Ribowsky Law- Queens Personal Injury & Accident Lawyer
[email protected]

At some point, everyone has tripped while simply walking down the sidewalk.  Sometimes, the falls that result are no fault of the pedestrian but are a direct result of poor sidewalk maintenance.   If you or someone you know has been the victim of a poorly-maintained sidewalk, or if you would simply like to be prepared with the necessary information, the following article will equip you with what you need to know. We put together a quick guide on the laws surrounding sidewalk negligence in NYC?


Who is Legally Responsible for Sidewalk Maintenance in NYC?

According to New York City Law Section 7-210, since 2003, adjacent property owners are now responsible for the upkeep of all sidewalks in a reasonably safe condition and are liable for personal injury and property damage.  Failures in maintenance can include (but are not limited to) failure to install, construct, reconstruct, repave, repair, or replace defective sidewalk flags and the negligent failure to remove snow, ice, dirt, or other material from the sidewalk.

This liability holds true except when the adjacent property is a one, two, or three-family home, in case New York City would not be held responsible.

Section 19-152 lists the numerous specific responsibilities of property owners to make sure that sidewalks are completely safe for pedestrians.  In addition to simple snow and ice removal, property owners are responsible for everything from installing sidewalks to repaving and repairing them. For more information, you can contact your local NYC Section 19-152 injury lawyer today.

Laws Relating To Snow Removal

As is commonly known, property owners have about four hours from the time snow stops falling to remove the snow and ice accumulation on their sidewalks in order to allow pedestrians to walk safely.  This is true when the snow has stopped falling between 7 AM and 5 PM.  However, if the snowfall stops between 5 PM and 9 PM, property owners actually have 14 hours clear their sidewalks.  If the snowfall stops between 9 PM and 7 AM, the sidewalks have to be clear by 11 AM.

Actions to take

Since sidewalk slip and fall accidents require extensive proof, it is essential that the victim contacts a personal injury legal expert promptly to discuss the possibility of a potential lawsuit. In New York City the responsible party must have the lawsuit claim filed against them within 90 days of the incident, and a lawsuit must begin within a year and 90 days of the accident.

In any event, a person hurt by falling on a poorly-maintained sidewalk should never speak with an insurance company representative or investigator before speaking with his or her own personal attorney first. This time period is why it is so important, again, to document any and all evidence as close the time of the accident as possible.


If you have already been the victim of poor sidewalk maintenance and want to discuss your case, contact the legal experts at Ribowsky Law. 109-12 Jamaica Ave, Richmond Hill, NY 11418. (718) 659-5333. https://www.mrinjurylawyerny.com/

Related post
February 1, 2019

In every state, there is an expectation that the general public behaves within a state established code of conduct thereby avoiding arbitrary risks in

Read More
February 4, 2019

A deposition in a slip and fall case will generally consist of a visit to the defense attorney’s office where you will be questioned about the case under

Read More
Ribowsky Law- Queens Personal Injury & Accident Lawyer

109-12 Jamaica Ave, Richmond Hill, NY 11418 (718) 659-5333

Monday 7am–9pm
Tuesday 7am–9pm
Wednesday 7am–9pm
Thursday 7am–9pm
Friday 7am–9pm
Sunday 7am–9pm

Ribowsky Law Offers Award Winning Legal Services To Clients Throughout The New York City Area At Two Convenient Offices, One In Queens & One In Brooklyn. We will Help You Achieve All Your Legal Goals, just call us for a free consultation and find out how.
© 2022 - All Rights Reserved - Ribowsky Law- Queens Personal Injury & Accident Lawyer
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram