Manhattan Sidewalk Accident Lawyers Getting Clients Positive Results
New York City is known for its sprawling streets and easy-to-reach destinations on foot. Thousands of New Yorkers and visitors rely on their feet to get from place to place throughout the city. Unfortunately, not all sidewalks are properly maintained. This can lead to serious slip and fall and trip and fall accidents.
If you have been injured by a dangerous sidewalk condition, Mark E. Seitelman Law Offices, P.C., can work with you to seek compensation for your medical costs and other damages. At our law firm, we pride ourselves on providing legal representation that is both personal and responsive to the needs of each client we serve.
Our firm takes a holistic approach to slip and fall accidents cases because we believe in understanding all factors involved including:
- The location where the victim was injured because of a sidewalk accident
- Any changes that have been made to the property since the accident
- Whether or not the city was involved in maintaining the area where the victim was injured
We will use this information, along with any evidence we can collect from witnesses and law enforcement officials, to build a strong case. Our New York personal injury attorneys also provide an initial free consultation so you know all of your options. For legal representation and advice on how to best move forward with your case, contact Mark E. Seitelman Law Offices, P.C. today at 212-962-2649.
Why Do Sidewalk Accidents Happen in Manhattan?
There are a variety of reasons why sidewalk accidents tend to happen in New York City. Some of the most common include:
Failed Repairs – In many cases, damage to sidewalks happens as a result of failed repairs. For instance, an accident caused by a divot in the sidewalk could have been avoided if the divot had been patched up or replaced. Repairing or replacing dangerous sidewalks is typically the responsibility of local authorities and government agency in New York City in order to ensure people can use them safely. Sidewalk defects such as a broken sidewalk can lead to serious injuries.
Failure to Properly Maintain Sidewalks – It’s not uncommon for pedestrians in dense areas like Manhattan to trip over uneven pavement or patches where grass has grown through cracks in between pavers. A lack of regular maintenance can also create hazards where sidewalks meet roads, steps, staircases, or other paved surfaces. When this happens, the property owner that hasn’t kept up its end of the bargain could be held responsible for any resulting accidents.
Snow and Ice – Slippery conditions are another common reason why people fall on New York City sidewalks. When snowfall is heavier than anticipated or doesn’t melt off quickly enough in warmer weather, it can create hazardous conditions all over the sidewalk including areas with no nearby streetlight to cast light on them. If someone falls because of ice or snow on a sidewalk, a negligent property owner may be liable for damages if they failed to take proper steps to warn pedestrians or clear their sidewalks properly.
A defective sidewalk may not seem like much on the surface but it can lead to an accident victim sustaining a serious personal injury. Get in touch with us if you are suffering from sidewalk accident injuries so you can get the compensation you deserve.
What Financial Damages Can I Seek in My Sidewalk Accident Lawsuit?
Depending on the severity of your accident, you may be able to seek the following types of damages for your sidewalk accident:
Medical expenses – The cost of emergency room care, hospital stays, medical tests and treatments, medications, and long-term therapies could add up very quickly. You may be entitled to reimbursement for all medical expenses related to your accident.
Lost income – If you can’t go back to work because of your injuries, we can help get compensation for lost wages from your employer. Other factors such as how long it takes before you’re well enough to return full-time and whether or not it’s feasible for you to do your old job are taken into consideration.
Permanent disability – If you become permanently disabled because of your sidewalk accident, you could be entitled to compensation for future medical costs as well as pain and suffering. We will take all factors into account when assessing the full scope of the impact it has had on your life.
Loss of quality of life – If your injuries make it difficult or nearly impossible to perform daily tasks like housework, cooking, driving, and socializing with friends and family, we can help get compensation for the loss of enjoyment that comes from such a drastic change in lifestyle.
Pain and Suffering – If you incurred injuries that made it impossible to move around, go about your daily routine, and/or enjoy life as much as before, we can help get compensation for this pain and suffering.
Permanent Disfigurement – If a scar or other disfigurement remains on the body after an accident, you could be entitled to damages for the negative consequences of such a disfigurement. For example, if a scar makes you look less attractive or leads others to treat you differently because of its appearance, there may be room for financial recovery.
If you have suffered a serious injury from a trip and fall accident due to a broken sidewalk, let us help you make sure the owner of the property you were injured on is held liable for their negligence.
How Can a Manhattan Sidewalk Accident Lawyer Help Me?
If you were injured due to a broken or defective sidewalk, you could be entitled to compensation from the negligent party.
We know how burdensome it can be for sidewalk accident victims to seek justice against negligent property owners on their own and that’s why we’re ready and willing to take on your case any time day or night so you can focus on getting better as quickly as possible instead of worrying about the constant fight ahead of you.
We will work with you to negotiate the best possible settlement for you with the insurance company or entity responsible for paying out your claim. We can also represent you in court and fight for fair compensation if a settlement can’t be reached. From proving liability and the extent of your injuries to filing your claim itself, we can simplify your life going forward.
What are the Benefits of Hiring a Sidewalk Accident Lawyer?
Because of our combined experience handling various types of personal injury claims over the years, we can help you get the compensation you deserve for your sidewalk accident injuries.
You can rely on us to file your claim for you, answer all of your questions, keep you updated on the status of your case, and deal with the insurance company – so you don’t have to. We aim to make each step as straightforward as possible for our clients. Reach out to Mark E. Seitelman Law Offices, P.C. at 212-962-2649 to learn more about your legal options going forward.