New York City did not get a reprieve from the record-breaking cold that gripped NYC in late December and early January and in fact went from the below freezing cold to a blizzard-like snow storm. Unfortunately, we are still in the midst of the prime time for icy sidewalk accidents in New York City. With every new snow fall and near zero temperatures mixing with sudden thaws, conditions are ripe for slip and fall accidents.
The risk of suffering a serious life-threatening injury during a slip and fall accident caused by icy sidewalks is great because it is unexpected; there is no time or way to brace yourself and your full body weight comes crashing down on the part of your body that you land on.
Studies have shown that falls from standing height can cause broken bones, torn ligaments, nerve damage which results in weakness and limited motion of affected limb. These injuries leave victims out of commission for extended periods of time.
The responsibility for the injuries you’ve suffered because of a fall on an icy public sidewalk in New York City, in the vast majority of cases, falls on the property owner adjacent to the uncleared sidewalk. Under the New York City Administrative code, only owners of three family dwellings, which are owner occupied and used for residential purposes are exempt from clearing the public sidewalk adjacent to their property. In these cases, the City of New York still has the obligation of clearing the sidewalk from snow and ice.
The legal implications of an uncleared sidewalk in the context of the New York City law can be complex. For example, if you’ve fallen on a slippery sidewalk during a storm, can you still sue? What is considered owner occupied and used exclusively for residential purposes.).
That’s why, if you’ve been injured in icy sidewalks, you should always consult with an experienced slip and fall accident attorney in New York City. The Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel have been helping innocent victims get the compensation they deserve for years. Call 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today to schedule your free consultation.