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NYC Trip-and-Fall Sidewalk Accidents

Property owners in New York City are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks in front of their buildings. When they fail to adequately care for their sidewalks, they become liable for the injuries that pedestrians suffer as a result of a trip-and-fall accident.

According to Section 7-210 of the New York City Administrative Code, property owners must keep sidewalks in front of their property, as well as sidewalks abutting their property, in “a reasonably safe condition” for public use.

This means that property owners must repair, replace, install, construct, reconstruct, and/or repave defective sidewalk flags. Property owners must also remove snow and ice from their sidewalks.

Sidewalk Responsibilities – Property Owner

Some dangerous sidewalk conditions that cause trip-and-fall accidents include the following:

  • Cracked sidewalks
  • Uneven sidewalk flags
  • Raised pavement
  • Broken pavement
  • Collapsed sidewalks
  • Missing pieces of sidewalk
  • Uneven sidewalk grates and cellar doors
  • Loose bricks
  • Tree root growth
  • Exposed pipes
  • Snow or ice
  • Construction debris
  • Oil or garbage

Sidewalk Responsibility – City of New York

However, the City of New York can still be liable for trip-and-fall accidents that occur on sidewalks. Here are a few examples when the City of New York is likely still responsible for trip-and-fall accidents on sidewalks:

  • Section 7-210 does not apply for one-, two-, or three-family owner-occupied family residential properties used exclusively for residential purposes. For these properties, the city is still responsible for trip-and-fall sidewalk accidents.
  • The City of New York is still responsible for slip-and-fall accidents caused by a defective or broken curb.
  • The City of New York is still responsible for trip-and-fall sidewalk accidents caused by a defective or broken tree well.
  • The City of New York is still responsible for slip-and-fall sidewalk accidents in front of buildings they own.
  • The City of New York is still responsible for trip-and-fall sidewalk accidents in front of parks they own and in their parks.

New York’s laws only allow an injured accident victim a limited period of time to bring an action for damages. If your case is against the City of New York, you may have to file a Notice of Claim within ninety days.

Sidewalk Responsibility – Utility or Construction Company

Sometimes someone other than the building owner or the City of New York can be responsible for your New York City trip-and-fall sidewalk accident.

For example, a sidewalk might’ve been damaged by a utility company or a construction company. Or maybe a construction company placed equipment on a sidewalk or erected a scaffold that caused a tripping hazard. Since the construction company used the sidewalk for their own “special use,” the construction company could be liable for your trip-and-fall injury.

Immediate Actions for NYC Trip-and-Fall Accident Victims

If you’ve fallen in NYC, make sure to take the following steps:

  • Get medical attention.
  • Take photographs of the defect or condition that caused you to fall.
  • Obtain the names and addresses of any witnesses to your sidewalk fall.

If you or a loved one has suffered a trip-and-fall on a New York City sidewalk, call the slip-and-fall sidewalk accident lawyers at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, who are skilled at handling trip-and-fall accidents on NYC sidewalks.

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Our firm’s motto is, “Don’t Be A Victim Twice.” If you are a victim of a New York City trip-and-fall sidewalk accident, call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) to schedule a confidential consultation. Both the call and the consultation are free. And because of “Our Fee Guarantee—No Fee Unless Successful,” you don’t pay us unless we win your case.

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