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Washington Heights Slip and Fall Accident Attorney

Falls, either as a result of tripping, slipping or other reasons, are some of the most common types of accidents causing injuries. If you are injured on a sidewalk, street, school – or other city-owned premises owned or maintained by a municipality, (city, village or town) special guidelines apply. When making a claim against a municipality it is generally required to give written notice of the claim within ninety (90) days after the accident. 

This notice of claim process has very specific requirements including the date and time of the accident, the manner in which it occurred, the exact location and the nature of the injuries sustained. Additionally, sometimes the condition which caused the accident is changed or fixed soon after the accident takes place. As such, we will immediately go to the scene of the accident in Washington Heights, take photos and gather any evidence needed to pursue the claim.

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Common causes of slip/trip and fall accidents in Washington Heights include:

  • Broken, cracked or an uneven sidewalk
  • Broken, cracked or uneven tiles in a building or store
  • Carpets/mats not flush to the ground or not properly secured
  • Water or other liquid substances creating a slippery floor
  • Merchandise on the floor of a store or sticking out of a shelf causing a tripping hazard
  • Leaking pipes, ceilings or radiators creating a slippery condition
  • Missing lighting or broken light fixtures in a stairway or hallway
  • Failing to put up signs to warn people of slippery or broken floors

Call us immediately so that the proper claim can be filed in time.

What To Do If You Have a Slip, Trip and Fall Accident

There are many different roles an attorney can play in the management of a successful personal injury claim, but it is up to you to retain a lawyer sooner rather than later. Kerner Law Group, P.C. is here for you when it seems impossible to figure out how to move forward after your accident.
Questions About Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents
What are some locations where trip/slip and falls occur?

Slip, Trip and Fall accidents typically occur when unsafe conditions cause a person to slip or trip and fall. Falls can occur indoors or outdoors, and they can happen anywhere. Department stores, banks, hotels, theaters, buildings, stairs, grocery stores, train stations and sidewalks are among the numerous places slip, trip and fall accidents can occur.

What do you need to prove legally to win a trip/slip and fall action?

In order to win a Slip, Trip & Fall case, an injured person must prove that the building owner or its agents were negligent and that they failed to do something they should have done, or, did something that they should not have done and this negligence was a substantial factor in causing that person’s injuries. Often people will tell us that they slipped on a wet condition in a building. The law requires that we prove notice of a dangerous condition or show that the condition existed for such a long time that the building super, store owner or management should have known about it and made the area safe.

In many cases the property owner can be held responsible for negligence if he or she failed to maintain the property in a safe condition. Many Slip, Trip and Fall accidents happen on property owned by a city, company or individual.

These entities have a duty to ensure that their premises are safe. Dangerous conditions that can cause someone to slip, trip and fall include broken or uneven flooring; slipping on wet floors; poorly lit areas; broken, loose or missing handrails and snow and ice. Seen or unseen dangers such as disrepair, poor maintenance, debris or potholes can cause a Slip, Trip and Fall injury.

Are my hospital or medical bills covered by the building’s insurance company?

If you are injured in a building or store there are certain circumstances where the insurance company for the building or store can cover your medical expenses. However, in most cases the insurance company will want you to waive your claim to a personal injury lawsuit.

What should I do if I tripped on something broken or slipped on a wet surface?

Slip, Trip & Fall accidents can be very difficult to prove, and property owners will do anything to avoid responsibility for the harm that has come to you. Since many of the conditions that lead to slip, trip and fall injuries can be quickly repaired or cleaned up after an accident it is important to immediately take photographs of the accident location. Many people have cell phones with a camera. This can be used immediately at the time of the accident if you are able to do so.

Also, if you are in a store or other commercial locations, you should request that you speak with the manager of the store and have them complete an accident/incident report. Make sure you ask for a copy of the report.

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Why Choose Our Law Firm

Kerner Law Group, P.C. has a track record of representing clients who have been hurt due to negligence or preventable accidents. Having a comprehensive investigation of the accident scene immediately after it happens is crucial for identifying a long-term strategy for protecting you. Our  law firm can help you with many different aspects of your claim including:

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  • Reviewing your paperwork.
  • Filing the initial legal claim against the insurance company.
  • Helping you if you have been denied.
  • Assisting you with recovering full and fair compensation for the injuries you have sustained.

Hiring an attorney you trust with your case is about more than just finding a lawyer with experience. For aggressive and caring representation, put Kerner Law Group, P.C. on your side today!

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About Washington Heights

About Things To Do in Washington Heights Manhattan

Washington Heights is located in the county of New York, which is in the state of New York.

