NEW YORK – It only takes one misstep for you to slip, fall and end up in the hospital. It happens to millions of Americans every year and it costs us a lot of money.
That’s why many cities have laws that are designed to keep walkways safe – and clear of snow, ice and debris. Unfortunately, many New Yorkers ignore this law and someone can get seriously injured.
A Brooklyn slip and fall lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says property owners have up to 14 hours to clear public pathways after it snows – but following a recent snow storm, many paths weren’t cleared for days.
“New Yorkers are required to clear snow from their sidewalks and use melting mixtures to get rid of any ice,” Brooklyn slip and fall attorney Steve Barnes said. “If someone slips and falls on your sidewalk, that person can call our firm – and we could hold you responsible for their injuries.”
Over the past year, the city has received nearly 3,000 complaints from pedestrians who called 311 to report snow or ice on a public pathway.
According to RentHop.com, most of those complaints were generated in Brooklyn. Specifically, neighborhoods like Park Slope and Prospect Heights had over 50 complaints per square mile. A data analysis shows that the complaints consistently mark these neighborhoods as repeat offenders when it comes to disobeying the snow-removal law.
“It’s dangerous for anyone who uses the sidewalk,” Barnes said. “Unfortunately, our clients get injured because some property owners neglect their responsibility to make their public pathways safe.”
Since 2013, Brooklyn has constantly received more complaints about snow and ice than any other borough. Queens consistently places second.
For an depth look at the data in your neighborhood, click here.