When slip and fall accidents occur on property owned by the New York City government or a State of New York governmental agency, many victims are left high and dry.
Even in cases of premises liability, government agencies enjoy immunity to many types of claims. This fact makes slip and fall accident cases involving government property particularly difficult to pursue. And that can make a slip and fall accident victim’s life difficult, forcing injured New York residents to pay for their own medical expenses and cover lost wages out of pocket.
New York City & New York State Property Slip & Fall Accident Lawyers
Cities, states, and towns are legally considered “municipalities,” and premises liability cases involving governmental agencies involve “municipal liability.” Bringing a case against the city or state presents numerous problems for an inexperienced attorney. But a lawyer with experience and skill, like those at Banville Law, can successfully pursue compensation for slip and fall accidents that occur on Government property.
Our New York municipal liability lawyers have pursued governmental responsibility for decades. In many slip or trip and fall cases, our lawyers have secured valuable verdicts and settlements from the City of New York and New York State. Do you have a case against a governmental agency? Contact Banville Law to find out.
Can I Sue The City Or State For My Slip & Fall Accident?
There’s no short answer for this question. Suing the city or the state requires the expertise of a talented personal injury lawyer. But if care is taken, and particular tenacity employed, the answer is “yes.”
If the location where you were injured is the property of the State of New York, a personal injury lawyer must prove that the state of governmental agency had written notice of dangerous conditions before your accident. To win the claim, this notice must be in writing and must have been received within a reasonable period of time prior to your injury, in essence giving the government a chance to fix the problem.
For example, if you tripped and fell in a pothole, suffering severe injuries, the city would have had to have been informed of that pothole. Even then, you must file your claim within a more strict statute of limitations.
City & State Property Slip & Fall Lawyer Experience
The attorneys at Banville Law have built an impressive record of successful cases against cities and townships, and the State of New York. Our particular experience includes:
Potholes On City & State Property
If a City of New York or New York State governmental agency was made aware of a pothole on its property, and did nothing to fix it, they may be held responsible for injuries that result from their negligence.
In other slip and fall accident claims, especially those involving potholes on sidewalks, responsibility for a victim’s injuries actually falls upon an abutting landowner. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to determine who is responsible for your slip and fall accident, and seek the maximum compensation no matter who is liable.
Proving premises liability negligence for accidents involving privately-maintained sidewalks do not require written notice. Instead, this domain of law is ruled by a concept known as “constructive notice.” Constructive notice only requires that a defect was left unattended for a period of time sufficient so that the responsible party should have known about it.
Sidewalk Slip & Fall Accidents
The same conditions apply for cases involving other property defects, including broken flagstones on New York City’s sidewalks. If our attorneys can prove that the city knew about these defects and did nothing, we can hold them responsible for their inaction.
Timely Action For Urgent Cases
Our municipal liability slip and fall lawyers know well how important prompt action is in filing cases against the city or the State of New York. Strict time limits narrow a claimant’s options, requiring an attorney’s knowledge and forethought to correctly determine the right course of action, the first time.
Contact Our Experienced Slip & Fall Attorneys
Were you injured on the streets of New York City or another city in New York? Did you fall in a pothole, or trip over a broken flagstone? That property may have been the responsibility of the city or the State. When a governmental agency fails in their responsibility to citizens, slip and fall attorneys take up the mantle of justice.
The attorneys at Banville Law have held the city and state governments accountable for many clients, and we are prepared to do the same for you. Call us for a free consultation.