All New Yorkers should know about the various slip-and-fall hazards and how to work around them. That way, they can avoid accidents. Slip and falls occur most frequently from December to February when slippery ice is more prevalent. However, other common causes include liquids or grease on the floor, unsafe use of scaffolding or ladders and poorly lit stairs. Most falls are from the same level.

Even falling from a couple feet can result in major injuries. Slip-and-fall injuries can include sprains and strain, bruises and contusions and broken bones and concussions. By following a few tips, however, people can reduce slip-and-fall risks.

No matter the work industry, everyone should wear well-fitting and slip-resistant shoes at work. People should also refrain from texting while walking or doing anything else that will distract them from what’s in front of them.

It’s important to take note of walkway hazards like mats and carpets that do not lie flat. Cords should be either removed or taped in place. On icy surfaces, individuals should walk like a penguin would. Lastly, people should never improvise in unsafe ways. For example, it’s better to use a footstool or ladder to grab something up high than boxes or chairs.

In the event of a slip-and-fall accident, victims should consider the property owner’s duty of care. This depends on whether the victim was a licensee, invitee or trespasser. A premises liability attorney can determine these and hire investigators to show just how the owner breached the duty of care. The victim can leave it to their attorney to negotiate for a settlement.