Snow & Ice Accidents

Kingston Snow & Ice Accident Skilled Attorney

Clearing snow with shovel after stormProtecting the rights of Hudson Valley clients injured in snow and ice accidents

Pedestrians who navigate the walkways of Kingston, Ulster County, and New York State are at risk for injuries related to slip and falls. Out of the many hazards facing pedestrians, snow and ice can cause some of the most serious injuries. If you slip and fall on the sidewalks or streets of your community, you could face injuries, including spinal cord damage, bone fractures, concussions, and more. These injuries can lead to years of devastating financial burdens. Some injuries can stay dormant before affecting your life and livelihood. According to the laws of New York, property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from their property in a reasonable amount of time. The conditions of the sidewalks are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. If a property owner did not clear the walking surface of the snow and ice within the guidelines set out by the municipality or knew or should have known about the condition, you may be able to recover damages.  If you need an Ulster County attorney to see that you are justly compensated for your injuries, contact Jeff Brody Injury Law.

After your accident

If you are seriously injured on snow or ice, get medical attention immediately. When you get medical attention, the professional will document your injuries, the place you were injured, and the approximate time of the injury. Once you have tended to your medical needs, consider collecting evidence for yourself. If you are able, take pictures of the scene with your cell phone. Weather conditions can change quickly. What was once a sheet of ice can turn into a puddle and evaporate within hours. If there were witnesses to your injury, ask for their contact information to support your claim later on.

Snow and ice removal

Property owners of Kingston, Ulster County, and all of New York State are responsible for the timely removal of snow and ice from the walking and driving surfaces of their property. In regards to sidewalks, the adjacent property is responsible for the conditions. When they are obligated to remove these hazards depends on the guidelines of the hamlet, village, town, or city you reside in. Our law firm is in the city of Kingston, New York. Property owners are responsible for keeping walking surfaces clear of snow and ice at all times unless the intensity of the frost makes it impossible. When this is the case, the responsible party should spread ash, sand, or other material in a manner that allows for the safe passage of pedestrians. Snow and ice shall be removed from sidewalks within 12 hours after each snow storm unless mandated sooner by notice of the Superintendent or police officer of the city. If you navigated the walkways of your community before the property owner is responsible for the removal of the snow or ice, you may not be able to sue for damages as you have taken the risk to walk through dangerous conditions.

Contact an Ulster County law firm

If you have been injured in a snow and ice slip and fall, you have a lot to consider about your legal options. You may be entitled to damages if you can prove the negligence of the property owner. Snow and Ice slip and falls can be quite serious. You could recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and more. If you need an attorney committed to clients and passionate about the law, contact Jeff Brody Injury Law. Mr. Brody has over 30 years of experience guiding clients through their legal options and effectively representing their interests. If you need our legal services, contact Jeff Brody Injury Law for a free consultation.