OUR NEW YORK CITY PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS ANSWER OUR CLIENT'S FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WHO DO I SUE IF THE BROKEN SIDEWALK WAS IN FRONT OF A BUILDING?
If you suffered a personal injury because you tripped and fell on a broken sidewalk, pothole or defective portion of the sidewalk, you can file a lawsuit for your injuries. However, who you can sue based on a number of factors. In New York City, which is the five boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, sidewalk accident cases are covered under the New York City Administrative Code, which places the responsibility to maintain the sidewalk, on property owners. In other words, it is the responsibility of property owners to maintain and repair the sidewalk in front of their business. If the property owners fails to maintain and repair the sidewalk and you get hurt, they can be sued to compensate you for your personal injuries. There is an exception for single family homes and two family homes, but any large commercial property owner is responsible to maintain the sidewalk that runs alongside their property. So if your trip and fall occurred on a broken sidewalk that runs alongside or in front of a commercial property, our personal injury lawyers will make claim against the owner of the building for an accident that occurs.