There are many, many buildings in New York and many different purposes for these buildings. Many are residential apartment buildings or condos, but many others are commercial and are the homes to many different businesses. These could be businesses which rent office space on floors high above the streets or it can be retail stores and other businesses which have entrances on the street level. All businesses have a duty to keep the space they rent free from dangerous conditions, but people need to walk on the sidewalks in front of the businesses in order to get to the business.
Sometimes people are hurt on these sidewalks, especially during the winter months when snow and ice can accumulate on them. These injuries can be severe as well and be very costly for the victim both physically and financially. The victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, but the question is who is responsible for the sidewalks and who is liable to compensate the victim for their injuries?
In the city of New York the property owners are responsible for keeping the sidewalks abutting their property in reasonably safe conditions. This means they must repave and repair the sidewalks when defects form. They also may be liable for injuries that are caused because they were negligent in removing snow and ice from the sidewalks or negligent in clearing the sidewalk of dirt and other debris that could cause the accident. If the property owner falls below these standards and a person is injured as a result, the property owner may be required to compensate the victim.
People in New York enter into various businesses every day and most of the time it involves walking on sidewalks in front of the businesses. Sometimes these property owners fail to keep these sidewalks free of dangerous conditions. If this happens and if people are injured as a result, the store owner may be liable to compensate the victim for their injuries including medical bills, lost income and other damages. Experienced attorneys understand the responsibilities of property owners and may be able to help.