Slip and Fall or Trip and Fall?

Our Bronx and Brooklyn Accident Lawyer Explains the Difference

Slip and falls and trip and falls have the same result but different causes. In this video, Brooklyn and Bronx injury lawyer Steven Wildstein describes the difference between a slip and fall accident and a trip and fall accident. If you were injured in a slip or trip and fall, contact our office today for a free consultation.

Video Transcript

Legally, there’s no difference, but slip and fall usually refers to slipping on some sort of slippery substance like a greasy substance or something like that. It could be the proverbial banana peal. That would be slippery. You wouldn’t say you tripped on a banana peel. You’d say you slipped on a banana peel. You wouldn’t say you slip on a broken sidewalk.

Let’s say there’s a hole in the middle of the sidewalk, a raised sidewalk that you kick the difference in height and you fall down. That you’d say you tripped because that’s more of a permanent thing that you’re tripping on. Slipping is more of a transient, temporary condition like a banana peel or a greasy staircase. Legally you have the same legal rights on both. It doesn’t matter which of the two it is. It’s really just a matter of how they’re defined, the words; the way they use slip and fall or trip and fall, but they’re the same thing legally.

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