Through the years accident litigation has changed significantly in Queens, New York due to various changes in national, state, and local laws along with shifts in cultural attitudes toward accident litigation. The past few decades have seen personal injury and accident litigation grow from a minor inconsequential area of law into a more common, robust, and intricate one, in part due to the growing number of personal injury and accident lawyers.
Trip and fall changes
A large number of personal injury lawsuits in Queens involve trip and fall accidents from a damaged or faulty sidewalks. For years, victims of these slip and fall accidents saw the opportunity to seek a large compensation for their injury from the city.
In 2003, laws were enacted that made faulty and damaged sidewalks the responsibility of the adjoining property owner instead of the city. This now means that if someone trips and falls on a sidewalk in Queens, the party responsible for the injury is not the city but the property owner. As a result, property owners must maintain their sidewalks and people are unable to bring unnecessary law suits in the hopes of winning large sums of money from the city.
If you have been injured in a trip and fall accident, it would be beneficial to reach out to a injury lawyer in Queens who has experience and knows the area well.