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When you are in New York City, you are often walking briskly from point A to point B. With so many people, going so many different places, it is easy to become injured in the hustle and bustle, especially in the winter. As the temperature decreases, the likelihood of slipping and falling as you make your way around the city goes up. If you slip and fall, you can become seriously injured. Read on to learn more about snow and ice accidents in New York City and what to do in the event of an injury.

Who is Responsible for a Snow and Ice Accident?

In New York City, property owners are responsible for keeping their properties clean and safe for pedestrians. This applies to building-owners, shops, businesses, and municipal buildings. So, if you slip and fall on the sidewalk in front of an apartment building, the owner of the building may be responsible for your accident. That being said, New York City property owners have a window of time after a rain or snowfall event by which they must clear their property of any snow or ice. This amount of time varies by municipality, so call our firm to discuss whether your accident occurred outside this window of time.

How Can I Recover Compensation for an NYC Snow and Ice Accident?

If you were injured due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. To recover this compensation, you will need to fulfill the burden of proof. This can be done by taking photos and videos at the scene of the accident and collecting the contact information of anyone who may have witnessed the accident occur. Additionally, you will want to contact a skilled personal injury attorney.

An injury can take a serious toll, physically, financially, and mentally. In order to receive the compensation you deserve, you will need to file your personal injury claim within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. In New York, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. If you do not file within this time frame, you will likely lose your chance to recover compensation.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a snow and ice accident in New York City, contact our firm to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City 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.


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