The walking surfaces of White Plains, the Bronx, and all of Westchester County can be dangerous to navigate. When you walk on the sidewalks of New York, there are many factors that can lead to injuries, including conditions of the sidewalk and the negligence of a property owner. The conditions of sidewalks can make for hazardous situations that can lead to serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, bone fractures, concussions, and muscle damage. These injuries can lead to overwhelming medical bills and lost wages. You could suffer from a dormant injury that could later impact your ability to work or enjoy life in the same capacity. If you are the victim of a sidewalk accident, you need to consider your legal options. Contact The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish to assist you in your matter, to assess your case and investigate the matter on your behalf.
Who is responsible for the conditions of a sidewalk?
If you have been hurt because of a sidewalk accident, you may be wondering who is liable for your injury. If you have been injured because of weather conditions or negligent maintenance of a sidewalk, the adjacent property owner may the one to blame. According to the laws of White Plains, the Bronx, and Westchester County, the adjacent property owner to the sidewalk is responsible the conditions of their section. Property owners are responsible for keeping their section of sidewalk clean and clear of hazardous conditions and maintained up to the standard of the Department of Transportation. Some dangerous conditions may include snow and ice, raised, cracked, or depressed sections of the sidewalk, oil and other slippery substances, and loose debris. If you have slipped or tripped on the sidewalk and the property owner knew or should have known about the condition, you may be able to recover damages for a serious injury. It is important to note that property owners have a certain amount of time to clear a surface of snow and ice after a storm and if you were injured within that time, you may not be able to recover damages as you have taken on the risk of walking in hazardous conditions.
If you are suffering from a serious injury, seek medical attention. Getting the medical attention you need not only helps you get the care you need but documents the injury for the possibility of future legal action. If you are able, try and remember the place and time that you fell and the conditions of the surface. Speak to witnesses and collect their contact information. If you are physically able, use a cell phone or a camera to take pictures of the conditions. Collecting evidence can be time-sensitive. Especially with weather-related hazards, conditions can change quickly. If you are not able to collect evidence or send out an attorney’s investigator, the property owner, and even nature itself can erase the hazard that caused your injuries. Get proof while you can.
Contact a White Plains law firm to act on your behalf
The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish have years of experience helping accident victims recover damages related to the negligent maintenance of sidewalk surfaces. If you have been injured, our firm is ready to assess your case, guide you through your options, and see that you are justly compensated for your injuries. If you need a firm that will act quickly and passionately advocate on your behalf, contact The Law Offices of Daniel A. Kalish.