31 Mar Slip and Fall Accidents in New York City Parks
What are the implications for suffering a Slip and fall accident in a city park? Can you ever sue for negligence?
The short answer is “yes,” because even the city park (publicly owned) must abide by state laws governing safety. While many accident victims experience apprehension over the potential for suing the city, it can happen, and you can win. Here’s what you need to know if you’ve slipped and fallen on government property, including a city park.
Slip and Fall Accidents in New York
Slip and fall accidents, when they occur on someone else’s property, fall within a category known as “premises liability.” You’ll notice this as one of our website sections, and it covers not only slips and falls, but even dog bites, attractive nuisances (like uncovered swimming pools), and negligent security. In a nutshell, premises liability is the normal means to sue owners when something about the way they keep their property presents contributes to an injurious accident.
It’s possible to demonstrate premises liability in a city park. This assumes you can prove the city owns it, they knew of the dangerous conditions, failed to address them, which led to your injury.
Filing a Claim Against a City Park (Including Potential Damages)
How do you file a claim and what is the statute of limitations?
It’s easy to file a lawsuit like this whenever you contact Gruenberg Kelly Della for assistance. Time is of the essence, however, if you’re dealing with NYC.
Normally, the statute of limitations for slip-and-fall accidents is a full three years following the time you sustained the injury. If you choose to sue NYC, you have only 90 days to file a notice of claim. This must occur before filing the actual lawsuit so that the city has time to investigate and respond to the incident.
What injuries are most common following a slip-and-fall accident? These are the injuries that may allow you to collect damages.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Bone Fractures
- Facial, Should, & Neck Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Other Permanent Injuries (including ones that cause permanent disability)
These injuries may lead to exorbitant medical bills, lost work and wages, rehab costs, and other out-of-pocket expenses, all recoverable in a slip-and-fall claim.
Now that you know the basics of filing a slip-and-fall lawsuit, even when it includes a city park, the next step is to contact a reputable attorney. The Gruenberg Kelly Della law firm is one of New York City’s best-staffed firms, where we handle everything related to personal injury law. That means you can come to us after experiencing an auto accident, pedestrian accident, medical malpractice, and more.
If you’re ready to recover damages for any of these difficult scenarios, then please call us anytime for help at 631-737-4110.