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What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident on an Icy New York Sidewalk

If you’ve experienced a slip and fall accident on an icy New York sidewalk, you probably feel a mix of pain, frustration, and confusion about what to do next. At Gash & Associates, P.C. in White Plains, NY, we want to help you understand the immediate steps to take after an accident that can keep you protected and prove what happened.

By seeking immediate medical attention, preserving the evidence at the scene, and learning about New York liability laws, you can significantly improve your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.

Assess Your Injuries and Seek Medical Attention

The first and most important step is to assess your injuries. Even if you feel that your injuries are minor, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent and can worsen over time. A medical professional will also document your injuries and provide a legal record for future claims.

Report the Incident

Notify the property owner or manager of the incident as soon as possible. If the slip and fall occurred in a public area, report it to the relevant New York municipalities. Ensure a formal report is made, and request a copy for your records. This report will serve as an official record of the incident and document the facts of your case.

In New York, the responsibility for maintaining sidewalks can vary. According to New York City Administrative Code Section 7-210, property owners are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks adjacent to their properties in a reasonably safe condition. This includes the removal of snow and ice.

However, if the accident occurs on public or government land, you might need to report the incident to the appropriate department. For example, if a fall occurs in a public park, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation would be responsible for the removal of known hazards.

Document the Scene

Collect as much evidence from the scene as possible. Take photographs of the icy conditions, the exact location where you fell, and any injuries that are already visible. If there are any witnesses, gather their contact information and ask them to provide a statement about what they saw. Their testimonies can support your claim.

Preserve Evidence

In addition to documenting the scene, preserve any evidence related to your fall. This can include the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time of the accident. Your clothing might show evidence, such as tears, scuffs, or wetness from the ice. Keep any medical records, bills, and receipts for expenses related to your injury.

Consult with an Attorney

Contact a personal injury attorney experienced in slip and fall cases as soon as possible. At Gash & Associates, P.C., we specialize in helping victims of slip and fall accidents maximize the compensation they can receive for their injuries. We can help you understand your rights, evaluate the strength of your case, and ensure your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages are covered by the responsible party. Call us today at (914) 328-8800.