When winter arrives in New York City, conditions can become hazardous quickly. Ice and snow can coat the streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and other surfaces, creating a heightened risk of car accidents and slip and fall accidents. In a city with as much foot traffic as NYC, pedestrians are regularly at risk of suffering a serious injury by slipping and falling on ice and snow.
While it’s important for pedestrians to take special care and do all that they can to avoid slip and fall accidents, property owners also have an obligation to address these hazards in a timely manner, before any guests or passersby slip, fall, and get seriously hurt.
Property Owner Responsibility For Clearing Ice & Snow In NYC
Pedestrians injured in slip and fall accidents on ice and snow deserve financial support for related damages. If a property owner failed to promptly clear their sidewalk, parking lot, stairs, or another walkable surface of ice and snow, then that property owner could face liability in a personal injury lawsuit. For many victims, these lawsuits are the only way to recover needed financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other economic and personal setbacks related to the accident.
What Areas Are Property Owners Required To Clear?
New York City has outlined specific requirements regarding property owner responsibility for clearing snow. According to the NYC Administrative Code, “every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, or other person having charge of any lot or building must clean snow and ice from the sidewalks adjacent (i.e. in front of, on the side of, in back of) to their properties.” This includes snow around fire hydrants. If possible, a path of at least four feet wide should be cleared along the sidewalk. Corner property owners should clear paths to crosswalks, including pedestrian ramps.
Time Limits For Clearing Ice And Snow
Additionally, the Administrative Code sets specific time limits for clearing ice and snow. If the snow stops falling between:
- 7:00 a.m. and 4:49 p.m. – you must clear within four fours
- 5:00 p.m. and 8:59 p.m. – you must clear within 14 hours
- 9:00 p.m. and 6:59. a.m. – you must clear by 11:00 a.m. the next day
When a property owner fails to follow these rules and someone gets injured after slipping or falling on ice or snow that the property owner was responsible for clearing, the injury victim likely has a strong case for a personal injury lawsuit. Property owners also may face fines from the city.
What Should I Do After A Slip & Fall Accident?
Seeking medical attention should be your top priority after slipping and falling on an icy or snow-covered sidewalk or walking surface. The sooner you seek medical care, the smoother your recovery may be. In some cases, your injuries may not feel terribly serious at first, only to become progressively worse over the coming days or weeks. Prompt medical care can prevent unnecessary complications. Medical records will also be a pivotal piece of evidence in a personal injury lawsuit, so receiving medical care shortly after your accident also makes it more likely that you’ll secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve.
After receiving your initial medical examination and treatments, we advise speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your legal options. At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus, and Moverman, our Brooklyn personal injury lawyers understand how NYC laws apply to these cases, how to gather evidence, and how to present a case effectively in court or settlement negotiations. We’re prepared to make sure you get the financial support you need in a timely manner.
What Damages Will A Lawsuit Cover?
Slip and fall accidents often result in severe injuries. When you slip and fall, the impact can result in broken bones, nerve damage, and even paralysis. These injuries often result in a variety of personal and financial setbacks which are compensable in a lawsuit, such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and loss of earning potential
- Loss of quality of life
- Pain and suffering
Victims shouldn’t be forced to bear the burden of these setbacks on their own, just because a negligent property owner failed to keep their premises safe from dangers. Our Brooklyn personal injury lawyers can help you prove that the property owner’s negligence was to blame for your injuries and build a case which demonstrates how your injury has resulted in economic and noneconomic damages.