New Yorkers are all too familiar with the harsh winters we face. As the winter months approach, there is a far greater chance for slip and fall accidents to occur due to snowy and icy conditions. If you are someone who has been injured in a snow and ice accident, you may be seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost current or future wages, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common causes of snow and ice accidents?
There are several ways in which snow and ice can pose potential safety risks. For example, some of the most common causes of snow and ice accidents are unshoveled or unsalted driveways, walkways, and steps, slippery handrails, or icicles left hanging, that may snap off at any given moment.
How do I know if I qualify for financial compensation after a snow or ice accident?
To qualify for financial compensation, you will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, when it comes to snow removal in New York, there are very specific rules in place regarding a property owner’s responsibility. Essentially, in New York, property owners must salt and shovel their walkways, steps, and sidewalks within four hours if the snow stops during daylight hours between 7:00 a.m. and 4:59 p.m. If you were injured after this window of time elapsed because a property owner failed to remove any hazardous conditions, you will most likely qualify for compensation. However, it is always best to hire an experienced attorney who knows how to gather and present evidence as effectively as possible.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State?
The statute of limitations is the legally acceptable window of time individuals have to take legal action against another party. In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years, which means you have three years from the date of your accident to pursue legal action against the negligent property owner. If you wait any longer than three years, you will be denied your right to sue. This is not acceptable. The sooner you reach out to our seasoned firm, the sooner we can get the claims process started. We are ready to help.
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 212-421-0300 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.