Who is Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident in New York?

Who is Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident in New York?

In New York City, there are millions of people who walk every day. This is whether it may be to get to where they need to be, as exercise, or leisure. This is a simple activity that should never end in injury. However, accidents can happen if the grounds are hazardous. This may be the case if the property owner does not take care of the grounds, leading to potentially life-changing injuries. If you were harmed in a slip and fall accident, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New York slip and fall attorney for help recovering compensation.

What are Examples of Accidents?

Slip and fall accidents can occur in a variety of different locations in New York. This can include sidewalks, streets, parking lots, etc. This may be the case in the event of the following:

  • Hazardous sidewalks
  • Weather conditions (snow, ice, standing water)
  • Potholes, uneven pavement, cracked surfaces
  • Loose debris
  • Hazardous materials
  • Slippery substances

Who is Liable for an Accident?

In the state of New York, property owners are legally required to make sure their grounds are safe for others to come onto without being harmed. This is required of private citizens, public stores, private companies, or municipal properties. It is important to be aware that property owners are also liable for the sidewalk that is adjacent to their property. This means they have to care for it as well, such as after inclement weather like snow or ice. New York property owners have a window of time from the end of a snowfall to clean up and keep others safe. If a person is injured within that time, they may not have a case. If the injury occurs after the fact, the property owner may be held responsible. 

How do I Prove Negligence?

When a person is injured in a slip and fall accident, they can pursue legal action to recover compensation for the damages stemming from it. This can be done by filing a personal injury claim in which they are required to prove negligence directly caused their injuries. To do so, the injured party must gather evidence that shows the property owner was aware of the hazardous conditions and did not fix it. Evidence that can be helpful for a case can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures of the hazard, any witnesses to the incident, and more.

Contact our Firm

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!