Sidewalk Slip and Fall

Top Rated Buffalo, New York Sidewalk Slip And Fall Lawyers

Jed Dietrich, Esq. and His Superb Team of Lawyers and Paralegals at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. Fight to Obtain the Best Result for People Injured in a Slip and Fall Accidents on a Sidewalk.

sidewalk issuesThe National Safety Council reports that in 2017, there were nearly 8.6 million injuries from preventable falls in the United States. A slip and fall on a sidewalk can lead to serious bodily injuries and may have been caused by circumstances beyond your control.

If you, or a loved one, were injured in a sidewalk slip and fall accident, call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. today at 716-839-3939 for your free consultation. Jed Dietrich, Esq., a Best Lawyer of America and New York Super Lawyer, and his top rated team of Buffalo, New York sidewalk slip and fall lawyers have secured $175,000,000.00 on behalf of their clients and always strive to provide the people of Buffalo, New York with superior personal injury representation. We will battle to obtain the best possible result for YOU!

Sidewalk Dangers

Many people throughout New York State use sidewalks on a daily basis. A sidewalk should serve as a safe place for a person to commute to or from work or school, or for a family to take a walk around their neighborhood—it should not be a hazard.

Sidewalk accidents often occur when a dangerous condition makes the sidewalk unpassable or when the sidewalk pavement is in poor condition. These are dangerous issues that can lead to slip and falls, which often result in serious bodily injuries. A property owner or municipal entity, such as a city or town, may be liable for injuries from a sidewalk slip and fall that results from:

  1. Uneven or cracked sidewalks;
  2. Hazards protruding onto sidewalks, such as broken sign posts or tree roots;
  3. Failure to salt, resulting in the development of ice; or
  4. Accumulation of snow or slush.

Any of these dangerous conditions can cause a person to fall on a rough and hard sidewalk which can lead to serious physical injuries, including:

  1. Broken or fractured bones;
  2. Neck or back injuries;
  3. Head injuries, including a traumatic brain injury or concussion;
  4. Torn ligaments; and
  5. Facial injuries.

If you, or a loved one, were injured in a sidewalk slip and fall accident, you want the best personal injury lawyer in Buffalo, New York to handle your case. Jed Dietrich, Esq., a Best Lawyer of America, and the Dietrich Law Firm P.C., a Best Law Firm of America, have extensive experience securing monetary compensation for people who were injured in slip and fall accidents in Buffalo, New York; Rochester, New York; Niagara Falls, New York and beyond. Our team of top rated sidewalk slip and fall accident lawyers in Buffalo, New York will fight to obtain the best possible result for you. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week, and there is never a fee unless we WIN for you!



Responsibility For Sidewalk Maintenance

sidewalk issuesSidewalk slip and fall incidents can result from the failure to adequately maintain the sidewalk. For example, a concrete sidewalk can shift and become uneven over time if a tree root grows under it or if ice in the sidewalk cracks freeze and melt during the winter months.

If a sidewalk becomes uneven or shifted over time, it can cause a person to slip and fall or trip and fall. If a property owner or municipal entity is responsible for the maintenance and repairs to the sidewalk and they fail to do so, they may be liable to an injured person for their negligence, or failure to exercise reasonable care.

Determining who is responsible for sidewalk maintenance may depend on the location of the sidewalk in question, the nature of the abutting property, and other factors. In most cases, a sidewalk bordering private property must be maintained by the property owner.

The local laws of Buffalo-area towns and villages require adjacent property owners to ensure that the sidewalk is kept in safe condition and free of obstruction. The City of Buffalo removes snow on sidewalks that are located on major routes only. On all other roads in Buffalo, New York the property owner is responsible for sidewalk snow removal.

The table below specifies the law of each municipality with respect to sidewalk maintenance and snow removal requirements.

EntitySidewalk Maintenance ResponsibilitySidewalk Snow Removal
City of BuffaloProperty owners
Code § 413-48(A)
City—major routes only
Snow Plan (p. 52)
Other locations—property owner / occupant
Code § 413-50
Town of AmherstProperty owner / occupant
Code § 151-60(C)
Property owners
Code § 89-C-5-1
Town of CheektowagaProperty owner / occupant
Code § 210-14
Property owner / occupant
Code § 210-14
Village of KenmoreProperty owners
Code § 19-1(a)
Property owners
Code § 19-3(a)
City of LackawannaProperty owners
Code § 194-8
Property owners
Code § 194-8
City of LockportProperty owner / occupant
Code § 66-18(C)(1)
Property owner / occupant
Charter § 158-17(A)
City of Niagara FallsProperty owners
Code § 731.01
Property owners unless business area, along school and bus routes, or in front of public buildings
Town of TonawandaProperty owners
Code § 183-5(A)
Property owners
Code § 183-5(A), (B)
Town of West SenecaProperty owner / occupant
Code § 92-4(C)
Property owner / occupant
Code § 92-4(C)
Village of WilliamsvilleProperty owners
Code § 89-3(A)
Property owners
Code § 89-3(A)

If you were injured because of a dangerous sidewalk condition that was left unmaintained by a property owner or municipality, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your medical bills, lost time from work and pain and suffering. Contact a Best Lawyer of America, Jed Dietrich, Esq., today for your free consultation so that he can identify all of the parties that may be liable to you. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of Buffalo, New York sidewalk slip and fall accident attorneys will thoroughly investigate your claim and will act fast to preserve your legal rights. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week at 716-839-3939, and there is never a fee unless we WIN for you! Call us today.

Prior Written Notice Requirements In New York State

When a person slips and falls or trips and falls on a sidewalk that is owned by a New York State municipality, certain requirements must be met before a person is able to sue the government for negligence. One primary requirement of concern is known as the prior written notice rule.

The prior written notice laws provide that a municipality cannot be held liable for injuries that result from a hazard on a sidewalk unless the municipality was previously notified, in writing, of the hazardous condition, and had a reasonable amount of time to correct the dangerous condition but failed to do so.

In New York, the prior written notice rule is very common. As in the City of Buffalo, most surrounding towns and villages have adopted a prior written notice rule into their law, including: the Towns of Amherst, Cheektowaga, Lockport, Tonawanda and West Seneca; and the City of Lackawanna. A lawsuit may commence if the municipality failed to take reasonable action to correct the defect after receiving written notice of the location and nature of the defect.

Additionally, strict time constraints are applicable to cases against municipalities—in most cases you will have as few as 90 days to file a Notice of Claim. To determine whether you have a valid claim after a sidewalk slip and fall in Buffalo, New York and to ensure that your rights are protected, call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. TODAY to discuss your case. Jed Dietrich, Esq., a Best Lawyer of America, and his team of Buffalo, New York sidewalk slip and fall attorneys always strive to provide the people of Western New York with the highest level of personal injury representation. Contact us today at 716-839-3939.

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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