A close-up of two distinct footprints in fresh snow, one is from a boot with deep tread patterns and the other is likely a shoe with circular grooves, contrasting against the white, lightly dusted snowy ground.

As the temperature decreases, snow and ice accidents will likely increase. During the winter, snow and ice accidents can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time. It is important to know about snow and ice accidents, who is held responsible, and what to do if you become injured. Read on to find out more about winter injuries in Westchester County and how Hausman & Pendzick can help you recover the compensation you deserve in the event of an injury.

Where is a Snow & Ice Accident Most Likely to Occur?

Snow and ice accidents can occur on any slippery surface, but the most common places for injuries to occur may be sidewalks, stairways, and parking lots.

Who is Held Responsible?

In New York, residents are responsible for keeping their property clean and safe. This applies to residents, stores, businesses and municipal properties. This means if you slip and fall on the sidewalk in front of someone’s house, the homeowner may be held responsible for your injury, though this is not always the case. Property owners have a certain amount of time after a rain or snowfall event to remove snow and ice from their property. The amount of time varies by municipality, so contact us if you are unsure whether your accident happened outside of the designated time.

Burden of Proof

In the case of an accident, it is important to record proof. This will help you if you choose to pursue legal action. For proof, it is always a good idea to take photos of the hazardous conditions that have caused your accident. If anyone witnessed your accident, try to gather their contact information so they can vouch for you and what happened. You may also want to provide medical documentation. A skilled attorney may be able to help you collect even more proof.

Recovering Compensation

If you were injured due to another party’s negligence, you deserve compensation. An injury can affect you physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. Injuries can lead to expensive medical bills, missed work, lost wages, loss of independence, and more. In some cases, it can be hard to prove negligence. Additionally, it may be difficult to get the full amount of compensation you deserve. Because of this, it is important to retain the services of a skilled attorney who can fight for you. At Hausman & Pendzick, we are here to provide you with the legal support you need.


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