New York Personal Injury Lawyers for Victims Injured on the Sidewalks
New York is a bustling place filled with sidewalks and walkways for pedestrians to get around. These sidewalks and walkways cut paths between buildings, throughout neighborhoods, and make it easy to maneuver around cities. However, the sidewalks of New York can be dangerous at times. A single NYC sidewalk violation can cause tragedy and irreparable damage when someone sustains a serious injury from a fall because of a hazard that should have been addressed. Sidewalk and walkway falls account for a large majority of pedestrian injuries within the metropolitan area. These injuries can be severe in nature, depending on the fall itself. If you or a loved one have suffered the tragedy of a serious injury because of a fall on one of the sidewalks of New York, call The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, today. Our experienced attorneys will represent your interests and fight aggressively to get you the compensation you deserve.
Why do I need an attorney for a New York sidewalk accident?
It is not always common knowledge that if a New York sidewalk or walkway abuts up to a building, then that property owner is responsible for maintaining that sidewalk or walkway in a safe and reasonable fashion. If someone is injured from a fall because of the property owner’s failure to do so, then the property owner may be liable for those injuries. The property owner and their insurance company do not always voluntarily take responsibility for a legitimate claim. When they do, it is not uncommon for them to minimize the claim and try to get away with paying as little as possible, rather than what is rightfully due. An experienced sidewalk injury attorney can help victims attain full compensation for their injuries.
What are the most common causes of New York sidewalk or walkway accidents?
As people walk along the sidewalks of New York, they often trust that they are safe. It is not uncommon for people to walk casually while texting, talking on a cell phone, or reading a map. Most people do not stop to examine the sidewalk or walkway that they are following for potential hazards, and it is unfortunate that it is even necessary to do so. Many different elements can cause a tragic accident on a New York sidewalk or walkway. Some of the most commonly seen causes include uneven bricks or walkway stones, broken or cracked sidewalks, iced over or snow-covered sidewalks, and even trip hazards such as cords being stretched across walkways or slippery liquids left unaddressed.
What are some of the most common injuries sustained on New York sidewalks and walkways?
The injuries sustained on these sidewalks and walkways can range from minor to catastrophic in nature. The nature of the injuries sustained ranges with the circumstances surrounding each case. Minor injuries could include some bruising and a twisted ankle, or more severe injuries could result in a bulging or herniated discs that would require surgery. Many injuries include broken bones and/or even stitches. It is not unreasonable to ask to be able to walk down the sidewalk without fear of injury. Many times these injuries require expensive medical treatment and time away from work adding insult to injury.
How much money can I be awarded for an injury sustained on a New York sidewalk?
The amount and type of damages awarded will vary with each case, and likely depend on factors such as the severity of the injuries sustained. Each case is different and treated on an individual basis, so there is no general answer to this question. However, The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, will fight aggressively to ensure that your medical bills are paid, and you recover any lost wages from work, as well as recover any other financial compensation you may be due. We will thoroughly investigate your case and use tough negotiation strategies to ensure that we recover the maximum amount of financial compensation for you.
Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
Most often these types of claims are premises liability claims. Since the property owner of the building in front of the sidewalk is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk or walkway in a safe and reasonable manner, they become responsible for any injuries sustained because of a failure to do so. This means that the laws of a premises liability claim would apply more appropriately than a personal injury claim. The difference really lies more in the type of claim filed and the way the law is applied so a personal injury lawyer can handle a premises liability claim. However, it is best to be represented by an attorney who has extensive experience in both, such as those at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC.
What is the statute of limitations on these types of claims?
Generally, the statute of limitations on a New York premises liability claim is three years from the date of injury. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For instance, if the victim is a minor then the statute of limitations is extended. Additionally, if the accident happens in front of a municipal building and your claim is against a municipality or a public corporation, then the statute of limitations can be much shorter. There may also be certain notices or documentation that must be filed within certain time constraints. An attorney with extensive experience in New York sidewalk injuries can give more detailed information on these extenuating circumstances. At The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, we are always happy to listen to your story, review the facts of your case, and present you with your options.
Call an experienced attorney after your New York sidewalk accident
If you or a loved one have sustained serious injuries after an accident on the sidewalks of New York, call The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, immediately. Our attorneys have extensive experience and a proven track record of success representing New York sidewalk accident victims. Our highly skilled attorneys work closely with experts in the field to investigate thoroughly while preparing and presenting the strongest argument available so you can recover the full amount of financial compensation in your case. We will fight aggressively for your rights as a victim and represent your best interests so that you can concentrate on recovering. You can call the toll free number at (877) 675-4529 to set up your initial consultation, or you can fill out our consultation request form and we will get in touch with you shortly. If you have been the victim of a preventable accident on the sidewalks of New York and sustained serious injuries, please don’t hesitate to call and contact our office immediately to speak with a sidewalk and walkway accident attorney.