Q: I tripped and fell over an uneven sidewalk in NYC. Who is liable for my injuries?

With a change in the law in 2003, the responsibility for maintaining sidewalks within the City of New York shifted from the City itself to the owner of the adjacent property in most instances. There are however situations in which the City or some other entity such as Con Edison or the New York City Transit Authority may still be responsible and you may have as little as 90 days to file your claim. Contact us immediately if you have fallen on a sidewalk and sustained serious injuries, so that we can determine who is responsible for your accident and file the necessary claim forms in time.

Q: What should I do if I am injured on someone else’s property?

If you are injured on someone else’s property, take note of the surroundings and the hazard which caused you to fall. If you have a camera or mobile phone with photo capturing ability, try to take photos of the hazard as this may serve as evidence of the condition of the property at the time of injury. If there are any witnesses, ask for their contact information or a written statement of the accident from their perspective. If you are in a business setting, the business will probably require that you submit an accident report at the time of the incident. Be sure to retain a copy of this report for your records. In the upcoming days and weeks, keep clear records of any medical treatment needed and document any missed work which occurred as a result of you injury. Most importantly, contact a personal injury attorney who can review your case and inform you of the best course of action to receive compensation for your suffering and lost wages.

Q: As a homeowner, what am I required to do to ensure that I am not liable for damages should someone slip and fall on my property?

As a property owner, it is your responsibility to maintain a safe environment for all visitors to your property. If there is a defective condition, you must warn individuals of the hazard and correct it in a timely manner. Regular maintenance will ensure that you are aware of any unsafe condition and are able to fix it to avoid injury to others. The extent of liability, if any, can vary depending on each situation, so it is best to consult a qualified personal injury lawyer who is familiar with the specific laws of your local jurisdiction.