Weather conditions play a large role in personal injury cases across Brooklyn and New York City. When you navigate the city’s walking surfaces, you are at risk for a slip and fall caused by a number of factors. Slip and falls caused by snow and ice can cause a wide range of serious injuries, including bone fractures, spinal cord injuries, concussions, and more. A slip and fall because of snow or ice can physically and financially impact your life and livelihood, subjecting you to overwhelming medical bills and lost wages. Sometimes, an injury can stay dormant for years before devastating your quality of life. Brooklyn and New York City property owners are obligated to keep the walking surface of their property reasonably clear of snow and ice in order to protect pedestrians. If a Brooklyn property owner knew or should have known about a hazard and did nothing to fix it, you may be able to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and legal fees. If you need a firm with experience and skill, contact Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C.
Most importantly, if you are hurt because of a slip and fall on snow or ice, seek medical attention. When you get the medical care you need, you are also documenting your medical status for any future personal injury claim. Furthermore, medical professionals will often add the time and place of the injury. Once you have the medical attention you need, you should consider documenting your surroundings. Weather-related conditions can change quickly. If you are able, take photographs of the snow and ice before they disappear. If anyone witnessed your accident, ask them for contact information in case you need them to support your claim in the future.
In Brooklyn and New York City, property owners are obligated to clear the walking surfaces on their property of snow and ice within a reasonable amount of time after a storm. The amount of time a property owner has to remove snow and ice depends on the municipality. In Brooklyn and New York City, the New York City Department of Sanitation mandates that snow and ice be removed no later than 4 hours after a storm ends during the day and no later than 11 a.m. if the storm ends after 9 p.m. the night before. If you were injured because a property owner ignored the laws of Brooklyn and New York City, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C. is a legal resource for the people of Brooklyn and all of New York City facing personal injuries. If you were seriously hurt because of the negligence of a property owner, you need to consider you legal options. If you were hurt on municipal property, you need an attorney that has experience with the strict guidelines you must follow to sue the city. Don’t allow the inaction of another impact your life and livelihood. You may be entitled to damages that will cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and legal fees. In order to know your rights, contact Weinstein, Chase, Messinger & Peters, P.C. today.