New York Sidewalk Accident Lawyer
Defective and unmaintained sidewalks create dangerous conditions that commonly cause people all over the city to slip, fall, and suffer an injury. When people slip-and-fall on sidewalks, their injuries can be serious and can require expensive medical treatment. Additionally, these sidewalk injuries may prevent victims from being able to work, which in turn can cause them to lose much-needed wages. You need an experienced New York City Sidewalk Accident Lawyer on your side to help you.
Filing an accurate and timely claim is essential to receiving the compensation that sidewalk accident victims deserve, but knowing how or who to sue can be complicated. Laws in New York regarding liability for poor sidewalk conditions are anything but straightforward and there can be very short deadlines for filing claims depending on whom you can sue.
Hiring an experienced attorney to file the claims and advocate on your behalf greatly increases your chances of a successful outcome and anyone who is injured in a sidewalk accident should seriously consider calling a sidewalk injury lawyer right away.
The lawyers at Munawar & Andrews Santillo LLP (‘Mlawfirm’) are highly experienced trial attorneys who know how to navigate the claims process and stand up against the City and building owner attorneys who will do everything they can to have your claim denied. Our attorneys work tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they deserve to cover their medical bills and lost wages, as well as any other money damages they may be owed. If you or a family member has suffered an injury while do to a slip-and-fall on a sidewalk, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers at (212)-400-4000 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a FREE CONSULTATION.
Sidewalks across the city are in disrepair, and the following conditions commonly lead to slip-and-fall sidewalk injuries:
- Part of the sidewalk is cracked or missing.
- The sidewalk is uneven and sticks up so that it is easy to trip on.
- There is a hole in the sidewalk.
- The sidewalk has snow or ice on it.
- The sidewalk is unstable and moves when weight is on it.
- The sidewalk is not placed correctly.
- There is a lot of debris or other substance on the sidewalk that should have been removed.
- The sidewalk is not level.
- Tree wells are installed improperly.
- Metal doors that lead underground are uneven and create a tripping hazard.
- Metal doors are open and a pedestrian falls through.
- There is a broken manhole cover in the sidewalk.
- There is an object sticking up from the sidewalk, such as the remnants of a sign pole.
When someone suffers an injury as a result of one of these or another sidewalk conditions, they deserve to be compensated, but the process is not easy. One major reason is because of the specific laws in New York regarding sidewalk slip-and-fall liability. In 2003, New York City passed a law that placed liability for sidewalk accidents on the owners and lessee of certain properties for “the negligent failure to install, construct, reconstruct, repave, or replace defective sidewalk flags and the negligent failure to remove snow, ice, dirt, and other material from the sidewalk.” That means, depending on the type of property and who owns it, you may have a claim against the City or the property owner. While suing a property owner is easier and less complicated than suing the City, it can be unclear whom you should actually bring a claim against and you should consult an attorney to advise you. For more information, contact our lawyers at (212)-400-4000 or email at email@example.com for a FREE CONSULTATION.
If you or a loved one is suffering any of the following conditions or injuries as a result of a slip-and-fall accident on a sidewalk then you may have a claim for compensation:
- Broken bone
- Severe muscle strain
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Fractures or sprains
- Nerve damage
- Back injury
- Head injury
- Spine injury
- Hip injury
- Another injury or condition caused by a sidewalk slip-and-fall
Call now and our office will provide you with a full analysis of your situation and assessment of your claim. If you wait too long to file your claim, you could be barred from pursuing it in the future under New York Statute of Limitations law. If you are suing the city or municipality, you must file a “notice of claim” form within 90 days of the date you slipped and fell on the sidewalk. Once you file the notice of claim, you have one year and 90 date from the date of the accident to sue. If you are not suing a municipality, you have three years to file suit. Either way, you should contact a lawyer right away to make sure you know who to sue and what deadlines must be met.
If you or someone you love slips and falls on a sidewalk you should file a police report and seek medical attention right away. Immediate medical attention is not only necessary to attend to your injury, but you also want a medical record of your injury with a complete diagnosis. When filing a police report, you want to make sure that it contains:
- Precise location of the accident (not just streets, but any useful landmarks or signs that can give a more exact location).
- Date and Time
- The names and contact information for any witnesses
- The condition of the sidewalk that caused the accident
- Description of the injury itself.
- Photographs of the defect and the injury
All of this information will help to strengthen your claim and increase the chances of its success. And remember, we do not get paid unless we win your case, so you do not have to worry about being able to afford representation for your sidewalk injury claim. The consolation is free, and we only collect if you receive a settlement or judgment in your favor. Our attorneys are ready and eager to provide you and your family with the expertise and support that will maximize your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.
Contact a New York Sidewalk Injury Lawyer today at (212)-400-4000 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for FREE CONSULTATION
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