Sidewalk Accident Attorney Serving New Jersey & New York
When swarming with other pedestrians and pets, or during inclement weather, navigating a city sidewalk can be challenging. When landowners or local governments allow sidewalks to fall into disrepair, it can become downright impossible to use them without risking injury. If you’ve been hurt by a trip-and-fall caused by a poorly-maintained sidewalk, you might have a right to money damages to help you afford your medical expenses and make up for any missed work. Speak with New Jersey sidewalk accident attorney Andrew R. Jacobs after an accident to determine if you may have a legal claim for compensation.
Who has a duty to keep sidewalks safe?
In order to determine whether someone is liable for injuries resulting from a sidewalk trip-and-fall, an investigating attorney will need a number of facts: the city and state in which the sidewalk was located, and the type of building in front of which the sidewalk was located.
New York City Accepts Responsibility for Falls In Front of Homes
New York City has a unique set of laws regarding liability for sidewalk injuries. New York requires businesses, houses of worship, multi-family homes and certain other commercial occupants to maintain “reasonably safe” sidewalks, free of accumulated snow and ice, unreasonably large cracks in the pavement, or other tripping hazards. If these commercial building owners or houses of worship fail to maintain the sidewalk after becoming aware of a hazard, then the owners may be financially liable to a person injured on their sidewalk. If the building is a single-family residence, duplex, or triplex, or if it is a City-owned property, then the City of New York would become the party liable for injuries caused by the sidewalk, or for hazardous snow or ice allowed to accumulate there. These claims against the City involve a number of rigid time limits for filing, and the assistance of an attorney in seeking damages from the City of New York is critical.
New Jersey requires less of residential landowners
New Jersey employs somewhat lower standards for sidewalk trip-and-fall liability. While commercial building owners have a similar duty to keep sidewalks safe for passersby, only certain cities in New Jersey require landowners to clear the sidewalk after a storm. In many cities, there is no responsibility for sidewalks in front of residences to be safe from any tripping hazards or precipitation. One exception to this rule is that, if the hazard was introduced by the landowner themselves, as opposed to the hazard being one which originated naturally, then the landowner may be liable to the trip-and-fall victim for the injuries they suffered as a result. Additionally, liability for government offices is extremely limited under New Jersey’s Tort Claims act. Andrew R. Jacobs has been a practitioner of New Jersey personal injury law for decades, and can help you receive the compensation you’re owed against the responsible party.
Help is Available for Serious New Jersey Sidewalk Trip & Fall Injuries
While most trip and fall accidents result only in minor scrapes and bruises, much more serious injuries can also result, including broken ribs, traumatic brain injuries, deep cuts and lacerations, and fractured wrists and arms. Make sure you get the money you need to get back on your feet after an accident through legal action against the negligent party, and contact New Jersey sidewalk accident attorney Andrew R. Jacobs for a consultation, at 973-532-9681.