If you sustain a serious injury on an icy sidewalk in New York City, you may have a case. You might believe that you will have to sue a municipality, but most likely, you will have to sue the owner of the property adjacent to the sidewalk the incident took place on. In some cases, the abutting landowner could be a municipality, but in most cases it will be a commercial or private landowner. The village, town, or city you reside in gives a certain amount of time for the responsible party to clear walking surfaces of weather-related conditions. In New York City and Brooklyn, if the storm ends between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., sidewalks must be cleared within 4 hours. If the snowfall ends between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., sidewalks must be cleared within 14 hours. If the storm concludes between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., sidewalks must be cleared by 11 a.m. If a landowner takes too long to clear their sidewalk and ice forms as a result of melting snow, the abutting landowner could be liable. If you are injured within the time allotted to clear the snow, you will probably not have a case against the landowner.
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