Our Practice Area :
Sidewalk trip and fall:
Sidewalk defects are very common. The New York Department of Transportation replaces more than 2 million square feet of sidewalk per year. In New York City, the abutting property owner generally has duty to maintain sidewalks in a reasonably safe condition. If the sidewalk abuts a one, two, or three family home that is used exclusively for residential purposes and is owner occupied, the City is responsible for keeping the sidewalk in good repair. This includes not only constructing a sidewalk, but repairing and repaving the sidewalk if necessary. This is a duty required by law.
Sidewalks can have many obvious or not so obvious cracks, bumps, holes, broken pieces, uneven concrete, roots, or other obstructions that may cause you to fall and become injured. Many people think it is embarrassing to be injured by a fall on a sidewalk, but that should not discourage you from holding the right people responsible. You are not at fault if a hazard exists on a sidewalk and it causes you to fall.
While sometimes trips or slips and falls result in only minor bruises or scrapes, other times they can cause broken bones, concussions, or spinal injuries. These injuries are serious and can not only cost you medical expenses but also can cause you to miss work, in additional to daily pain. If you have been injured due to the failure of a landowner to repair their sidewalks, you deserve to be compensated.
At the law office of Manuel Moses, Esq., I can assist you in determining what your rights are after you have fallen over a poorly maintained sidewalk. You may contact me for a free consultation at 212-736-2624, extension 11.
Disclaimer: Nothing on this page constitutes formal legal advice and you are strongly urged to consult a lawyer about your injury and potential law suit.