Litigating slip and fall sidewalk accidents in New York can be tricky because determining who is liable for your injuries isn’t always as simple as it appears. Is the city responsible or the owner of the property adjacent to the dangerous stretch of sidewalk? What about the business owner who leases the storefront? But one thing is certain; a competent and experienced personal injury attorney knows how to hold the liable individuals accountable.
Residents of a section of Morris Heights say the sidewalk in their neighborhood has decayed to the point of being hazardous to passersby. The stretch of sidewalk in question lies along East 176th Street- near multiple bus stops and subway stations. The sidewalk began falling apart years ago and has continued to deteriorate to the point where the sidewalk is non-existent in places.
This area is a highly travelled pedestrian thoroughfare. A nearby business owner told a local media outlet that they constantly see trip and fall accidents along this dangerous stretch of decayed sidewalk. For many individuals-especially the elderly and disabled people who use walkers and wheelchairs, it is a battle to simply get to the bus stops and subway stations along stretch of sidewalk without tripping and falling.
The NYC Parks Department is identified as the owner of the property abutting the damaged sidewalk. Under NYC Administrative Code, this agency and the city are responsible for inspecting, maintaining, and repairing the damaged sidewalk. Therefore, if anyone were seriously hurt in a trip and fall accident along this stretch of crumbling sidewalk, they could hold the city financially responsible for their injuries, unpaid medical bills and lost time from work.
Determining the proper parties is the most important step when bringing any kind of claim for personal injury. It is important to contact an experienced New York City sidewalk accident attorney as soon as possible to immediately investigate and preserve the evidence in your case. Contact the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel today at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.