NEW YORK SNOW AND ICE ACCIDENT LAWYERS SONIN & GENIS
Slipping and falling on ice can result in serious injury and disability. The unnecessary harms and losses sustained in these preventable snow and ice accidents may be due to negligence on the part of a property owner failing to properly remove snow and ice from their premises.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to snow or ice, call one of the Snow & Ice 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.
In NYC, landlords have obligations under the NYC Administrative Code Section 16-123 to properly clear and make sidewalks safe within a few hours of snowfall. NYC Administrative Code also requires building owners to properly maintain their sidewalks and remove slippery and dangerous snow and ice conditions, and place salt, sand or ash to melt or make safer the sidewalk. There are also Safety Standards that should be followed, such as ASTM F 1637.
When owners violate the law and needlessly expose the public to unsafe conditions that cause harm, they should be held accountable and compensate those that they harmed, which also encourages other landlords to safely maintain their premises and sidewalks, which makes all of us safer.
At Sonin & Genis we have successful examples of investigating, litigating, and gaining compensation for victims whose snow or ice accident was caused by another party’s negligence. New York snow and ice accident cases are rarely straightforward, but our personal injury lawyers never back away from a difficult case. In fact, we are known as the “go-to lawyers,” because many of our cases are referred from other attorneys who trust us to triumph in even the most challenging cases.
COMMON CAUSES OF NEW YORK SNOW AND ICE ACCIDENTS
Slipping and falling can happen on any surface where there’s ice or packed snow, whether it’s on a flat surface, a raised platform, a ramp, or steps.
The number of pedestrians and riders of public transportation in New York City, combined with icy winters, leads to a high number of snow and ice accidents.
Common negligent causes of snow and ice injuries include:
- Inadequate removal of snow and ice
- Failure to use adequate salt, sand, or ash
- Accumulation of snow left for too long
- Icy handrails
- failure to properly maintain and clean overhanging objects
- failure to remove hanging icicles
- Walk that haven’t been swept reasonably clean of snow to enable safe passage
Sonin & Genis’ New York snow and ice accident attorneys will gather all necessary evidence, weather records and determine if the cause of your accident was something that could’ve been prevented.
We earned the name “heavy hitters with heart” for our compassion for our clients, and are determined to win. No matter who is responsible be it a property owner, managing agent, contractor, or municipality, Sonin & Genis will fight tirelessly to obtain a just verdict.
WHO NEEDS AN EXPERT BRONX PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
You may be a resident of the premises, a maintenance worker at the location, or just a visitor passing through; if you’ve been the victim of a snow and ice accident you are eligible for representation and deserve compensation for your pain and suffering.
Sonin & Genis will research all the facts of the case, get the weather records and the details of what happened in the days leading up to your accident, do the legwork necessary to find relevant witnesses and expert testimony as to the hazards that were present. Our expert New York snow and ice accident attorneys will identify and pursue all the parties responsible: who owned the property, who maintained or operated or managed it, who may have caused or contributed to creating the hazardous conditions, who failed to properly perform their duties and maintain the area safely for public use?
Slip and fall and snow and ice injuries result in a wide range of serious injuries that can require long-term or even lifelong treatment. That’s we why excel at recouping full compensation for all harms and losses sustained, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, medical reimbursement for our clients, in addition to lost wages during recovery.
Snow and ice accidents can cause a multitude of injuries including death, Traumatic Brain Injury, spine injuries and paralysis, 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 cause or aggravate painful and disabling 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 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.
It’s 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, a sidewalk, a vehicle – 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], was improperly treated at the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation [NYCH&HC], on a train or bus 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. 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 Snow & Ice 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!
*Sonin & Genis has taught CLE classes on snow and ice accident cases