When snow and ice make a New York City sidewalk unsafe for pedestrians, some people will blame the weather. However, the law may hold the property owner accountable.
If you slipped and fell on an icy or snowy sidewalk, the property owner may be liable for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. At The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny in Manhattan, our attorneys represent New Yorkers who are injured on unsafe sidewalks. Call (646) 808-3785 for a free initial consultation.
Holding Property Owners Responsible
According to New York City code section 16-123, the owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of property abutting a paved sidewalk is required to remove ice or snow within four hours after the snow stops falling. If ice or snow freezes on the sidewalk and cannot be removed, the responsible person must cover it with a nonslip material such as sand until weather permits removal.
Property owners who fail to remove ice and snow may be fined. They are also liable for damages if a person is injured in a slip-and-fall accident. Damages in slip-and-fall accident cases are usually paid by homeowners insurance or general business liability insurance.
Many insurance companies, unfortunately, do not take slip-and-fall accidents seriously. However, slipping and falling on ice or snow can result in broken bones, ligament tears and other injuries that can affect you for several months. You may need to undergo an operation and endure a long and painful rehabilitation. An elderly person who suffers an injury in a fall may experience a decline in heath that robs him or her of the ability to lead an active life.
Our lawyers will force the insurance company to take your injuries seriously. We have recovered more than
$100 million in damages for New Yorkers who have been injured due to the negligence of others.
What if I slipped on ice on municipal property? If the city is responsible, our lawyers must file a notice of claim with the city within 90 days of your accident.
Schedule A Free Initial Consultation
To discuss your slip-and-fall accident with a lawyer at our firm, call (646) 808-3785 or complete our contact form.