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.
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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
- 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.
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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.