Walking along the bustling streets of New York City can be an adventure, but it also comes with its fair share of risks, especially when it comes to sidewalk accidents.
In this vibrant metropolis, crowded sidewalks and varied terrain can lead to slips, trips, and falls. When these accidents occur, it is important to understand who may be liable and what options are available for those injured.
The question of liability
In many cases, property owners in New York City are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks in front of their buildings. If a sidewalk accident occurs due to a hazardous condition, such as a broken or uneven sidewalk slab, the property owner may hold the liability. Sometimes, sidewalk accidents are the result of poor maintenance by city agencies. If city-owned trees cause a defect in the sidewalk, for example, the responsibility may fall on the city itself.
The options for the injured
Like with any type of incident, the first step for anyone injured is to seek immediate medical attention. Even seemingly minor injuries can escalate if left untreated. Doing so also creates a medical record of the incident, that may be useful down the road. Inform the property owner or relevant city agency of the accident as soon as possible. Make sure to keep records of all correspondence. Preserve any evidence related to your accident, such as your clothing and shoes. They may serve as proof of the incident.
Every year, more than 1 million hospital visits occur due to a slip and fall. While some result in minimal injuries, others may lead to long-term consequences that may give the injured party the right to file a claim.