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Who Is Responsible for a Slip and Fall Accident in New York City?

Written by James Hunt, Esq. on March 1st, 2021
Who Is Responsible for a Slip and Fall Accident in New York City?
New York is a wonderful place to go for a scenic walk, whether you are a native New Yorker or a tourist. There are many attractions to see along the miles and miles of New York City sidewalks. The many fabulous restaurants and bars add to the number of reasons to go for a walk in NYC.
Yet danger lurks on the sidewalks and steps of NYC, and slip and falls are, unfortunately, very common.

The New York Department of Health collects interesting statistics about slip and falls for different age categories, including more susceptible ages groups like those over the age of 65. In fact, according to the New York Department of Health, fall-related injuries are the leading cause of injury hospitalizations for children between ages 0-14 and adults who are age 25 years and older. In addition, falling injuries are the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths for New York residents who are age 45 years and older.
But who is responsible if you have suffered a slip and fall in New York City? The laws in New York, and New York City in particular, concerning premises liability and slip and falls are intended to protect the public and those people who go for a walk on New York City sidewalks and steps. New York’s laws require property owners and other potentially responsible parties to take reasonable steps to clear ice and remove snow in a timely manner in order to avoid and prevent slip and fall accidents.

In particular, under New York law, New York City Code Section 16-123 specifically requires property owners, lessees, tenants, occupants, or others in charge of any building or lot in the city adjacent to a sidewalk to remove “snow or ice … or other material from the sidewalk and gutter” in the area around the property within 4 hours of the time the snow stops. If the area has snow and ice frozen so hard that it cannot be removed immediately, the owner must spread sand, sawdust or other materials, and then thoroughly clear the sidewalk when the weather allows.

Under New York laws, a property owner who fails to follow these rules may be subject to penalties, fines and receive a ticket from the City.

So there may be multiple persons or entities who could be held responsible in a slip and fall accident. For example, a property owner, a lessee (for example, a business that rents the space), tenants, occupants, or anyone in charge of any building or lot could be held liable in a slip and fall accident in New York City. In addition, depending on the circumstances, a condominium board might be responsible for a New York slip and fall accident if the board has control over the sidewalk and its maintenance.

But who can you turn to if you have suffered a slip and fall in New York City? Turn to the slip and fall lawyers at NYC Slip and Fall Lawyers. Our NYC slip and fall lawyers have the experience to handle your case aggressively and get you the compensation you deserve.

This is why it is crucially important to seek the advice of an experienced New York slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your slip and fall accident to discovery the responsible parties. We will then fight for your rights to get you the compensation you deserve.

NYC Slip and Fall Lawyers has represented many New Yorkers who have been seriously injured in slip and fall accidents in New York City and the surrounding Boroughs. While you may have a valid premises liability claim, it is very important to begin examining the case as soon as possible.

Our attorneys will talk to you for FREE to discuss your legal options and next steps for your case. To get your free consultation, contact us here. Hablamos Español.

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About Author: James Hunt

James is a former Big Law attorney who trained at one of the biggest and most prestigious law firms in the world. He now uses that unique experience and training to help his injured clients fight for justice against “the big guys,” including negligent corporations and greedy insurance companies.
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