What You Need to Know About Snow & Ice Accidents in New York City

In the winter months, the chances of snow & ice accidents occurring drastically increases. Unfortunately, snow & ice accidents on sidewalks are oftentimes preventable. If you were injured in a slip-and-fall snow & ice accident, read on and reach out to our experienced New York City personal injury attorney to learn more about the snow removal laws in NYC and how our firm can help you through the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How long do property owners have to remove snow in NYC?

Here in New York City, when the snow stops during daylight hours between 7:00 a.m. and 4:59 p.m., the individual or company in charge of removing snow from the property must do so within four hours of the snow stopping.

How do I know who is responsible for removing snow?

The party in charge of removing snow largely depends on the property itself. For example, if you are a residential property owner, there is a very good chance that you are the party responsible for removing snow. In most cases, the same is true if you are a tenant in a single-family home. However, if you are a tenant in a multi-dwelling building, there is a good chance that management companies are obligated to remove your snow. Tenants of commercial properties also are generally not personally responsible for snow removal. In public places, such as crosswalks, the City or municipality is responsible for snow removal.

How long will I have to file a personal injury claim after a snow & ice accident in NYC?

If you were injured in a snow & ice accident due to a property owner failing to remove snow within the legally-acceptable timeframe, there is a very good chance that you will have a valid personal injury claim. That being said, you must file your claim within the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York City is, generally, three years, which means that in most cases, you will have three years from the date of your accident to sue the liable party. You should note, however, that if you were injured on public property, you will have far less time to file a Notice of Claim, which is why it is so critical that you speak with our firm as soon after your injury occurred as possible.


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.聽Contact our firm today.