BRONX SIDEWALK ACCIDENT LAWYERS SONIN & GENIS

Every member of our community walks on a sidewalk, and none of us should be unnecessarily exposed to a tripping hazard, which can cause serious harm. Sidewalks must be safe for all people: elderly people, children, disabled people, blind and visually impaired and those that were previously healthy.  When sidewalks are not properly constructed or maintained, preventable injuries occur.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective sidewalk, call one of the experienced, knowledgeable, and hard working Sidewalk Accident lawyers at Sonin & Genis. We are proud that one of our verdicts in a personal injury case was written up as one of the top jury verdicts of the year in the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New York Magazine, and ALM Verdictsearch.

NYC Admin Code Section 19-152 defines a trip hazard and what constitutes a defective sidewalk.

A hazard exists on any sidewalk where there is any of the following:

  • one or more sidewalk flags is missing or the sidewalk was never built;
  • one or more sidewalk flag(s) is cracked to such an extent that one or more pieces of the flag(s) may be loosened or readily removed;
  • an undermined sidewalk flag below which there is a visible void;
  • a loose sidewalk flag that rocks or seesaws;
  • a vertical grade differential between adjacent sidewalk flags greater than or equal to one half inch or a sidewalk flag which contains one or more surface defects of one inch or greater in all horizontal directions and is one half inch or more in depth; or
  • cellar doors that deflect greater than one inch when walked on, are not skid resistant or are otherwise in a dangerous or unsafe condition.

Unfortunately, poorly maintained sidewalks are abundant in New York City and many people are harmed or injured in slip, trip, or fall accidents because of this negligence. It can be the obligation of the property owners, managing agents, municipalities, utility companies like Consolidated Edison, the telephone and cable companies, and various contractors to ensure that the sidewalks and walkways are in proper condition.

Determining who is accountable for the upkeep of a particular piece of sidewalk can be surprisingly difficult. It takes an experienced New York sidewalk accident lawyer to identify the liable parties and bring them to justice. You need a firm like Sonin & Genis who is knowledgeable about all pertinent City, State and National codes, rules and regulations, including New York City Administration Code 19-152, NYC DOT Specifications and Rules, and applicable engineering and construction standards.

When people are needlessly injured by a defective sidewalk, we help get them full compensation for all the harms and losses they have needlessly suffered. By holding owners of sidewalks or other responsible parties accountable, we encourage them to properly maintain and repair the sidewalks and make our sidewalks safer for all members of our community.

When people fall on a sidewalk, it can cause death, paralysis, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), spinal injuries, broken bones, fractures, damages to discs, nerves, muscles and tissues in the spine, to joints and their tendons, ligaments, nerves and cartilage – especially vulnerable joints like knees, shoulders, wrists, feet, ankles and elbows. Protruding, bulging or herniated discs can be disabling. Other disabling injuries include: torn rotator cuffs to shoulders, torn meniscus and chondromalacia to knees, carpal tunnel syndrome to wrists, and other injuries.

Trauma to joints can affect growth cause premature onset of arthritis and degenerative joint disease. Surgery may help but not cure these injuries.

Recovering from these life-altering injuries is not only painful; it requires costly and time-consuming medical treatment, doctor visits and rehabilitation. Costly medical treatment and doctors visits are required to treat these injuries.

Victims are often temporarily or permanently unable to work, or work with difficulty, limitations or restrictions and may have a diminished work life and diminished earnings because of their injuries.

You need a lawyer that understands and knows the engineering, medicine and biomechanics of injury and is able to educate and teach a jury the significance and permanent consequences of these harms and losses, so that a fair jury can provide the helps and fixes that justice requires. You need a lawyer that has the knowledge and ability to successfully cross-examine the stable of defense doctors and litigation experts that the insurance companies routinely rely on to deny liability, causation and damages to deprive injured people their fair compensation.

We have an excellent medical, forensic and engineering reference library.  We read and research medical and other journals regularly.  Our lawyers have taught Continuing Legal Education Classes and published articles on handling these types of cases and these issues.  Our knowledge, hard work and skill have enabled us to win many significant verdicts on behalf of our clients.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a sidewalk accident in New York or the Bronx, the experienced and successful lawyers at Sonin & Genis can assist you in pursuing the required compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering. Known as “the heavy hitters with heart,” Sonin & Genis have been winning multimillion-dollar settlements for sidewalk accident victims for more than thirty years, earning a reputation as tough, committed advocates for the injured.

