Sidewalk Accidents

There are nearly 13,000 of miles of sidewalks throughout New York City’s five boroughs, according to the New York City Department of Transportation. To help prevent injuries, the city’s goal is to provide and maintain safe sidewalks for pedestrians.

That is not always the case and often a trip/slip-and-fall is a result of hazardous conditions that lead to significant injuries such as fractured or broken bones and sprained wrists or ankles, along with knee and brain injuries.

Who Is Responsible For Sidewalks In New York?

New York City’s Section 19-152 of the Administrative Code says, “Property owners are responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining sidewalks adjoining their properties.”

The city of New York is responsible for maintaining and repairing the portion of sidewalk closer to the street and curb. Property owners must keep sidewalks clean and, free debris and are responsible for snow and ice removal.

Winning a lawsuit may prove difficult. It will depend on whether the property owner was aware of a dangerous condition on the sidewalk or whether the city was provided written notice indicating that the sidewalk was cracked or uneven, had a pothole or another defect or was considered dangerous in some other way.

Get The Aggressive And Experienced Representation You Need

For over 75 years, our law firm has been tirelessly advocating for injury victims and has recovered over $1 billion for our clients. Our attorneys have helped shaped New York’s injury laws and are known for some of the largest recoveries in New York state. We have access to experts and top investigators to help determine who is liable for your injuries.

What Can Cause A Trip-And-Fall Accident On A Sidewalk?

Many factors can cause a trip-and-fall accident on a sidewalk or walkway on someone’s property or in a public location. Common causes of sidewalk accidents include:

  • Ice and snow
  • Debris and unmarked objects in walkways
  • Cracks in sidewalks
  • Uneven sidewalks
  • Deteriorated or poorly maintained sidewalks
  • Potholes
  • Unremoved garbage
  • Poor lighting

$1.5 million settlement trip-and-fall/city of New York worker — A female in her 40s severely injured her spine, requiring surgery, when she tripped and fell in a hole covered by water in a city garage. The settlement was reached with the city.

Kelner & Kelner Is Committed To Providing Aggressive And Compassionate Representation For Our Clients

Get Help And Expert Advice From Our Highly Respected Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been injured in a sidewalk accident, we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today by calling 212-425-0700 or sending an email to get a free, confidential consultation.

$7,250,000 Settlement - Personal Injury

Settlement was reached for a former New York City Corrections Officer who attempted suicide with her City issued firearm. Her suicide attempt resulted in her becoming fully paralyzed.

View More

$5,750,000 Settlement- Premises Accident

37 year old female, was injured in a building in Queens, New York when the external walkway collapsed. As a result of the accident, she sustained multiple fractures to her face, torso, arms and legs which required multiple surgeries.

View More

$5,100,000 Verdict- Municipal Worker Accident / Slip and Fall

A 48 year old male New York City municipal worker significantly injured his knee, which was replaced. The injury was caused when he slipped and fell in a puddle of oil caused by a leaking garbage truck.

View More

$3,100,000 Verdict - Premises Liability

A 6 year old boy fractured his ankle in a skateboarding accident at a NY City Skate Park, in the Bronx. The jury verdict was reached in Bronx County, against City of New York.

View More

$1,500,000 Settlement – Trip and Fall / City of New York Worker

A female in her 40’s was severely injured her spine, which required surgery, when she tripped and fell in a hole covered by water in a City of NY garage. The settlement was reached with the City of NY.

View More

$1,300,000 Settlement - Negligent Security

A woman in her 60’s was injured at New York sporting event. The settlement was reached in New York County.

View More

$1,249,000 Settlement - Commercial Cleaning Accident (NY State Labor Law)

A female, in her 40’s, was injured when she fell off a ladder while cleaning air ducts at the South Street Seaport, in Manhattan. She fractured both wrists, which required surgery. The case settled in New York County.

View More

$1,150,000 Settlement- Negligent Security -

A women visiting New York, was sexually assaulted in a Manhattan hotel. The claim for negligent security was settled prior to trial.

View More

$25,000,000 Settlement - Bicycle Accident

A 33-year-old man was struck by a cable company’s commercial van while he was riding his bicycle in the Bronx. He sustained numerous and substantial injuries to his head and brain, jaw, arms and legs which required 15 surgeries. The settlement was reached in the Bronx, NY.

View More

$9,800,000 Settlement - Subway Accident

A man in his mid-50’s was dragged by a City of NY subway train, which resulted in severe leg injuries. The settlement was reached in New York County.

View More

$1,900,000 Settlement - Pedestrian Accident

A City of New York sanitation worker in his mid-50’s was severely injured when a truck struck a car, which then hit our client. He had spinal surgery and even with pre-existing condition, the substantial settlement was reached in New York County.

View More

$1,700,000 Settlement - Commercial Trucking Accident

On the Long Island Expressway, an overloaded commercial shipping truck collided with our client’s car, resulting in severe injuries. This was the first time in New York that a commercial shipper was held liable for a personal injury claim. The settlement was reached in Nassau County, NY.

View More

Our Recent Personal Injury Blogs