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On any given day in New York City, there are millions of people walking every day. While it is a common occurrence, there are many cases in which simply walking can result in an injury. This may be the case if a property owner does not take care of the grounds they are required to, thus causing it to become hazardous and lead to injuries. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New York slip and fall attorney for assistance recovering compensation for damages.

What are Examples of Accidents?

There are a variety of different locations where a slip and fall accident can take place in New York. This can include sidewalks, streets, parking lots, etc. This may be the case in the event of any of the following:

  • Hazardous sidewalks
  • Weather conditions (snow, ice, standing water)
  • Potholes, uneven pavement, cracked surfaces
  • Loose debris
  • Hazardous materials
  • Slippery substances

Who is Liable for an Accident?

In the state of New York, property owners have a legal obligation to make sure their grounds are safe. This is to ensure that others who come onto their grounds cannot be injured as a result of certain hazards. This obligation is required of private citizens, public stores, private companies, or municipal properties. It is important to note that property owners are also responsible for the sidewalk that is adjacent to their property. This requires them to maintain the sidewalk in the event that it becomes dangerous to the public. This may be after inclement weather such as snow or ice. New York property owners have a window of time from the end of a snowfall to ensure it is cleaned up. If a person walking is injured within that time frame, they may not have a successful case. If the injury occurs afterward, the property owner may be held responsible. 

How do I Prove Negligence?

After a slip and fall accident, injured parties can pursue legal action by filing a personal injury claim. During this time, they are required to prove that negligence took place, thus causing their injuries. This can be done with certain evidence that shows the property owner knew, or should have reasonably known about the hazardous conditions that caused the accident and failed to fix it. Evidence that can be helpful for a case can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, any witnesses to the incident, and more.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City car accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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.


Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.


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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