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Most people do not traditionally think of sidewalks as a dangerous place to be, however, under certain circumstances, they can quickly lead to serious slip and fall accidents. If you have been injured in a sidewalk accident, please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Westchester County personal injury attorneys today to learn more about what our firm can do for you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How do I know if I can sue a property owner for a sidewalk accident?

If you slipped and fell, either due to a pothole, loose debris, weather-related hazards, insufficient lighting, or otherwise, there is a very good chance you are now seeking financial compensation. As long as your attorney can prove that the property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe conditions, failed to fix them, and that you were injured and sustained significant damages as a result, there is a very good chance you will be entitled to compensation. We can gather and present all the evidence needed, such as surveillance footage of the accident, pictures of the unsafe conditions, medical documents, witness statements, police reports, and more.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit against a property owner for a sidewalk accident in NYS?

Oftentimes, when people are injured due to another party’s negligence, they will wait to see if their injuries heal on their own before taking legal action. While this is absolutely understandable, we cannot advise those people to do so, for when they do, they risk missing the state’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations works as a deadline by which the wrongly injured have to file their claims. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is, generally, three years, the wrongly injured will generally have three years from the date of their accident to sue the party responsible. However, if you were injured on a sidewalk owned by a municipality, you will have far less time to file what is known as a Notice of Claim. If you miss this deadline, you will most likely lose your opportunity to sue. That is why it is so important you reach out to an experienced Westchester County personal injury attorney as soon as you can so we can analyze the circumstances of your situation and ensure you take appropriate legal action in a timely fashion. We are here to help–all you have to do is ask.


Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of negligence in Westchester County and across the state of New York. We understand how challenging life can be without financial compensation for serious injuries you have wrongly sustained. If you need a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney to help you recover compensation after an accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick today.