Common pedestrian accidents in New York City like slips, trips and falls happen as a result of snow and ice on streets and sidewalks, potholes, broken, cracked, raised and unleveled sidewalks, stairs, steps and street surfaces, poor lighting inside and outside of buildings. What seem like minor stumbles for a child, can be extremely dangerous, especially for the elderly, and cause serious injury, even death. An increasingly deadly type of pedestrian accident are knockdowns and hit-and-run accidents, especially in a city where walking is the dominant mode of transportation.When a pedestrian accident causes serious injury, victims may be able to sue the property owner, landlord, managing agent or general contractor, whichever person or group of people are responsible for creating the unsafe condition, or who allowed it to remain unsafe and neglected to repair the problem. Civil claims can also be brought against a municipality, county and state when accidents occur on government-owned property. But, beware. Lawsuits against government entities are more complicated that those involving a private person or business.
If any of these issues become a matter of concern to you, we recommend you contact the New York pedestrian accident lawyers at Gurfein Douglas. At Gurfein Douglas you can rely on the scientific training of our two partners to uncover the often hidden technical details of your slip, trip, fall or run-over that the untrained eye might miss.
With degrees in engineering and biology hanging on walls right alongside their law diplomas, Richard Gurfein and Preston Douglas are your Lawyers With An Edge when fighting. At Gurfein Douglas, our New York pedestrian accident lawyers are prepared to handle any challenge, no matter how complicated, and any adversary, no matter how tough they think they are, to get your loved one the justice, and the compensation, they deserve.
Pedestrian Accidents Settlements and Verdicts
$6.78 Million in a verdict in the case of Ernest Lewis against the New York City Transit Authority for being run over by the BX19 bus at 145th Street and Convent Avenue on November 19, 2005. The jury awarded the plantiff $2,500,000.00 for past pain and suffering, $283,202.09 for past medical expenses and $4,000,000 over 10 years for future pain and suffering.
$900,000 settlement for a 54 year old doorman who was struck by a police car as he crossed Second Ave in a heavy rain storm.
$950,000 verdict for an 11 year old boy who’s facial scarring from the accident made him turn to a life of crime.