Most New Yorkers are bracing themselves for the winter right about now. Unfortunately, the cold, snowy months often cause snow and ice accidents. If you have been injured in a snow or ice accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation. Please read on to learn more about the legal process going forward and how we can help:
What are the most frequent factors in snow and ice accidents?
The most common causes of snow or ice accidents include unshoveled or unsalted driveways, sidewalks, and steps, icy, and therefore slippery handrails, and icicles left hanging, to come snapping off at any given time.
How do I know who is responsible for a snow or ice accident?
When trying to determine the party responsible for your injuries, you will have to consider the rules and regulations New York State has in place for property owners and snow removal. Basically, if the snow stops during daylight hours between 7:00 a.m. and 4:59 p.m., property owners are responsible for salting and shoveling their walkways, steps, and sidewalks, effectively removing any safety hazard having to do with the weather event within four hours.
If you were injured after this four-hour window, and you can prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you will most likely be able to recover the financial compensation you deserve. However, it is always best you hire an experienced personal injury attorney, as very often, insurance companies will try anything they can to deny you the compensation you truly need. Fortunately, our firm is educated and trained in collecting and presenting evidence as efficiently as possible. To prove your personal injury claim, we will work to recover security camera footage of your accident, police reports, medical documents, witness statements, and more.
What is the statute of limitations in New York for personal injury claims?
Every state has a different statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the amount of time you have from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against a negligent party. In New York, the statute of limitations is three years. If you wait any longer than three years to file your claim, you will be denied your right to sue. Do not let this happen. Our firm is ready to fight for the financial compensation you deserve.
Contact our experienced New York City firm
At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice and personal injury claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of negligence. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.