Sidewalk accidents occur more often than you may think. And if you have been made victim to dangerous sidewalk conditions, continue reading to understand how an experienced Manhattan slip and fall lawyer at The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny can fight on your behalf to hold the responsible party accountable via a premises liability claim.
Who do I sue after being injured due to a dangerous sidewalk?
When property owners fail to ensure their sidewalks are safe, and you are injured as a result, they should be held accountable. With that being said, below are considered dangerous sidewalk conditions that leave passersby prone to an accident:
- Uncleared debris.
- Uneven pavement.
- Exposed tree roots.
- Sinking pavement.
- Wet pavement.
- Cracked pavement.
What should I do after being injured due to a dangerous sidewalk?
To hold the negligent property owner responsible, you must file a premises liability claim. To increase your chances of a successful case, you must satisfy the burden of proof. That is, you must prove that the negligent property owner directly caused your accident and injuries because they knew of, or reasonably should have known of, the dangerous sidewalk conditions and failed to take action to resolve them. And so, you should follow the below steps immediately following your accident:
- Call 911: after the police call for an ambulance and write an accident report, you should ask for a copy of this report.
- Capture the scene: take photos and videos of your injuries, damages, and dangerous conditions that caused your accident.
- Collect witness contact information: ask them if they took any photos and videos and if they are willing to provide witness testimony in your case.
- Seek medical treatment: get treated at the scene and schedule follow-up appointments. Afterward, you should retain copies of all medical documentation and bills.
- Contact our firm: reach out to a skilled New York City premises liability lawyer, and ask for assistance with collecting any remaining evidence, such as surveillance camera footage.
What is the statute of limitations for premises liability claims in New York City?
NYC has an established statute of limitations to file premises liability claims. Typically, this deadline is three years from the date of your accident. With this, it is crucial to comprehend that if you miss this deadline, you will likely lose the opportunity to file your claim, recover the compensation you deserve, hold the negligent property owner accountable, and overall bring justice to your situation. Contact one of our attorneys, who will be on your side to make sure that you meet all of your claims deadlines.
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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.