When person slips on ice or snow, some people think the weather is to blame. New York law may hold otherwise. Depending on the circumstances, the owner of the property abutting the sidewalk or parking lot may be liable.
At Godosky & Gentile, our lawyers represent people who suffer serious injuries after slipping and falling on ice or snow in New York City. For a free case evaluation, call us at 800-538-1768.
When Is The Property Owner Liable?
In New York, property owners have a duty to maintain the sidewalks abutting their property. This includes the responsibility to clear ice and snow.
Following a snowfall or freezing rain, property owners must begin clearing the ice and snow within four hours and must complete the job in a reasonable time. Here are some examples of snow and ice conditions that may result in property owner or landlord liability:
- Long-standing slippery conditions
- Improperly cleared sidewalks
- Icy conditions caused by water that leaked onto the sidewalk from a downspout or other area adjoining the sidewalk
- Sloped sidewalks that allow water to collect and freeze
Property owners often take steps to clear sidewalks after an accident happens. To prove the property owner was negligent, it's important to take pictures of the snowy or icy sidewalk conditions and contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Contact Us Today If You Slipped And Fell On Ice Or Snow
There is never a charge to discuss your slip-and-fall accident case with an attorney at our firm. We accept no legal fees until and unless we obtain a verdict or settlement on your behalf. Call us toll free at 800-538-1768 today, or contact us online.