Can I Sue the City for a Sidewalk Slip & Fall Accident?

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Can I Sue the City for a Sidewalk Slip & Fall Accident?

Slipping and falling on a New York City sidewalk can be a jarring experience. Suddenly, you’re on the ground, bewildered, possibly injured, with a mind swirling with questions. The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny is deeply familiar with the maze of regulations that can impact your ability to sue the city for such an accident. Understanding your rights is paramount. Please continue reading and reach out to a dedicated NYC personal injury lawyer from our firm to learn more about sidewalk slip and fall accidents and so we can get started working on your case. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Who Is Responsible for Maintaining Sidewalk Conditions in NYC?

Responsibility can be a complex weave of obligations. In New York City, property owners generally bear the duty of maintaining adjacent sidewalks. Nonetheless, exceptions exist, particularly when it comes to municipal properties. Identifying the liable party requires an adept understanding of NYC’s administrative code. Attorneys at The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny are skilled in navigating these intricacies.

What Are the Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall?

Immediate action is essential. First, seek medical attention for your injuries; health comes before all else. Documenting the scene with photos can significantly bolster your case. Gather witness contact information. Report the incident to the property owner or manager, but be wary of detailed statements or admissions. Subsequently, contacting a competent attorney should be your next move. The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny provides comprehensive legal counsel that can guide you through the often daunting process that follows a slip and fall.

How Can I Strengthen My Case Against the City?

Timeliness is crucial in these cases. New York has stringent notice requirements; you must file a claim within 90 days of the incident. Your legal team must investigate promptly, gathering evidence to build a compelling case. Maintenance records, weather reports, and expert testimonies can be pivotal. The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny meticulously assembles the necessary documentation to substantiate your claim.

In every sidewalk slip and fall case, the details matter. Precise conditions of the sidewalk at the time of your fall require thorough examination. A history of complaints or previous accidents in the same spot can work in your favor. Our attorneys will tirelessly work to uncover such details that are often critical to the success of your claim.

Suing a municipality, such as the City of New York, introduces additional legal hurdles. Special laws protect the city from lawsuits, setting higher thresholds for claimants. The concept of “prior written notice” often comes into play, where the city must have been formally notified of the dangerous condition before the accident. Proving this can be a formidable challenge.

Representation by The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny means partnership with a firm that understands the stakes. We’re committed to advocating for the injured with vigor and a strategic approach. Each slip and fall incident tells a unique story; we’re here to ensure yours is heard and acted upon.

CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED NEW YORK CITY FIRM

Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, call 866-886-0892 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to financial compensation, which can help you on your road to recovery.

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