Winter in New York City is a beautiful time of the year. While the snowfall can be picturesque, it can also be dangerous. Sidewalks and stairways may become slippery and especially hazardous. As a result, it is important to know what to do in the event that an injury occurs. Read on for more information regarding snow & ice accidents in New York City.
How Do Snow & Ice Accidents Occur?
Snow & ice accidents can occur on any slippery surface. But, some surfaces may be especially hazardous in the cold weather. The most common places these accidents occur include sidewalks, stairways, and parking lots. Unfortunately, snow & ice accidents occur often and can result in serious injury.
Who is Responsible for a Snow & Ice Accident?
New York City property owners are legally responsible for keeping their properties safe and maintained. This applies to homeowners, businesses, stores, and municipal buildings. Property owners have a certain window of time after a rain or snowfall event to clean their properties of ice and snow. This window of time differs by municipality, so you should contact a personal injury attorney to find out whether your accident occurred outside this window. If a property owner fails to keep his or her property maintained, and an injury occurs, the property owner may be held responsible.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you are injured in a snow & ice accident in New York City, you will have to file your personal injury claim on time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New York, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years. This means that if you fail to file within three years from the date of the accident, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve. To avoid this, contact a skilled personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a snow & ice accident in New York City, contact our firm today. We understand the toll an injury can take and we want to help you fight to recover the compensation you deserve.
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A personal injury accident can have a great impact on your life and your bank account. At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!