BRONX PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF ACCIDENT VICTIMS

According to the NYC Administrative Code, a substantial defect shall include any of the following:

  • where one or more sidewalk flags is missing or where the sidewalk was never built;
  • one or more sidewalk flag(s) are cracked to such an extent that one or more pieces of the flag(s) may be loosened or readily removed;
  • an undermined sidewalk flag below which there is a visible void or a loose sidewalk flag that rocks or seesaws;
  • a trip hazard, where the vertical grade differential between adjacent sidewalk flags is greater than or equal to one half inch or where a sidewalk flag contains one or more surface defects of one inch or greater in all horizontal directions and is one half inch or more in depth;
  • improper slope, which shall mean (i) a flag that does not drain toward the curb and retains water, (ii) flag(s) that must be replaced to provide for adequate drainage or (iii) a cross slope exceeding established standards;
  • hardware defects which shall mean (i) hardware or other appurtenances not flush within 1/2″ of the sidewalk surface or (ii) cellar doors that deflect greater than one inch when walked on, are not skid resistant or are otherwise in a dangerous or unsafe condition;
  • a defect involving structural integrity, which shall mean a flag that has a common joint, which is not an expansion joint, with a defective flag and has a crack that meets such common joint and one other joint;
  • non-compliance with DOT specifications for sidewalk construction; and
  • patchwork which shall mean (i) less than full-depth repairs to all or part of the surface area of broken, cracked or chipped flag(s) or (ii) flag(s) which are partially or wholly constructed with asphalt or other unapproved non-concrete material.

Other causes of sidewalk injuries include slippery and unsafe conditions, including hazardous snow and ice conditions, oftentimes made more hazardous or ignored by negligent landlords.

The NYC Administrative Code 16-123 states that the owner, lessee, occupant, or other person, having charge of any building or lot of ground in the city, abutting upon any street where the sidewalk is paved of property shall, within four hours after the snow ceases to fall, or after the deposit of any dirt or other material upon such sidewalk, remove the snow or ice, dirt, or other material from the sidewalk and gutter.

In case the snow and ice on the sidewalk is frozen so hard that it cannot be removed without injury to the pavement, the owner, lessee, occupant or other person having charge of any building or lot of ground, may cause the sidewalk abutting on such premises to be strewed with ashes, sand, sawdust, or some similar suitable material, and shall, as soon thereafter as the weather shall permit, thoroughly clean such sidewalks.

Sometimes landlords fail to properly and timely remove slippery and hazardous snow and ice conditions and fail to place proper substances, and actually make the sidewalk less safe!  Similarly, sometimes landlords fail to properly clean their sidewalks, causing and permitting slippery and unsafe conditions to exist and harm pedestrians.

Sometimes landlords negligently remove snow or ice or use improper chemicals on the sidewalk, which causes the sidewalk to deteriorate and creates defective conditions.

An experienced Bronx sidewalk accident lawyer won’t allow those liable to shirk responsibility and avoid paying for their negligence.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a sidewalk accident it is important to act quickly. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a municipality – whether a building, a school or day care center, a park –  that is owned, operated, managed or funded by the City, such as Housing Preservation & Development [HPD] or the Department of Education, a County, a Public Authority, such as the New York City Housing Authority [NYCHA], owned by the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation [NYCH&HC], at a train or bus station involving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority [MTA], New York City Transit Authority [NYCTA], Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority [MABSTOA], Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit Authority, Port Authority of NY & NJ, New York Sports Authority (or countless other public entities), the State or Federal government – a Notice of Claim is usually required, a legal document that explains your claim, and must usually be prepared by your attorneys and served on the municipality within 90 days of injury, and sometimes sooner. Some private entities receive federal funds, and a claim must be filed with the federal government. Because wherever possible records must be obtained and reviewed before the Notice of Claim is prepared and filed, time is of the essence and it is vital that you act quickly!

At Sonin & Genis, we know that you have more important things to worry about than getting records and preparing and filing legal documents, so we take of everything so that you can focus on taking care of your family, so call the experienced New York Sidewalk lawyers at Sonin & Genis.

There are short Statutes of Limitations within which to commence a lawsuit to protect your rights, so it is important to act quickly!

If you or a loved one has suffered a debilitating injury, call Sonin & Genis (718-561-4444) to speak to an expert Bronx Sidewalk lawyer today.

HIRING AN EXPERT BRONX SIDEWALK ACCIDENT LAWYER

An expert Bronx sidewalk accident lawyer should be capable of handling your case efficiently and effectively. They must be able to gather testimony, witnesses, identify key evidence, and, if necessary, make a convincing case in court. Not all personal injury lawyers are eager to put cases before a jury. Not so with Sonin & Genis.

We believe a jury is the conscience of the community and sets the standard for safety in their community. A verdict against those that unnecessarily expose the community to harm benefits the community and makes it safer.

Sonin & Genis’ work as legal authors and educators is an extension of our commitment to society. Not only have we won multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients, our work has led to a safer community by forcing others to exercise reasonable care so as to avoid unnecessarily exposing others to needless harms and losses. In fact, many of our clients are referred from other New York personal injury lawyers who send their toughest cases to the “go to lawyers,” secure in the knowledge that with Sonin & Genis they will be in the best possible hands.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident you need a lawyer committed to justice and able to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries. Call Sonin & Genis (718-561-4444) to speak to an expert Bronx sidewalk accident lawyer today.

*Sonin & Genis has taught CLE classes on sidewalk accident cases