Other than two major snowstorms, this winter has been relatively mild. Tuesday, March 14, 2017 a major snow storm dropped from 7.5 to 24” of snow in New York City and The Hudson Valley Region. As a result of Tuesday’s storm and the frigid temperatures after the storm, it creates a dangerous snow and ice condition resulting in falls and personal injury. As a result we are repeating our snow and ice checklist blogged about on January 13, 2016.
If you are a victim and sustained physical injuries as a result of a fall on snow & ice, the following should be done:
- Do not move before making sure you haven’t sustained a fracture or a serious injury;
- While still on the ground, take out your cellphone and take photos of the snow & ice that caused you to fall;
- Call the police to make an official record of the fall;
- Call an ambulance and go to the nearest hospital emergency room to be checked out by a physician;
- If people come over to help, get their names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witness.
- Take care of your injuries. Go to an appropriate doctor;
- Ascertain the name and address of the property owner;
- If you fall in a parking lot, get the name of the shopping center, condominium association or coop owner and the managing agent;
- If possible, get the name of the entity responsible for plowing and snow removal. This is normally not available and your attorney will ascertain what entity that is. Many commercial properties have a snow plower who may subcontract to another snow plower. All snow plowers must be in the lawsuit along with the property owner and managing agent.
- Call an attorney who handles personal injury cases.
If the snow and ice condition is on a sidewalk and the municipality owns the sidewalk, the attorney must find out if the municipality has a statute that imposes a duty to clear snow/ice on the adjourning property owners. If they fail to clean the snow/ice improperly and does not salt or sand the sidewalk, they will be liable to the injured party for pain and suffering and medical bills.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of snow and ice condition, contact the law firm of Dominick J. Robustelli & Associates, PLLC at (914) 288-0800 or on our website at White Plains-Injury-Lawyer.com.