New York City Attorney for Pedestrian Accidents on Sidewalks
We don’t often think of city sidewalks or town/village sidewalks as being especially dangerous, but there are many hazards on walkways that can cause serious injury. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights if you were hurt walking on an uneven, broken or icy sidewalk. If you need advice about your right to compensation after an injury on a New York City or suburban sidewalk, contact The Pryor Law Firm, LLC, for a free consultation about your legal options.
We work with people who need advice about accident claims all over the five boroughs and Long Island. With offices in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Nassau County, our law firm is easy to get to for people throughout the region. We can always visit with clients at home or in the hospital as well.
Experienced Client Service in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx
With almost 25 years of trial experience, New York sidewalk accidents lawyer Kenneth A. Pryor and The Pryor Law Firm know how to investigate, document and prove negligence claims against property owners, municipal agencies and others who can be held accountable for the resulting injuries.
Some of the hazards are caused by negligence or carelessness in removing ice or snow from walkways, as in a Bronx case where we recovered $1.36 million for a Bronx woman who slipped on ice in the parking lot at work and a Brooklyn case where Kenneth A. Pryor obtained a $1.25 million verdict for a woman who slipped on snow and ice at a Brooklyn school. Other dangerous conditions can exist regardless of the weather, such as a situation that led to the $470,000 settlement that we collected for an elderly Nassau County woman who fell through open sidewalk cellar doors.
Injury claims related to trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall accidents are covered under the law of premises liability. Property owners and public agencies are generally required to keep buildings, lands and travel routes reasonably safe for ordinary use. What “reasonably safe” means varies a great deal with the facts of each case, so it is important to hire an attorney who understands the complexities of snow and ice cases.
Not only the property owner, but snow-removal contractors hired by the property owners may be liable in certain cases to someone who slips and falls on snow and ice. For example, if a snow removal contractor creates an icy condition or makes the snow and ice condition more dangerous through improper snow removal practices, such as removing snow from underlying ice without applying sand and salt, the contractor may be liable. Proving liability against a snow-removal contractor, however, requires your attorney to have the knowledge and skill level to collect very specific types of evidence and prove specific facts.
Damages Claims When Both Sides Are at Fault
The law requires pedestrians, visitors and passers-by also need to take reasonable care to protect themselves from injury, and many premises liability lawsuits involve disputes over which party was more at fault for the injuries — the property owner or the injured person. Even if you think that your injuries on a broken or neglected sidewalk might have been partially your fault, you may still be entitled to compensation.
People who get hurt partially through their own fault can still collect damages from others whose negligence also played a role in the accident. Clients of The Pryor Law Firm benefit from our experience with the legal and factual issues that come up when both sides blame each other for the victim’s injuries. In a free and confidential consultation, we can explain how these issues might play a role in your case.
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We recommend that you contact us as soon as possible after an accident on a dangerous sidewalk so that we can start our investigation right away. Dangerous property conditions have a way of getting repaired soon after someone gets hurt, and we know how to preserve the evidence that can prove your claim in court.
For more information about the way our personal injury law firm works with people who have been injured by dangerous sidewalk conditions, contact The Pryor Law Firm at any of our three New York area locations for a free consultation.
The Pryor Law Firm, LLC, helps people with many kinds of personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout the New York metro area, including Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County and communities as Garden City, Uniondale, Hempstead, Roosevelt, Freeport, Levittown, Valley Stream, Laurelton, Rosedale, Valley Stream, Massapequa, Lindenhurst, Hauppauge, Deer Park, Ronkonkoma, Selden and Huntington.