent consequences of these harms and losses, so that a fair jury can provide the helps and fixes that justice requires. You need a lawyer that has the knowledge and ability to successfully cross-examine the stable of defense doctors and litigation experts that the insurance companies routinely rely on to deny liability, causation and damages to deprive injured people their fair compensation.

We have an excellent medical, forensic and engineering reference library.  We read and research medical and other journals regularly.  Our lawyers have taught Continuing Legal Education Classes and published articles on handling these types of cases and these issues.  Our knowledge, hard work and skill have enabled us to win many significant verdicts on behalf of our clients.

You have legal rights regarding your safety and well-being. Slip, trip and fall injuries can be caused by avoidable conditions that our lawyers will recognize and use to aggressively pursue the responsible parties. At Sonin & Genis, we are determined to get justice, so you can concentrate on a full recovery.

It’s important to act quickly. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by negligence involving premises, buildings, grounds and their sidewalks, that is owned, operated or funded by the City, such as Housing Preservation & Development [HPD] or the Department of Education, a County, a Public Authority, such as the New York City Housing Authority [NYCHA], the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation [NYCH&HC], the Metropolitan Transportation Authority [MTA], New York City Transit Authority [NYCTA], Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority [MABSTOA], Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit Authority, Port Authority of NY & NJ, New York Sports Authority (or countless other public entities), the State or Federal government – a Notice of Claim is usually required, a legal document that explains your claim, and must usually be prepared by your attorneys and served on the municipality within 90 days of injury, and sometimes even sooner. Some private entities receive federal funds, and a claim must be filed with the federal government. Because wherever possible records must be obtained and reviewed before the Notice of Claim is prepared and filed, time is of the essence and it is vital that you act quickly!

At Sonin & Genis, we know that you have more important things to worry about than getting records and preparing and filing legal documents, so we take of everything so that you can focus on taking care of your family, so call the experienced New York Slip, Trip and Fall lawyers at Sonin & Genis.

There are short Statutes of Limitations within which to commence a lawsuit to protect your rights, so it is important to act quickly!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip, trip and fall accident, call Sonin & Genis (718-561-4444) to speak to an expert New York slip and fall lawyer today.

*Sonin & Genis has taught CLE classes on slip, trip, and fall accident cases