There are many different factors that determine whether or not you have a good chance at winning compensation for an injury sustained by falling on a broken or uneven sidewalk. However, the short answer to whether or not you can sue for a fall on a broken sidewalk is YES. Reid B. Wissner has won many cases where his client sustained injury after falling on a sidewalk, even if that fall was unwitnessed.
Broken or uneven sidewalks fall under the area of law known as "premises liability." The concept behind premises liability is that the owner of the sidewalk is responsible for maintaining safe walking conditions for passers-by. If safe conditions are not maintained, pedestrians may injure themselves and have the right to sue for damages.
How Do You Know Who To Sue?
The issue of who owns the particular stretch of sidewalk that you slipped and fell on can be a murky one. In some cases, the city is responsible for maintenance of a sidewalk. In other cases, it could be the responsibility of the owner of a residential or commercial property that the sidewalk is next to.
Don't worry about figuring out who the owner of the sidewalk is yourself. Instead, gather as many details about the scene of your fall as you can, and leave the job of figuring out responsibility to Mr. Wissner. You should try to:
- Take photos of the accident scene if you can
- Make notes about the condition of the sidewalk at the time of your fall
- Take note of the weather conditions at the time of your fall
- Do not make any statements to anyone
- See a doctor as soon as possible for your injuries
Compensation After A Slip and Fall On Unsafe Sidewalk
If you sustain a serious injury after a slip or trip and fall on a sidewalk, you will probably have to miss work and will be responsible for many hospital and medical treatment bills. New York personal injury lawyer Reid B. Wissner can fight for the maximum compensation owed to you, so that you can relax and heal as best you can without worrying about bills.
Compensation that you can receive from a slip and fall on a broken or otherwise hazardous sidewalk can include:
- Medical bills
- Long term home care
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning potential
- Pain and suffering
Mr. Wissner has helped his clients receive damages in the millions of dollars for both witnessed and unwitnessed falls on sidewalks. See details of some of his successful slip and fall cases.
We operate on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don't owe us anything until we win or settle your case. In addition, we provide free, no-obligation initial consultations to see if you have a good case.
If you have been injured on a broken, uneven, or otherwise unsafe sidewalk, call the Reid B. Wissner Law Offices today at 212-406-9288 for your free legal evaluation. We serve clients in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and nearby areas of New York City.