Temporary sidewalks are a common sight in New York at construction sites and in areas undergoing significant roadwork. These structures-covered or otherwise-are designed to protect passing pedestrians from hazards due to construction. These hazards can include automobile traffic, uneven walking surfaces, falling objects, and much more. However, temporary sidewalk accidents in New York can occur if the structures are improperly installed or improperly maintained.
The party which installs the temporary sidewalk is legally obligated to ensure that the structure doesn't pose a hazard in and of itself. As such, temporary sidewalks must adequately block off danger zones. If the sidewalk structure has gaps or the path through it is inadequately marked, individuals may pass through the allegedly protective barrier without knowing, exposing them to the dangers the sidewalk is supposed to block out.
Additionally, temporary sidewalks must be adequately illuminated at night or during adverse weather conditions. This is to prevent slip/trip and fall accidents by allowing pedestrians to see uneven surfaces, support poles, and other obstacles that could result in injury.
If a temporary sidewalk fails to do any of these things, the company who installed the sidewalk or the legal entity responsible for its placement could be held financially responsible for any injuries a pedestrian might sustain while using the temporary structure.
In New York, temporary sidewalk accident victims can often sue for compensation for injuries incurred during such instances. While the contractor who installed the sidewalk would be the most obvious target of such a lawsuit, the law does allow the injured party to travel higher up the chain of responsibility and seek compensation from all those that are responsible.
As with all such construction site accidents in New York, the law can be confusing and injured individuals often have no idea what options are available to them. The best course of action is to consult with a qualified and experienced attorney who will guide and recover for you and your family the compensation you deserve. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at (800) 734-9338 or (212) 385-1122 to learn your rights.