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There are millions of people walking in New York City every day. While this should not be seen as a dangerous activity, it can sometimes result in injury. This may be the case if certain properties are not taken care of by those who are obligated to do so. In these situations, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance in recovering compensation. 

Examples of Accidents

Slip and fall accidents happen in locations such as sidewalks, streets, parking lots, and more. These may be the result of the following circumstances:

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

Who is Liable?

Property owners in New York have a legal obligation to maintain safe grounds. This ensures that people do not become injured if they come onto the property. This can include private citizens, public stores, private companies, or municipal properties. Property owners are also responsible for the sidewalk adjacent to their property. 

This requires them to clean up the grounds after poor weather conditions, such as snow and ice. In New York, property owners have a certain window of time from the end of a snowfall to ensure it is safe. If a person is harmed within that time, they may not have a successful case, as it was dangerous to walk during that time. If the injury occurs afterward, the property owner may be liable. 

Proving Negligence

When a person is injured in a slip and fall accident due to negligence, they may want to pursue legal action with a personal injury claim. It is important to know that the injured party must prove negligence. This can be done with evidence that shows the property owner was aware, or should have been aware, of the hazard that caused the incident. Evidence can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, and any witnesses to the incident. 

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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