Slip and Fall Accidents in NYC Parks

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Slip and Fall Accidents in NYC Parks

Slip and Fall Accidents in NYC Parks

We’ve reached the time of the year where you’re much more likely to encounter slippery ice on various concrete surfaces around New York City. This is a dangerous problem, which can contribute to slips, trips, and falls (and potential hospital visits).

Since many of these incidents fall under the category of “premises liability”, we’d like to explain what to do if you trip or fall in a public park around NYC.

Slip and Fall Accidents in NYC Parks

Whenever a property owner fails to secure their premises, and allows hazardous conditions, they leave themselves liable for a lawsuit if someone slips and falls there. It doesn’t matter if it’s a private, public, or commercial property.

So, if you’ve gotten hurt from a fall in a public park, there’s just a few things you’ll have to do to recover damages. First, you’ll have to prove that it was indeed a public park, and that someone managing the facility should have known about the tripping hazard.

Next, you’ll have to show that property management failed to address the hazard. Finally, you’ll have to demonstrate that the given hazard was the proximate cause of the injuries you sustained. If you’re unsure of how to do this, then don’t worry because that’s what we do when we advocate for victims in these cases.

The Procedure for Filing a Claim

Since local governments have the advantage of sovereign immunity, the process for filing an accident claim works somewhat differently. It’s still possible to sue for negligence, but you must initiate the process fast.

Unlike claims against private owners, which have a statute of limitations of three years, you only have 90 days to do this if it involves a city park. The city will then review your claim, and either approve or deny it. You can appeal a denial, but you have just one year and 90 days to do so.

Potential Injuries & Damages Involved

Next, let’s briefly go over some of the common injuries you might sustain during one of these frightening incidents.

  • Broken Bones
  • Neck & Spinal Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
  • Nerve Damage
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • . . . and other disabilities stemming from the incident

If these occur on public grounds, you may be able to sue for premises liability and recover damages a few different ways. This includes medical expenses, lost wages, rehab expenses, long-term care costs, and loss of future earnings.

Contact Gruenberg Kelly Della for Help with Slip and Fall Accidents

As usual, it’s essential to have legal counsel if you choose to pursue any personal injury claim.

If you’re exploring a potential lawsuit over premises liability, even against the City of New York, then please consider Gruenberg Kelly Della for dependable support. You can reach our Manhattan office anytime by calling 631-910-6614.