Uncleared Ice leaving Dangerous Passage for Pedestrians.

In New York City walking is a way of life, and not only courtesy, but law requires that sidewalks are kept clear of snow and ice to help prevent personal injury.  Under the law businesses, homeowners and others in charge of property have four hours from the time snow has stopped falling (if during daylight hours) to clean the pavement. Failure to clean the way can result in tickets carrying fines from $100 – $350 for multiple violations

This winter the NYC Sanitation Department has issued more than 10,000 tickets, though in some neighborhoods residents claim they have had little effect. A major issue affecting snow removal is determining the ownership of vacant buildings

A New York Times analysis of data showed that the Bronx had the worse offenders with 10 properties in one area racking up 331 tickets, creating a huge slip hazard.

The Sanitation Department emphasizes that snow and ice removal on sidewalks is the sole responsibility of the property owner, and they do not have the manpower to support efforts.

Please read our top tips for how to stay safe on slippery sidewalks, and if you have been injured due to the neglect of others, please contact us now. Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to help you.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP