The winter months blanket most of the country in treacherous layers of snow and ice. New York sees its fair share of winter weather that can make foot travel unsafe if not properly addressed. Here are some things to know if you were hurt in a slip and fall accident on snow and/or ice.
Injury Liability for Winter Slip and Fall Accidents
It is all too easy to assume that you are at fault for your slip and fall. Many people make this mistake because they feel embarrassed about the incident or are unfamiliar with their legal rights. In reality, it is almost always the property owner who is responsible for slip and fall injuries if he or she failed to clear the snow and ice accumulation hazard in a timely manner.
Know that NYC Administrative Code also places the responsibility for sidewalk snow and ice removal on lessees, tenants, occupants, and other persons in charge of any lot or building.
Potential Compensation Available After a Slip and Fall
Some people walk away from a slip and fall with little more than minor bruises. Yet others suffer devastating injuries that can require medical treatment, rehabilitation, and time away from work.
If you were seriously hurt due to a winter slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to much more money than the insurance company or property owner may be offering you. Our attorney will focus on negotiating the best possible outcome so you can focus entirely on your recovery.
Important Information About Documenting Your Case
Changes in weather can cause snow and ice to melt quickly. If possible, take photographs of the hazardous condition that caused your accident to use as evidence when building your case. Keep in mind that you can ask a friend or family member to snap some pictures in your place.
Get Free Legal Help from an Experienced Slip and Fall Lawyer
Reid B. Wissner is an experienced slip and fall lawyer in the state of New York. He has helped many people who were injured on snow or ice obtain much-needed justice and compensation.
Schedule a free slip and fall consultation at 212-406-9288 for information about handling your unique case. We serve accident victims from Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx.