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New York Tree Pit Accident Lawyer

There are countless hazards on New York City sidewalks that can give rise to trip and fall accidents. Although some falls might occur due to broken pavement, cracks, or potholes, others can be caused by defective tree pits that house the trees embedded in the sidewalk. Significantly, if the wells in which trees are planted are not installed correctly — or adequately maintained — the surrounding pavement can become uneven, presenting a hazard for pedestrians who walk by.

If you have sustained injuries as a result of a tree pit accident, you may be entitled to monetary recovery. The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. provides committed counsel and skillful representation for clients who have been hurt in tree pit accidents, and strives to ensure they obtain the compensation they deserve.

Liability in Tree Pit Accidents

Establishing liability in a tree pit accident can be complex. In New York City, building owners are generally responsible for maintaining the sidewalk that abuts their property. However, tree wells and tree pits are generally not considered part of the sidewalk under the City’s “Sidewalk Law.” In other words, the City may be held accountable for trip and fall accidents arising due to a defective tree pit or a hazardous sidewalk condition caused by faulty installation of the tree pit.     

After a tree pit accident, it’s essential to document the occurrence and take photos of the dangerous condition. If anyone witnessed the incident, try to get their contact information in the event that they may be able to provide testimony that can support your case. It’s also a good idea to call the police — an accident report can be critical in the event that you file a personal injury lawsuit. 

At The Dearie Law Firm, P.C., we will diligently assess the evidence in your tree pit accident case to ensure the City or any other negligent party is held accountable for the injuries you suffered. Providing vigorous advocacy and unyielding representation, we are relentless in our efforts to achieve the highest possible verdict or settlement.

Common Tree Pit Accident Injuries

Trip and falls caused by defective tree pits can result in severe injuries. Although every accident is different, you may require extensive medical treatment and lose a significant amount of time from work while your injuries heal. Common injuries a pedestrian can sustain in a tree pit accident may include:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Broken foot
  • Sprained ankle
  • Broken wrist
  • Hip fracture
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Paralysis
  • Fatality

It’s best to seek medical attention immediately following a tree pit accident. Your doctor may recommend MRIs, X-rays, EMG-NCVs, CAT scans, and any other tests they deem necessary to determine your injuries. Treatment may include pain medication, physical therapy, and chiropractic care. Surgery may also be required in some cases. Not only is it crucial to follow your doctor’s treatment guidelines for your health, but also to build a solid personal injury claim.

The personal injury lawyers at The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. understand how injuries sustained in a tree pit accident can affect your life and livelihood. Creating a tailored strategy for every case, we aim to secure the maximum financial recovery you’re entitled.

Dedicated Counsel Fighting for Your Right to Maximum Compensation

The aftermath of a tree pit accident can be stressful and overwhelming. You may have incurred significant medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost wages due to the accident. By filing a personal injury action, you may be entitled to recover for your monetary losses — as well as your pain and suffering.

Recoverable economic damages in a personal injury lawsuit can include unreimbursed medical expenses, past and future lost earnings, and out-of-pocket costs incurred as a result of the accident. You may also be able to recover non-economic damages for the pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life you experienced in connection with your tree pit accident-related injuries.  

The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has been representing clients who have been injured in tree pit accidents for more than 30 years. Each of our clients can rest assured that they have an advocate on their side who is unwavering in their efforts to obtain the best possible outcome in their case.

Contact a Proficient New York Tree Pit Accident Lawyer

A tree pit accident can have a lasting impact on you, your family, and your ability to earn a living. It’s crucial to contact a personal injury lawyer who can ensure your rights are protected and will fight to secure fair compensation for your injuries. Offering high-quality legal services and reliable representation, The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has been obtaining impressive results for those who have been hurt as a result of another’s negligence for more than three decades.

The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has convenient office locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, as well as mobile locations serving Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Contact us for a consultation.