Sidewalk Accident Attorneys
A slip and fall on an icy sidewalk, or a trip and fall on a cracked or buckled sidewalk, can result in serious injury. While we would hope to escape serious injury from a sidewalk fall with only a scrape or two, unfortunately such falls can result in a serious sprain or fracture, particularly of the ankle, wrist or hip. A debilitating back injury or serious head injury from a fall on hard concrete is also possible. In Goshen and other Orange County communities, New York law requires both commercial and residential property owners to maintain their sidewalks in a reasonable condition. Not all accidents can be prevented, but when a serious slip and fall occurs because of a dangerous condition which was simply neglected by the landowner, the attorneys at Dupée & Monroe work to hold those property owners accountable to the people they have harmed through their shameful neglect.
Proving Liability in New York Sidewalk AccidentsIn most communities in New York state (outside of New York City), property owners are responsible for maintaining the portion of sidewalk which abuts their property. Property owners can be liable for accidents which occurred from a "known dangerous condition" that existed for an unreasonable length of time without the property owner attempting to get rid of the danger or at least warn the public about the hazard.
Proving Dangerous ConditionsProving that a known dangerous condition existed can be done by showing any of the following:
-The condition was created by the property owner
-The property owner knew about the condition (actual knowledge)
-The condition was present for an unreasonable period of time before the accident, so that the owner should have been aware of it and had time to remedy it (constructive knowledge)
Proving these facts is often difficult, especially when the condition was only temporary or transient in nature, such as ice or snow, oil or other liquid spill, or an object obstructing the path.