  • Population (approx.): 153,000
  • Geo coordinates: 40.8417°N, 73.9394°W

Washington Heights is a neighborhood in the uppermost part of the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is named for Fort Washington, a fortification constructed at the highest natural point on Manhattan Island by Continental Army troops to defend the area from the British forces during the American Revolutionary War. Washington Heights is bordered by Inwood to the north along Dyckman Street, by Harlem to the south along 155th Street, by the Harlem River and Coogan’s Bluff to the east, and by the Hudson River to the west. Washington Heights, which before the 20th century was sparsely populated by luxurious mansions and single-family homes, rapidly developed during the early 1900s as it became connected to the rest of Manhattan via the A, C, and 1 subway lines. Beginning as a middle-class neighborhood with many Irish and Eastern European immigrants, the neighborhood has at various points been home to communities of German Jews, Greek Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Russian Americans. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, White residents began to leave the neighborhood for nearby suburbs as the Black and Latino populations increased. Dominican Americans became the dominant group by the 1980s despite facing economic difficulties, leading the neighborhood to its status in the 21st century as the most prominent Dominican community in the United States. While crime became a serious issue during the crack cocaine crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, in the 2000s Washington Heights became a much safer community and began to experience some upward mobility as well as gentrification. Washington Heights is set apart among Manhattan neighborhoods for its high residential density despite the lack of modern construction, with the majority of its few high-rise buildings belonging to the NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Other higher education institutions include Yeshiva University and Boricua College. The neighborhood has generous access to green space in Fort Washington Park, Highbridge Park, and Fort Tryon Park, home to the historical landmarks the Little Red Lighthouse, the High Bridge Water Tower, and the Cloisters respectively. Other points of interest include Audubon Terrace, the Morris–Jumel Mansion, the United Palace, the Audubon Ballroom, and the Fort Washington Avenue Armory. Washington Heights is part of Manhattan Community District 12, and its primary ZIP Codes are 10032, 10033, and 10040. It is served by the 33rd and 34th Precincts of the New York City Police Department and Engine Companies 67, 84, and 93 of the New York City Fire Department. Politically, it is part of the New York City Council’s 7th and 10th districts.

Airports Rail and Roads in Washington Heights Manhattan


  • Eleventh Avenue (Manhattan)
  • Lenox Avenue
  • Third Avenue
  • Tenth Avenue (Manhattan)
  • Audubon Avenue
  • Fort Washington Avenue
  • Catalonia
  • Trans-Manhattan Expressway
  • Interstate 95
  • Cabrini Boulevard
  • Cross Bronx Expressway
  • Harlem River Drive
  • Henry Hudson Parkway
  • New York State Route 9A
  • 155th Street (Manhattan)
  • St. Nicholas Avenue
  • 125th Street (Manhattan)
  • Seventh Avenue (Manhattan)

Bodies of Water

  • Hudson River
  • Hudson

Nearby Airports

  • John F. Kennedy Airport
Zoos and Parks in Washington Heights Manhattan


  • Holcombe Rucker Park which is on 280 West 155th Street, New York.
  • Fort Washington Park which is on Hudson River Greenway, New York.
  • Mullaly Park which is on 1055 Jerome Avenue, Bronx.
  • Bennett Park which is on W 183rd St &, Fort Washington Avenue, New York.
  • Highbridge Park which is on W 190th St &, Amsterdam Avenue, New York.
  • J. Hood Wright Park which is on W. 173 St &, Haven Avenue, New York.
  • Macombs Dam Park which is on E. 157 St &, West 161st Street, Bronx.
  • Jackie Robinson Recreation Center which is on 85 Bradhurst Avenue, New York.
  • Bridge Park which is on Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx.
  • Lily Brown Playground which is on 915 Riverside Drive, New York.


  • Morris-Jumel Mansion which is on 65 Jumel Terrace, New York.
  • Hispanic Society Museum & Library which is on 613 West 155th Street, New York.
  • The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center which is on 3940 Broadway, New York.
  • Children’s Cultural Center of Native America which is on 550 West 155th Street, New York.
  • Monumento Héroes De Guerra which is on 3980 Broadway, New York.
  • Ruben M which is on 177 Fort Washington Avenue, New York.
  • QUEENSBORO COMMERCIAL QUALITY CORP which is on W 167th St, Bronx.
  • Nelson Avenue Graffiti Art Wall which is on 1100-1168 Nelson Avenue, Bronx.
  • Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling which is on 898 Saint Nicholas Avenue, New York.
  • Freemans Alley which is on 321 Edgecombe Avenue, New York.
Nearby Towns to Washington Heights Manhattan

Nearby Towns and Suburbs

  • Fort Lee is 1 mile to the west.
  • Inwood is 1 mile to the north.
  • Tremont is 1 mile to the east.
  • Morrisania is 1 mile to the south-east.
  • Melrose is 1 mile to the south-east.
  • University Heights is 2 miles to the north-east.
  • Edgewater is 2 miles to the south-west.
  • Harlem is 2 miles to the south.
  • Fordham is 2 miles to the north-east.
  • Morningside Heights is 2 miles to the south-west.
  • East Tremont is 2 miles to the east.
  • Cliffside Park is 2 miles to the south-west.
  • Leonia is 2 miles to the north-west.
  • Spuyten Duyvil is 2 miles to the north-east.
  • Palisades Park is 3 miles to the west.
  • Englewood Cliffs is 3 miles to the north.
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Washington Heights New York, NY, USA

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