How to Seek Compensation for Dangerous NYC Sidewalks
From misleading curbs to massive cracks in the concrete, New York City sidewalks have become infamous for causing harm over the years. Because New York is America’s largest and most well-traversed city, property owners have a clear responsibility to repair any sidewalk damages, and prevent passerby from becoming injured.
In spite of this fact, the NYC sidewalks can be incredibly dangerous, leading to injuries that require extended periods of healing time. If you trip and fall, Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P. will help you discover the reason and determine who is liable for your injuries. Bringing over a century of experience and 30 years in business, we understand how to pursue defective and damaged sidewalk cases and win on your behalf.
What Makes NYC Sidewalks Dangerous?
Unlike Marilyn Monroe’s character in the Seven Year Itch, most citizens feel uncomfortable walking over exposed grates and sidewalk cracks throughout the city — and with good reason. Carelessly adjusted grates, along with broken and cracked sidewalk portions, have led many New York denizens to fall and break hips, ankles, and more. These defects only become more difficult to avoid during the icy winter months, when ice water seeps into pavement cracks and forces the entire block to rise.
Here are some of the most common defects you might encounter:
- Broken curbs
- Severe road bumps
- Raised or broken flagstones
- Improperly fitted grates
Depending on the nature of the broken or damaged sidewalk, your injuries could range from minor scrapes and bruises to more serious wounds. Spinal cord injuries, fractures, and other debilitating injuries are very common, and may require thousands of dollars in medical treatments.
How Can I Get Compensation for Sidewalk Injuries?
Dangerous to the able-bodied and disabled alike, New York City planners have often come under fire for failing to meet the standards outlined in the American Disabilities Act (ADA). But in 2003, the liability for these sidewalk issues was placed back onto property owners (aside from those with 1-3 family properties.) That means that when you trip and fall, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to sue the city successfully.
With the help of our skilled attorneys, however, you may be able to hold the property owner accountable. We’re well-versed in NYC sidewalk injury legislation, and we’re committed to helping our clients heal. At Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P., we truly believe in serving people with our legal abilities, and we’ll do everything in our power to pursue justice.
Ready to get started? Call (646) 681-7055 today to speak with our experienced legal team!