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Most of us are not afraid of an accident when we walk down a sidewalk. However, thousands of accidents occur each year throughout the country. If you are someone who has been injured in a sidewalk accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help you recover in peace. Please read on and reach out to our experienced firm to learn more about how we can help you attain the justice you deserve.

How do sidewalk accidents happen?

Sidewalk accidents can happen for various reasons, and when they do, they are very often severe. Unfortunately, most sidewalk accidents are preventable, and therefore happen at the hands of a negligent property owner. Some of the most common culprits of sidewalk accidents can include standing water, loose debris, uneven surfaces, potholes, and more.

Who is responsible for a sidewalk accident?

In New York, most people tend to assume that the city or municipality is responsible for keeping their sidewalks hazard-free. However, while this is true some of the time, there are various instances where private property owners are responsible for keeping their sidewalks safe. That is why it is extremely important you hire an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury process, and how to determine who is responsible for the injuries you have sustained.

To prove that you were, in fact, injured due to another party’s negligence, our attorneys will work to uncover various types of valuable evidence, including pictures or videos of the accident as it happened, police reports documenting the facts of the incident, witness statements confirming your claim, medical documents detailing the extent and origins of your injuries, and more.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York State?

The phrase “statute of limitations” is used to describe the amount of time you have to take legal action against another person. Since the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years, you will have three years from the date of your accident to file a premises liability lawsuit against a negligent property owner. If you wait may the three-year mark, you will be denied your right to sue, no matter how bad you truly need the compensation. Our firm is ready to help you get back on your feet again as soon as possible.

Contact our experienced Westchester County firm

Hausman & Pendzick effectively represent victims of neglect 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.