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As a New York City resident, you most likely walk up and down sidewalks each and every day. Even though you may not think twice about it, the sad reality is that sidewalks, if not properly managed and maintained, can be very harmful. If you are someone who has been injured in a sidewalk accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of any damages you have ensued as a result. Please read on and reach out to our New York City sidewalk accident attorney to learn more about how we can best help you.

What are the most common causes of sidewalk accidents?

There are a number of different ways that sidewalk accidents can occur. However, keep in mind that the majority of these accidents can be traced back to property owner negligence. Some of the most common kinds of sidewalk accidents can include loose debris, cracked or uneven surfaces, potholes, construction debris, and weather-related hazards.

How do I recover compensation after a sidewalk accident in New York?

To recover financial compensation, you have to demonstrate that you were hurt as a direct result of another party’s negligence in a premises liability lawsuit. However, you will first have to decide who exactly was responsible. In New York, you may either hold the state or an individual accountable, depending on whether you were injured on public or private property. An experienced attorney will not only determine who is responsible for your injuries, but he will also seek out the evidence you need to win your claim. Photographs of the safety hazard, medical documents, police reports, and witness statements are all great ways to establish a personal injury claim.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York?

Keep in mind that the state of New York has a deadline imposed for personal injury claims. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally three years. This suggests that if you are hurt in New York, you have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against a negligent party. While you may think that you have all the time in the world, the truth is, the quicker you file, the better. If you wait too long, there is a very high chance you will be refused your right to sue, no matter how badly you need the compensation. Luckily, our firm is ready to get ahead with the claims process. All you have to do is give us a call.

Contact Our New York City Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Contact Swerling Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.


Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.


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Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.


Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.


Settlement to a woman who slipped and fell down a wet stairwell in a New York City Housing Authority building requiring a back surgery in 2018.

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