Winters in New York can be frigid. Temperatures regularly dip below freezing, which can make for unsafe conditions.
Getting hurt after falling on an icy sidewalk in New York can be both painful and frustrating. Read on to learn what to do if this happens to you.
Two Potentially Liable Parties
Depending on where you fall and get hurt, there are two parties that are potentially liable for your injuries, including:
- The city
- The property owner
You may pursue a claim with the city if your fall occurred on a sidewalk that:
- Is on public property or in a public location
- Is not serviced up to city requirements
- Is not presently beneath plainly delineated construction warnings for repairs
- Links a one, two, or three-family home in which the homeowner resides
The Property Owner
If you fall and get hurt on an icy sidewalk in front of anything other than a one, two, or three-family home, the owner of the property behind the sidewalk is liable for your injuries.
You Must Exercise Reasonable Care
If you’re hurt on an icy sidewalk because of actions you shouldn’t be doing or that could contribute to your injuries, you may not be eligible for compensation. For instance, if you are texting while walking on an icy sidewalk, you may limit the amount of your recovery if you fall and get hurt because you should have exercised reasonable care in an unsafe area.
We’re Here to Help Injured Victims
Regardless of where you fall and get hurt on an icy sidewalk, if you have a reasonable expectation to remain safe, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses. Don’t delay—reach out to our team right away to learn more about how we can help.