Dangerous Public Sidewalks
What to Do If You Were Injured on a New York City Sidewalk
In New York City, pedestrians can easily be injured by defective sidewalks.
New York City is home to many people who walk to school, work, and social
gatherings on a daily basis. When a sidewalk is negligently maintained,
these pedestrians are at risk of a
slip and fall accident or a trip and fall accident. If you have been injured by a defect in a
sidewalk, you should
contact one of the experienced Brooklyn injury lawyers at Belushin Law Firm to discuss your legal rights.
Who is liable in these types of cases?
Sidewalks have specific rules for their construction and maintenance, including
rules preventing uneven surfaces, regulating the slope of the surface,
and requiring inspection and repair on a regular basis. Failure to comply
with these regulations can create a sidewalk that causes pedestrians to
trip and fall while walking on the sidewalk.
When there is a defect in a sidewalk, the victim must determine whether
the sidewalk is privately owned or owned by the city. Privately owned
sidewalks are the responsibility of the property owner to maintain and
repair. Public sidewalks, however, are the responsibility of the city
or town in which they are located. It can be very difficult for a victim
to ascertain the identity of the owner of the sidewalk, and if the owner
is the city or town, there is a ninety day time limit for filing a claim.
This is why it is crucial to contact an experienced
Brooklyn personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident so that your law firm can handle
the investigation and make sure your claim is filed on time.
Injuries Caused by Sidewalk Accidents
Some trip and fall accidents are not serious, and the victim heals in a
short period of time. However, many of these accidents cause serious and
permanent injury. Some of the common injuries from trip-and-fall accidents
include broken bones, such as bones in the hands, arms, legs, and hips.
The points of impact with the sidewalk are especially at risk for broken
bones, and can include elbows, knees, and in some cases, the head or face.
A broken bone is a serious injury that can take months to heal and sometimes
requires surgical intervention.
In addition to broken bones, victims of fall accidents can also suffer
cuts, contusions, or lacerations. These injuries can heal over time, but
they often leave permanent scarring on the victim in places that are visible
in their everyday life. Victims can also suffer serious muscular injury,
also known as soft tissue injury. Damage to the shoulders, knees, and
back are common and serious soft-tissue injuries from slip and fall accidents.
The damage from one of these injuries can be permanent, and can also require
extensive physical therapy and pain medication.
Call Belushin Law Firm for Experienced Injury Representation
If you have suffered broken bones, wounds, or muscle injury from a trip-and
fall on a defective public sidewalk, you need to speak with a Brooklyn
personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to make sure your claim is
filed promptly. Get in touch with Belushin Law Firm to get help from a
firm that has recovered millions of dollars in compensation.
Call 888-918-9890 for a
free consultation regarding your claim!