Pedestrians are constantly at risk when navigating the walking surfaces of Brooklyn and New York City. Many factors lead to accidents on the sidewalks of all New York communities, including the conditions of the sidewalk and the negligence of property owners. Sidewalk accidents can lead to serious, life-altering injuries, including spinal cord injuries, bone fractures, concussions, and muscle damage. When one is subject to serious injuries, they may face overwhelming medical bills and lost wages. An injury could stay dormant for years before impacting your life. If you are the victim of a sidewalk accident, there are many issues to consider and taking legal action should be one. Contact Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C. to assess your case, guide you through your options and represent your interests in and out of court.
You may be wondering who is liable for injuries sustained on the sidewalks of Brooklyn and New York. If you are injured because of avoidable conditions, like snow and ice, the adjacent property owner may be the one to blame. According to the laws of New York City and Brooklyn, the owner of the property adjacent to the sidewalk is obligated to keep their section clean and free of hazards. Some of these dangerous conditions may include:
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on a sidewalk in New York or Brooklyn and the adjacent property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the condition, you may be able to hold the owner liable for you injuries. This means that if you have sustained a serious injury, you may be able to recover damages to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It is important to note that each community has regulations that give property owners a certain amount of time to clear a surface of snow and ice after a storm. If you were injured within that time, you will most likely not be able to recover damages because you have taken the risk to travel in hazardous conditions.
First and foremost, seek medical attention. When you are treated by medical professionals, you not only get the care you need, the injury will be documented at the place the incident occurred. If you are able, try to document the place, time, and condition that caused your injury. If you have a camera or smartphone, take pictures of the condition. Weather-related hazards can change quickly. If you have slipped on snow or ice, the property owner or nature itself can erase all traces of a hazardous condition within minutes. If anyone witnessed your injury, collect their contact information in case you need someone to corroborate your story.
Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C. has served personal injury victims from Brooklyn and New York City for many years. Our firm has the skill and knowledge to effectively represent your needs in and out of court. If you have been injured on the sidewalks of New York, you need to consider your legal options. Do not sit idly by while the negligence of a property owner impacts your life and livelihood. If you need a compassionate, dedicated, and persistent law firm, contact Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C. today.