Sidewalks are a crucial feature of nearly any urban landscape, and most places in New York are no exception. In general, sidewalks provide a safe environment for pedestrians to travel to and from bus stops, schools and even places of work. When the safety of these sidewalks are compromised or regular maintenance falls to the wayside, injured citizens often have the ability to obtain just compensation for serious slip-and-fall accidents.
Despite how falls are often depicted in popular movies and TV shows, an unexpected slip-and-fall can have devastating consequences. Without any warning or time to brace oneself, many victims end up suffering serious head trauma in addition to other injuries. These types of medical emergencies often require extensive treatment care as well as rehab, multiple medications and result in prolonged pain and suffering. However, when it comes to recovering damages, some victims are not entirely sure exactly who should be held responsible for their injuries.
Typically, the owner of any commercial or residential property is required to maintain a reasonable level of safety for sidewalks free from any hazards. Of course, there is a certain amount of responsibility placed with the pedestrian that mandates that he or she practice necessary caution in the face of obvious or open dangers; nevertheless, the real hazards are often much less visible. Ice that has yet to be cleared away, gaps or cracks in the pavement and any other number of neglected or ignored hazards can be enough to alter the course of a person’s life forever.
Our skilled partners have spent years supporting and guiding clients through the process of seeking and recovering compensation for disastrous slip-and-fall accidents on the sidewalks of New York. Sadly, some negligent parties simply do not want to take responsibility for their actions. The years that we have dedicated to serving the community have allowed us to achieve the best outcome possible for many of those who have sought out our help.