Winters in New York City can be brutal from low temperatures to snowstorms. In the last 2 weeks, New York has seen its snowiest February in over 5 years. Snow on the sidewalks is a major cause of slip and fall accidents in the winter and can lead to serious injuries.
Though slip and falls are usually not intentional, they are caused by negligence by the property owners. Under New York City laws, the owner or manager of the property must remove ice and snow from the sidewalks that adjoin their property within four hours of a snowfall. Slip and fall injuries can be serious and can result in the following: fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and/or broken bones.
What should you do after a slip on snow or ice?
If you recently slipped and fell on ice or snow in New York due to the negligence of the property owner or manager, then you may be eligible to recover compensation. After an accident, it is important that you take the following steps:
· Seek medical treatment. Often, the seriousness of the possible injuries may not be immediately apparent. It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible.
· Take photographs of the area where you fell as soon as possible. Snow and ice conditions can change quickly so timely photos are important.
· Contact an attorney. After a slip and fall, you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim in New York City. If the property is a government entity, you have 90 days to file a notice of claim.
Tips to prevent snow and ice accidents
If you are a property owner or manager, you need to make sure that all snow is removed from your walkways and sidewalks. Also, remember to spread rock salt to prevent the formation of ice.
If you are a pedestrian, take precautions when going outside after a snowfall. Wear proper footwear or snow boots to making walking in the snow easier and safer.
Please stay safe and warm. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall snow and ice-related accident, please contact Avanzino and Moreno at 718-802-1616.
Avanzino & Moreno, LLC, offers this information solely for your entertainment. It is not legal advice and should not be considered as such. This information does not confer any promise or guarantee of outcome, monetary damages, legal services, or success in any particular case