A woman lived in a high-rise apartment building that was built in 1951. The apartment building was managed by a management corporation.
Sometime on April 28, 2004, the lady was throwing down her garbage into the garbage chute inside the trash closet of her floor. The rule in the building was that tenants should make sure that all their trash be pushed down the chute while all recyclables should be brought down to the basement. On that day, the woman went inside the trash closet and saw a garbage bag that contained aluminum beer cans and soap containers. A New York Injury Lawyer said that as she entered the trash closet, she had a slip and fall. When she got up, she looked at the place where she had her slip and fall and saw that a sticky and slippery substance was on the floor next to the garbage bag containing the recyclables.
The woman testified in her deposition. She said that in the trash closet, there was a sign that tells the tenants not to leave their recyclables in the trash closet and instead, to bring it directly down to the basement. She also testified that before her accident, she did not complain about garbage being left in the trash closet or that the floor was ever slippery or sticky.