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Who Can Be Held Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident?

If you’re hurt in a slip and fall accident, it’s natural to wonder who can be held liable for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, there are a number of parties that may be held responsible. Read on to learn more.

Liable Parties In a New York Slip and Fall Accident

In general, there are two main parties that may be responsible for slip and fall injuries, depending on where the unsafe condition existed:

  • The local government
  • A property owner

Local Government

You may be able to hold the local government responsible for a slip and fall accident if it occurred on a sidewalk that:

  • Is on public property or in a public area,
  • Is not adequately maintained to city standards,
  • Is not marked clearly for construction repairs, or
  • Connects a one, two, or three-family home inhabited by the property owner as a residence.

You may become injured if you slip and fall on a sidewalk when ice and snow are present or if the sidewalk flags are uneven. It is also possible to slip and fall as a result of construction hazards that are not marked clearly enough for all passersby.

Property Owner

If you slip and fall on a sidewalk that is in front of any place other than a one, two, or three-family home, the property owner will likely be held responsible for all of the costs associated with your injuries. Consequently, business and rental property owners must maintain the sidewalks that connect their properties.

The city of New York was once responsible for making sure the sidewalks were maintained, but that changed in 2003. From then on, icy sidewalks and maintenance related to broken sidewalks have primarily fallen on the property owner.

We’re Here to Help

If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall accident as a result of another’s negligence, we want to help you recover the damages you deserve.

Call The Odierno Law Firm today at (631) 250-4212 to speak with an attorney about your potential case.