Holding Owners and Cities Responsible for Sidewalk Accidents
Attorney Gary Zucker in Brooklyn, New York, represents premises liability cases involving sidewalk accidents. Unevenness, lack of maintenance, or excessive snow buildup on a sidewalk can create conditions that result in an injury. In New York, the responsibility for maintaining sidewalks typically falls on either the owner of the adjacent property or the city.View transcript
We handle many cases involving sidewalk accidents. That is, cases where people have been injured on a sidewalk either as a result of a defective, broken, uneven sidewalk or because snow and ice have accumulated on the sidewalk. The law in New York City was changed recently to now shift the responsibility for maintaining that sidewalk from the city to the adjacent property owner. The only exception to that rule is where the property consists of a one, two, or three-family house, which is also the primary residence of the owner. In those instances, the city remains responsible for the sidewalk, and the maintenance of the sidewalk. In those instances where the city is responsible, there are strict time limits to file a notice of claim with the city in order to preserve your right to bring the lawsuit. So it's important that you contact us right away if you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective, broken, uneven or icy sidewalk.