Slip-and-Falls on Ice and Snow in New York City

If you live in New York City, navigating the sidewalks in the winter can be an adventure. The accumulation of snow and ice on those sidewalks can be hazardous. If you had a bad fall on a local sidewalk, talk to a personal injury lawyer near you.

Common Injuries from Falling on Ice and Snow

The following are common severe injuries resulting from slip-and-fall accidents on snow and ice:

  • Fractured (broken) wrist
  • Fractured (broken) hip
  • Fractured (broken) ankle
  • Facial injuries, including fractured teeth and lacerations
  • Knee damage, like tendon and ligament tears
  • Concussion/traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Shoulder or neck injury
  • Internal bleeding
  • Sprains and strains
  • Dislocations

Who Has a Duty to Clear Ice and Snow in New York City?

Building owners, management companies, store owners, and homeowners are obligated to clear snow and ice from sidewalks within a reasonable period of time after a storm ends. They must also spread salt, sand, or sawdust when necessary.

Many falls occur because those who own or control the property fail to timely clear ice and snow and/or fail to spread salt, sand, or sawdust.

In addition to sidewalks, those who own or control property must clear snow and ice and/or spread salt, sand, or sawdust to the following areas:

  • Front steps
  • Entrances
  • Access points to buildings
  • Pathways
  • Walkways
  • Driveways
  • Parking lots

In some cases, those who own or control the property take actions that make a hazard worse. For example, they may only shovel a very narrow walkway, or they do a sloppy job and leave a pile of snow in a dangerous location. They may leave snow in an area that causes black ice.

As well, inside the premises, those who own or control the property must keep the entranceway, floors, and stairs dry. This requires frequent mopping. Signs that read “wet floor” should be utilized.

If these parties don’t safely maintain their property and you’re injured as a result, they could be at fault for your slip-and-fall accident.

What Steps Should You Take After a Fall on Snow or Ice?

If you slipped and fell on ice or snow in New York City, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost income. To protect your right, it’s advisable to take the following steps:

  • Take photographs or video of the slipping hazard.
  • Obtain names and contact information of witnesses.
  • Keep track of all medical expenses.

Don’t Wait! Contact a Slip-and-Fall Attorney

If a municipality, such as the City of New York, is responsible for your slip-and-fall on snow and ice, you must file a slip-and-fall accident claim within ninety days of the date of your accident. Do not delay seeking legal assistance.

The accident attorneys at Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP have over 25 years of experience in handling slip-and-fall accidents. If you sustained an injury as the result of a slip-and-fall on snow and ice, we want to assist you in obtaining compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of wages.

Our firm’s motto is “Don’t Be A Victim Twice.” If you are a victim of a slip-and-fall on snow and ice in New York City, call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) to schedule a free, confidential consultation. You don’t pay us unless we are successful—we guarantee it.

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