Property owners know to spread salt or sand when the forecast calls for snow and ice, and to shovel after a snowfall. Beyond the risk of a fine, if it keeps a pedestrian from slipping and falling down, it’s well worth the effort.
New York, N.Y. (PRWEB) December 14, 2012
With long-range weather forecasts predicting above-average snowfall in New York City this winter, New York slip-and-fall accident attorney David Resnick today reminded property owners and occupiers of their duty to keep walkways clear of snow and ice so they will not be held liable for pedestrian injuries.
“New York City business owners and property managers must always be mindful of the fact that the law requires them to remove ice, snow and other hazards from their properties in a timely manner,” said Resnick of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., a New York City law firm that represents individuals who suffer personal injuries in slip-and-fall accidents.
Although December has been relatively mild so far, Resnick cited an AccuWeather forecast that calls for above-normal snowfall in New York City and other areas along the Interstate 95 corridor during the winter of 2012-2013.
“What’s easy to overlook is that, in general, the New York City code gives the property owner or manager four hours to remove ice and snow,” Resnick added.
New York City Administrative Code § 16-123 requires property owners, lessees, tenants, occupants or others in charge of any building or lot in the city adjacent to a sidewalk to remove “snow or ice, dirt, or other material from the sidewalk and gutter” within four hours of when snow ceases to fall. Where hard-frozen ice cannot be removed immediately, the owner must spread sand, sawdust or similar materials to provide traction for pedestrians.
The four-hour deadline does not apply between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Violating the law can bring a fine of between $10 and $150 on a first offense, $150 to $250 for the second offense within a year, and $250 to $350 for a third offense.
“Property owners know to spread salt or sand when the forecast calls for snow and ice, and to shovel after a snowfall,” Resnick said. “Beyond the risk of a fine, if it keeps a pedestrian from slipping and falling down, it’s well worth the effort.”
Resnick, a Manhattan premises liability lawyer, said that if a person slips, falls down and is injured because of snow and ice or other hazards, the property owner could be held liable for the injuries the pedestrian suffers. An injured person may seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering caused by their injuries.
Resnick’s law firm has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for New York City residents for slip-and-fall injuries and other personal injury accidents.
Resnick said anyone injured in a fall should consult an attorney experienced in New York City premises liability claims, which are also known as “slip-and-fall lawsuits.”
“Owners are legally required to remove hazards from their property, including snow and ice,” Resnick said. “Anyone seriously injured because of a property owner’s negligence should talk to an attorney about their rights and legal options.”
About David Resnick & Associates, P.C.
David Resnick & Associates, P.C., provides professional and compassionate legal assistance to victims of injury and negligence. Founded in 1998, the firm is experienced at handling many types of injury and negligence cases in New York City, including motor vehicle accidents, hit-and-run accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian injuries, trips and falls, construction accidents, premises liability and other kinds of personal injury and wrongful death claims. David Resnick & Associates serves clients in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx and all of New York City. The firm’s office is located 450 7th Avenue, Suite 409, New York, NY 10123. Mr. Resnick can be reached at (212) 279-2000 or through his website’s online contact form.