Bronx, NY – Is My Fall a Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall? What’s the Difference? - Personal Injury Lawyer Bronx NY- Feiner & Lavy, P.C.

May 10, 2023by Yaniv Lavy
Best Bronx personal injury law firm
Whether your fall was a slip and fall or trip and fall, you will need the best care to recover both physically and financially. Call Feiner & Lavy for a free case consultation. We are here to help you recover.

A common question we hear at the law offices of Feiner & Lavy is one about the terminology used to describe an accident.

“Was the fall where I was injured a slip and fall or a trip and fall?”

People use the terms synonymously, but they really aren’t one and the same. And the big difference is momentum. A trip and fall typically involves someone falling forward, while a slip and fall usually indicates someone falling sideways or backward. As the Occupational Safety and Health Administration puts it, there are “three physical factors involved in slips, trips and falls: friction, momentum, and gravity.” In a trip and fall, the victim’s foot hits “an object and you are moving with enough momentum to be thrown off balance.” However, a slip and fall results when there is “too little friction between your feet and the surface you walk on.”

As top personal injury lawyers in the Bronx, Feiner & Lavy know that the consequences of either can be catastrophic! Either can result in broken bones, soft tissue injuries and lacerations. In a trip and fall, severe facial injuries, broken teeth, shattered knees, broken wrists, or smashed elbows can result from falling forward. Even more severe injuries could occur if your fall led you to tumble down a set of stairs. When it comes to a slip and fall, things can look just as bad or even worse. Slipping and falling backward can result in head, neck or back injuries that can result in permanent disability. A fall to the side can cause someone to break their hip, an injury that could require hip replacement surgery that is expensive and where recovery, if possible, takes a long time.

This can lead to a radical change in your life. You may lose your job due to your injuries or need to find a new place to live, or worse – end up in a nursing home. What’s more, the surgery, even with insurance, can be expensive, and the physical rehabilitation that follows is very costly. In addition to this, there could be psychological trauma requiring therapy. At the end of the day, your pain and suffering and the loss in your quality of life can be dramatic.

These kinds of mishaps and the resulting physical injuries mean that you need to recover the maximum settlement from whomever negligently caused your injury. Feiner & Lavy is here for you and will see to it that you receive the injury settlement that you are entitled to.

We feel our client’s pain and know how difficult this process is on both the individual who has been injured and their family. We put our clients first, making sure you are taking care of your injuries while we initiate the legal process. We know that the legal work is confusing and can lead to stress, so we try to minimize the impact on our clients. We are confident we are the right firm because our clients have always been very satisfied with the work done by Feiner & Lavy.

Feiner & Lavy are the tough, respected Bronx lawyers you want in your corner. We know our neighbors, our borough and the courts, and that kind of local knowledge isn’t something you’ll get from a legal referral service or 800-number lawyer. And like many of our fellow New Yorkers, our firm is a blend of natives and immigrants, so your life experience will be personally familiar to our lawyers and staff. If you believe you have been injured due to the negligence of another, call us today at 212-393-9130 for a free consultation.


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