Property owners are responsible for keeping their sidewalks safe for all passersby. Unfortunately, they do not always live up to this responsibility, and if you’ve been hurt because of unsafe sidewalk conditions, our New York City sidewalk accident lawyer is here to help. Contact the Law Office of James Trainor, P.C. today.
Should I Hire a New York City Sidewalk Accident Lawyer?
Sidewalk accidents often happen seemingly out of nowhere, leaving slip and fall accident victims feeling jarred and often severely injured. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, you can rely on our New York City slip and fall lawyer to guide you through the claims process ahead.
Causes of Sidewalk Accidents
As you can imagine, there are several ways in which sidewalks can quickly become very dangerous. Some of the most common causes of sidewalk accidents that we’ve seen in the past include the following:
- Misleveled sidewalk flags
- Cracked sidewalks
- Slippery surfaces
- Uneven sidewalks
- Exposed tree roots
- Debris on the sidewalk left uncleared
- Weather-related hazards, such as snow or ice, left uncleared
Time Limit for Snow Removal in NYC
Since one of the most common causes of sidewalk accidents is weather-related hazards being left unattended, all residents of New York City should know and understand their legal obligations. For example, New York City code section 16-123 states that the owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, or another person who owns property abutting a paved sidewalk is required to remove ice or snow within four hours after the snow stops falling (this does not apply if the snow stops anywhere between 9 pm and 7 am). That being said, if the ice is so compact that it cannot be cleared away, then the property owner must use rock salt or another non-slippery material, such as sand, to help break the snow down until it is ready to clear away.
As long as we can gather and present sufficient evidence to prove that your injury was directly caused by another person’s negligence, we should recover the financial compensation you require to heal. To prove your claim, we will use witness testimony, pictures/videos of your accident, police reports, medical documents, and more. If we’re successful, you should receive financial compensation for any economic or non-economic damages you’ve sustained as a result of your accident. Our New York City sidewalk accident lawyer is on your side.
Contact a New York City Sidewalk Accident Lawyer
Sidewalk accident victims have a lot to think about, namely how they’re going to pay for their medical bills, among other expenses, on their own. Fortunately, with us on your side, you are not alone. Contact the Law Office of James Trainor, P.C. today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.