A property owner has a legal duty to maintain his, her or its property in a reasonably safe condition. Most premises liability cases involve slip or trip and falls on someone’s property who has failed to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition.

If you are injured on someone else’s property due to a dangerous or defective condition you may have a claim against the owner or operator of the property for negligence. Whether your accident is due to a slippery condition such as a wet floor or a broken step on a staircase which caused you to fall, you should consult the law office of Popick & Rutman to discuss your case. We have successfully handled thousands of slip or trip and fall and other premises liability cases over our three decades of practice. The consultation is free, there is no obligation and there is no fee if there is no recovery.


I want to thank Rick Rutman and the law firm for continuing to help me years after my case was settled. I was an infant when my case was resolved. My infant's compromised check was inappropriately cashed. Years later, Mr Rutman helped me discover what happened to the check and fight with the bank that wrongfully cashed the check. The bank refused to reimburse me for improperly cashing the check. He wrote letters to the bank, called them and then made a complaint to the federal agency in charge of overseeing the bank. The bank finally gave up and issued me the check. Mr. Rutman did not charge me anything at all for this extra work he performed. He did it because it was the right thing to do.
Marcel B.
I highly recommend Rick Rutman and Popick & Rutman. I was referred to the law firm by a family friend. I was hurt in a demolition accident. The building I was working on collapsed. The law firm helped me every step of the way including finding the right medical specialists, the workers compensation attorneys and litigating the case. The case settled for 7 figures. Rick Rutman explained every step of the procedure with me, kept me informed of what was going on and obtained a great resolution without having to go to trial.
I was very  satisfied with the way Mr. Rutman represented me and my case.  From the start, he was very accommodating and drove to New Jersey to meet me.  He helped me find medical providers, he helped me obtain lost wages and he even helped me obtain a loan through a funding company.  On the other side, the defendant did everything they could to delay the case.  But Mr. Rutman stayed focused on my case. I found Mr. Rutman to be patient and seasoned. I was worried that the insurance company big wigs had more resources than we did but Mr. Rutman was a silent killer. I was truly impressed. I also appreciated the fact that Mr. Rutman broke down attorney jargon for me in layman's terms.  The case went to mediation and all the other passengers who made a claim settled at the mediation.  But Mr. Rutman told me that my offer was not enough and we did not settle.  Mr. Rutman traveled to California to do a videotaped deposition of my treating doctor to prepare for trial. The case was eventually resolved after jury selection for an amount more than double of what was offered at the mediation. Mr. Rutman and the law firm made me feel at ease and that my family & I could trust them.  The law office team was personable and always easy to reach.  I highly recommend Popick & Rutman.
-Thalia E.  (a client who sustained multiple fractures and other injuries while a passenger on a bus)
I was a construction worker hurt on the job while building the Second Avenue Subway. Initially, another attorney told me that I only had a workers compensation case and rejected my personal injury case. I was referred to Mr. Rutman by a friend whose case Mr. Rutman settled several years ago. Mr. Rutman settled my case for an amount I am extremely satisfied with, even though I came to him after the time to file a notice of claim had passed. He also got the workers compensation lien waived as part of the settlement. I would definitely recommend them to family and friends.
Luciano F.
I tripped and fell on the sidewalk and hurt my knee. They came to my house and Mr. Rutman took the time to answer all of my questions. In the beginning, I felt a lot of frustrations with the lawsuit process because I didn't know what to expect. but then they explained it to me step by step. I felt comfortable knowing that they were on my side looking out for me. The office staff was easy to deal with. They were very friendly, helpful and pleasant. They kept me informed of what was going on. The translators on their staff were good as well. They settled my case and I am very happy with the resolution. I would highly recommend them.
I slipped and fell in a supermarket while making a delivery. I did not report the accident to the manager, there was no accident report and I did not go to the emergency room. Initially, the insurance company for the supermarket did not want to pay for anything, claiming that there was no proof the accident happened, but Rick Rutman got the insurance company to pay six figures and got my workers compensation lien reduced. Everyone in the office was very helpful and friendly. I would definitely recommend Popick & Rutman to anyone who needs a good lawyer.
Shun Y

Some of the most common conditions that cause somebody to slip or trip are

  • Wet or slippery floor, ramp or steps
  • Cracked or broken pavement, floor or steps
  • Uneven, cracked or broken sidewalk.
  • Ice or snow on the sidewalk, parking lot, walkway or driveway.
  • Defective staircase
  • Debris on the floor or steps

Premises liability cases can take place at numerous venues. Whether you’re in somebody’s home, an office building or in a shopping area, accidents happen when the owner of the property fails to keep the premises in a safe condition. The most common places where slip or trip and falls occur on someone else’s property are in (a)

  • Private home
  • Apartment building
  • Office building
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Hotels and motels
  • Shopping malls and stores
  • Parking lots
  • Supermarkets
  • Sidewalks

Popick & Rutman represents clients who suffered injuries on all types of property. If you or someone you know was injured due to similar conditions as outlined above, call us at (718) 321-7460. We are here to answer your questions and to help you get the monetary damages you deserve.