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Accidents Caused Snow Black Ice Upstate NY

Slip and Fall Injuries on Snow or Black Ice

Experienced Attorneys Fighting for the Injured in Hudson Valley

Every New York winter, residents can expect one constant: snow will fall, melt, and the re-freeze. The familiar cycle is a fact of life in our upstate communities. A common legal question we receive during the winter months is – “can I sue if I slipped on a snowy sidewalk or icy steps?”

While the answer depends on a variety of circumstances, generally, if the property owner was negligent by failing to plow, sand, or salt in a reasonable time after the storm, then, yes, you have the grounds to file a lawsuit.

The Albany-based injury attorneys at Hacker Murphy have secured monetary damages for slip-and-fall accidents caused by accumulations of snow or ice. We provide the experienced representation you and your family will need if you were seriously injured. Contact us immediately to discuss details and preserve evidence of the dangerous condition.

Snow and Ice Hazards: A Duty to Your Safety

If you ventured out while a snowstorm was still in progress or in the wee hours after a snowfall, you may not have grounds for a lawsuit, unless the fresh snow concealed a previously existing patch of ice that the owner had ignored.

But once it stops snowing and people are out and about, the burden shifts to the owner of a business, shopping mall, parking lot or apartment building to provide for the safety of patrons and the public. There is a legal obligation to plow the parking lot, shovel the walkways, and put down sand or snowmelt in foot traffic areas. The liability also extends to puddles of melted snow tracked into the entryway of the building.

Our lawyers have used certified weather records and testimony of meteorological experts to show that owners would have had ample opportunity to inspect the grounds and address a slippery condition.

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    In the course of preparing a case for trial, your personal injury attorney will work with the defense attorneys and insurance companies in an effort to secure a fair settlement for you and your family. The final decision to accept an offer of settlement or go to trial is yours alone to make.
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    2. Unless your attorney says otherwise, do not discuss your case with law enforcement.

    3. Request to have your attorney present if you are to be put in a lineup or subjected to testing.

    4. Remain calm and courteous. Allow your attorney to speak for you to ensure that your rights are protected and you are given all the benefits afforded to you under the law.
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    When a crime has been committed, action is taken by a government agency against the person, persons, organization or other entity that violated the law. The first purpose of a criminal prosecution is punishment, which frequently consists of a fine or jail time. In a civil matter, the dispute is between two or more individuals or entities. The first purpose of a civil prosecution is obtaining compensation for the wronged person or entity. Settlement in a civil matter is generally an award of a money judgment. A criminal sentence is not imposed in a civil matter.
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