Winter has arrived in the New York area, and with it comes a higher chance that snow and ice will affect your commute, whether you are driving or walking. If you fell as you were walking on an icy or snowy sidewalk, it may not be your fault. You could have grounds to seek compensation through a premises liability claim.
You may assume that clumsiness or inattentiveness played a role in your accident, but it is beneficial to seek a complete understanding of your legal options. The property owner could be liable for damages caused by icy conditions or snow accumulation, even if you were walking on a public sidewalk. An experienced personal injury attorney can determine if you have a rightful claim to compensation.
Common injuries from slip-and-fall accidents
A fall can leave a victim with serious injuries, even if it seemed like a minor incident at the time. Slip-and-fall injuries of any type or severity should not be overlooked or dismissed and may include:
- Broken bones
- Severe bruising
- Injured wrists
- Head injuries
- Emotional trauma
You deserve a full recovery from your injuries. In addition to the emotional pain and embarrassment you may feel, treatment costs and lingering accident pain can have a significant impact on your life. It is important to act quickly to protect your rights after this type of accident. In many cases, property owners or government entities could be liable for various types of negligent maintenance, which may include:
- Ice on sidewalk
- Cracks in the pavement
- Uneven walkways
- Snow accumulation
- Poor lighting
- Lack of warning for known hazards
Through litigation or negotiation, your lawyer can help you obtain the money you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages from missed work and other losses.
Protecting your rights after an accident
If your fall occurred on a sidewalk owned by the City of New York or other government entity, it is important to act quickly if you believe that you have a case. You only have 90 days from the date of your fall to file an injury claim, and your recovery is too important to compromise a potential claim by waiting.
Do not miss your window of opportunity, but promptly seek the opinion of a legal professional if you believe that you have a valid premises liability claim after a slip-and-fall accident.