Snowy, icy winter weather increases the risk of mishaps that lead to premises liability claims. In New York City, business and residential property owners are responsible for taking reasonable measures to remove snow and ice to prevent hazardous conditions from causing personal injury. Watching out for the following potential hazards may help you avoid getting hurt this season.
Hazards That Cause Premises Liability Claims
1. Slip & Fall Accidents on Icy Sidewalks
New York City’s administrative code requires property owners and commercial tenants to clear the sidewalks adjacent to their buildings to prevent slip and fall accidents. For snowy or icy conditions that develop from 7 a.m. to 4:49 p.m., building caretakers must clear the sidewalks within four hours, and for winter weather events between 5 p.m. to 8:59 p.m., they must clear them within 14 hours. If snow accumulates or ice develops between 9 p.m. to 6:59 a.m., owners, tenants, or superintendents must clear their sidewalks by 11 a.m. the next day.
2. Injuries From Ice Falling Off Buildings
On warm or sunny days, freeze and thaw cycles can cause icicles to break apart and fall from rooftops, ledges, and overhangs. Paying attention to what’s above your head as well as what’s under your feet when walking in areas where these conditions exist will help you avoid personal injury.
3. Inadequate Lighting
It gets dark earlier in winter, which can cause risk of personal injury in areas with poor lighting. You might not see hazards, such as uneven sidewalks or icy patches. Premises liability claims arise against property owners who fail to provide proper lighting for pedestrian areas around their buildings.
Certain types of premises liability claims arise more frequently in winter. If you experience a personal injury on someone else's property this season, turn to the team of attorneys at Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C. in the Bronx, NY, for help. This esteemed firm has a 40-year track record of successful outcomes for residents of the Bronx. Depend on their knowledge and professionalism as they fight for the full compensation you deserve. Visit their website to learn more about their services and call (718) 822-0500 to schedule a consultation.