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Broken Sidewalks, Snow & Ice Cases:
Many clients call our office about trips and falls on broken sidewalks, as well as
slips and falls on snow and ice. Instead of telling one client at a time, I thought that
this information would be helpful to everyone:
BROKEN SIDEWALK CASES: In New York City the owner of real property
next to any sidewalk has a duty to maintain the sidewalk in a reasonably safe
condition. The City of New York is responsible for sidewalks abutting 1, 2, and 3
family homes used exclusively for residential purposes.
SNOW & ICE CASES: in New York City every owner, lessee, tenant, or other
person having charge of any building shall within 4 hours after the snow ceases to
fall, remove the snow or ice from the sidewalk. (There are certain exceptions.)
HOW TO WIN THE CASE!!!! (Safety is always the most important consideration)
- Call for the ambulance at the accident location. The location where the ambulance picks up the accident victim will always help prove where the accident happened.
- Always tell the ambulance attendant and doctors the cause of your accident. “I fell on the snow and ice.” “I fell because of the broken sidewalk.”
- Gather names, addresses, and phone numbers of witnesses.
- Have a friend or family member photograph the condition which caused your accident. You would be surprised how quickly evidence disappears after someone has fallen and broken a leg.