Sidewalk Trip and Fall Accidents in New York City: What You Need to Know

Trip and fall accidents on sidewalks are a common occurrence in urban areas like New York City, often resulting in injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to severe fractures and head trauma. The expenses relating to treating these injuries and recovering from them can add up very quickly. It is important to understand the factors including negligence (carelessness) that led to your injury accident and who may be held liable in order to protect your legal rights and pursue monetary compensation for your losses.

Common Causes of Sidewalk Trip and Fall Accidents

Slip and Fall Injury LawyerHere are some of the most common causes of sidewalk trip and fall accidents in New York:

  • Uneven pavement: Sidewalks can deteriorate over time due to factors such as weathering, tree roots, or improper maintenance, leading to uneven surfaces that increase the risk of tripping.
  • Cracks and holes: Small cracks and potholes in sidewalks may seem minor but can easily catch a pedestrian’s foot, causing them to trip and fall.
  • Debris and obstacles: Construction debris, fallen branches, trash, or other obstacles left on sidewalks can create hazards for pedestrians, especially if they are not easily visible.
  • Weather conditions: Snow, ice, rain, or even leaves can make sidewalks slippery and increase the likelihood of slipping and falling.
  • Poor lighting: Inadequate lighting on sidewalks, especially during nighttime, can obscure hazards and make it difficult for pedestrians to see where they are walking.

Liability for Sidewalk Trip and Fall Accidents

In New York City, property owners/managers are generally responsible for maintaining the sidewalk in front of their premises in a safe condition. This includes repairing cracks, removing debris, and addressing any hazards that could cause trip and fall accidents. To hold a property owner/manager liable for a trip and fall accident on a sidewalk, the injured party typically needs to prove that the owner (or property manager) had notice of the hazardous condition and failed to take reasonable steps to address it within a reasonable timeframe.

In some cases, if the trip and fall accident occurred due to a defect in the sidewalk itself, such as a large crack or uneven pavement, the city may be held liable for negligence (carelessness) in sidewalk maintenance. However, there are specific requirements and limitations for bringing claims against the city for sidewalk defects.

Property owners/managers should routinely inspect their sidewalks for any signs of damage, such as cracks, holes, or uneven surfaces, and promptly repair any hazards to prevent trip and fall accidents. Property owners/managers should also regularly clear debris, snow, ice, and other obstacles from sidewalks to ensure safe passage for pedestrians. Adequate lighting along sidewalks can improve visibility and help pedestrians identify potential hazards, reducing the risk of trip and fall accidents, especially during nighttime.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

Property owners and/or property managers may be liable for sidewalk accidents. If you were involved in a sidewalk trip and fall accident as a result of someone else’s negligence (carelessness), please remember that you have rights. Some of the damages that victims of such accidents can claim include, but are not limited to, medical expenses, loss of wages and benefits, cost of hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, past and future pain and suffering, permanent injury, etc.

The experienced New York personal injury attorneys with the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you. For over 52 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses.

Our law firm recovered $1,700,000 for a woman who slipped and fell and received no hospital or medical treatment for one month after the accident. We recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and $2,000,000 in a hit-and-run accident, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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