New Yorkers love to walk. We walk to the subway on the way to work. We walk our children to school and to the playground. We even walk to our favorite restaurant when we go out to eat. New Yorkers get around by foot so much that many do not even own a car. All the more reason why it’s important that our sidewalks be safe and free from dangerous tripping hazards.
In New York City, the Administrative Code requires property owners to maintain the sidewalk abutting their property in a reasonably safe condition. The Code also holds property owners liable for personal injuries caused by their failure to maintain such sidewalk in a reasonably safe condition.
As anyone who has walked in New York City can attest, not all sidewalks are safe. Many are uneven, broken and cracked, oftentimes through a property owner’s neglect, other times from contractors who open the sidewalk but fail to restore it to its original condition. Such conditions create dangerous tripping hazards for pedestrians, especially the elderly and the mobility impaired, and can cause serious, life-changing injuries.
If you’ve been injured after tripping and falling due to a dangerous sidewalk condition, it is important that you contact one of the experienced attorneys at Kramer, Dunleavy & Ratchik, PLLC right away. Our attorneys will take the steps necessary to preserve critical evidence and to protect your rights.