Sidewalk accidents, including slip and fall and trip and fall injuries, are some of the most common accidents attributed to dangerous or unsafe premises in New York City. Nationwide, slip and fall accidents are the most common basis of negligence lawsuits after motor vehicle accidents.
A slip or trip on a dangerous sidewalk can cause serious injuries, including lacerations to the face, fractures of the ankle, wrist or hip, and head, neck or back injuries, including spinal cord paralysis or traumatic brain injury. Even if no physical injuries are visible, a victim of a fall should receive medical attention and be monitored following the fall for signs of a concussion, fracture, muscle tear or other injury.
Sidewalks can be made dangerously unsafe due to lack of maintenance, repair, and neglect, or by temporary conditions that are not swiftly corrected. Common examples of unsafe sidewalks include:
- Cracked or broken sidewalks
- Icy, wet, or slippery sidewalks
- Exposed tree roots
- Uneven levels between slabs
- Large gaps between slabs
- Broken or missing streetlamps
- Salt, sand or debris left on sidewalk
- Electrical cords or equipment left on sidewalk
- Protruding product stands or displays blocking sidewalk
- Subsidence (sinking, cave-in)
Is the maintenance and repair of a sidewalk the responsibility of the City or the property owner? If the property is leased, is the sidewalk upkeep the responsibility of the landlord or the tenant, or both? Knowing who is liable in a sidewalk accident is crucial to obtaining a financial recovery. A complaint or lawsuit filed against the city or other municipal or government authority must be done according to different procedures and different timelines than a claim against a private property owner. Missing a deadline by filing the wrong the claim can be devastating to your case.
The law office of Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. understands the important distinctions in pursuing claims against public entities and private property owners. We conduct a thorough investigation to identify the responsible party or parties and initiate the proper procedures to get you your compensation efficiently and effectively. If you have been injured in a New York City sidewalk accident, contact Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C.