Here in New York City, we've recently been hit with snowstorms and freezing weather. These conditions make it dangerous to walk outside, even more so if you happen to be elderly or disabled, and yet there is no clear organization or efficiency in clearing safe paths for people to walk or bike on. The number of slip and fall injuries rises sharply in winter, and it's clear to see why.
If you have been injured after slipping and falling on an icy sidewalk, parking lot, cycling path, or other pedestrian surface, don't hesitate to contact the Reid B. Wissner Law Offices at 212-406-9288 today for a free legal consultation. It is very likely that someone can be held accountable for your injury, and you may be entitled to compensation.
Who Is Responsible for Clearing Sidewalks After a Storm?
Responsibility for clearing sidewalks varies depending on location and proximity to private or public property. For instance, homeowners and landlords of apartment buildings have a responsibility to make sure that the sidewalk in front of their property is cleared in a reasonable time frame following a snowstorm. However, if you slipped on a public sidewalk, liable parties could include:
- The Department of Sanitation
- The Parks Department
- The Department of Transportation
- The MTA
It can be difficult to know who was liable in your slip and fall accident, which is why an experienced slip and fall lawyer is a valuable asset to have on your side. Reid B. Wissner can review your case, recreate the details of what exactly happened, and help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
Why Should You File A Slip and Fall Lawsuit?
Slip, trip, and fall injuries make up a large percentage of ER visits in the winter. Elderly people are most at risk of serious, even life-threatening injuries from falling, but with snow and ice covering many walking surfaces in the winter, even a young and healthy person can become seriously injured from a slip and fall accident.
If you end up in the emergency room or at the doctor's office after slipping and falling on snow or ice, medical bills can add up quickly. Most Americans don't have the means to pay for comprehensive medical care, and medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy in this country. Filing a lawsuit can help you cover your medical bills, and can even help you get compensation for your pain and suffering as well as any income lost while recovering and unable to work.
If you were injured in a slip, trip, and fall accident while out and about in New York City, don't hesitate to contact the Reid B. Wissner Law Offices at 212-406-9288 Your initial consultation is free with zero obligation, and if we take your case, we will not charge you a penny until we've achieved a successful outcome for you.
We serve clients throughout greater New York City, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan.