Sidewalk Accident Attorney in Kingston, NY
Protecting Hudson Valley victims of sidewalk accidents
When we navigate the streets of our communities, we are constantly faced with hazards that put us in danger. Sidewalks are no exception. The sidewalks of New York are riddled with different hazards that can cause a multitude of injuries including broken bones, muscle damage, spinal cord injuries, serious concussions, and more. These injuries can lead to overwhelming medical bills and lost wages that can seriously impact your future. Some injuries caused by a sidewalk accident can stay dormant for years before devastating your life. If you are injured because someone did not take the proper care of their sidewalk, you should consider your legal options. If you can establish that the hazard that caused your serious injury was known or should have been known by the party responsible for the sidewalk, you may be entitled to damages that will help you with medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you need quality legal services related to a Kingston, Ulster County, or New York State sidewalk accident, contact Jeff Brody Injury Law for a free consultation.
Who is liable for my sidewalk accident?
If you suffer from a serious injury caused by a sidewalk accident, you may wonder who is responsible for your condition. Though you may believe that the government is responsible for sidewalks, this is often not the case unless the sidewalk is next to government property. In most cases, the adjacent property owner is responsible for the conditions of the sidewalk. They are responsible for keeping the sidewalk clean and clear of hazards that could harm a passerby. They must maintain their sidewalk up to the standard of the Department of Transportation. The adjacent property owner may keep their section of sidewalk reasonably clear of:
- Weather-related hazards
- Uneven, cracked, raised, and depressed surfaces
- Slippery substances
- Loose debris
If the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard and did not take the necessary steps to fix the problem, you may have a valid personal injury case. In regards to weather conditions, a property owner has a certain amount of time to rectify the snow, ice, or standing water after a storm. However, if you were injured before the time given to clear the weather-related hazard, the property owner would most likely not be held accountable.
It is important to note that when you are injured on a sidewalk, you need to establish the negligence of the property owner. In order to do so, you may need to prove that a condition existed. First of all, seek medical attention. The medical professional will tend to your needs while documenting the injury, the place of the injury, and the approximate time it occurred. If you can, take pictures of the conditions, talk to witnesses, and collect any other information that will help your case. Regarding weather-related conditions, these hazards can disappear within the hour. It is important to have evidence of the condition before the property owner or Mother Nature erases it.
Contact an Ulster County sidewalk accident attorney
Jeff Brody Injury Law has fought for victims of personal injury cases for over 30 years. If you have suffered serious injury because of a sidewalk accident, contact Jeff Brody. The firm will assess your case, explain your legal options, and effectively represent your interests in and out of court. If you need our legal services, contact our firm for a free consultation.