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With the winter season approaching, it is the unfortunate reality that we will begin to see more and more snow and ice-related accidents. While of course, sometimes these accidents are unavoidable, they are, more often than not, preventable, which is what makes them so unfortunate. If you are someone who has been involved in a snow or ice accident, you are most likely now seriously injured, which is why you are looking into recovering financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:

What are some of the most common causes of snow and ice accidents?

There are several different causes of snow and ice accidents, all of which often cause very serious injuries as a result. Some of the most common causes of snow and ice-related accidents are as follows:

  • Failing to remove any hanging icicles
  • Leaks left unaddressed
  • Walkways left uncleared, as snow begins to turn to ice past the legally acceptable window of time
  • Failing to properly or sufficiently salt steps and walkways
  • Icy handrails

Are property owners responsible for removing safety hazards?

New York law states that all property owners and managers are responsible for removing ice and snow from the sidewalk adjoining their property within four hours after the snow stops falling. If you were injured because a property owner failed to clear away all potential snow-related safety hazards after the four-hour window of time has elapsed, there is a very good chance you will be able to recover the financial compensation you need.

How do I win a personal injury claim?

To win a personal injury claim, you will have to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. However, this is not always easy, as insurance companies do not simply readily hand out money to everyone who files a claim. That is why you will need experienced legal assistance.

What is the statute of limitations in New York State?

The statute of limitations is the legally acceptable amount of time you have to take legal action against a negligent party. In New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years. If you wait any longer then three years from the date of your accident to file a claim, you will be denied your right to financial compensation, no matter how bad you truly need it. Reach out to our firm to get the claims process started. The sooner you file, the better.

Contact our experienced New York 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 significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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