Ice and lingering snow create dangerous conditions after storm

New York residents are likely aware of the hassles caused by a major snowstorm. On March 15, a man was injured when he was hit in the head by a chunk of ice that fell from a building while he was walking on 48th Street. He had to be taken to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries. In response, the area was closed off by firefighters to prevent anyone else from getting hurt.

However, some pedestrians decided to simply walk under the tape roping off the area, and it was eventually torn away. Eventually firefighters were required to get a ladder and remove the remaining ice so that it wouldn't fall and potentially hurt another person. Caution signs were posted around the city warning pedestrians and others about the danger. In addition to the potential for falling ice, icy sidewalks and mounds of snow were causing pedestrians to slip and slide their way around the city.

The slippery conditions were exasperated by high winds and cold temperatures the lingered below freezing. At one point, snow was taken to West 33rd Street where it was melted. Local crews were using a combination of open dump trucks, skid steers and front end loaders in an effort to remove snow before a St. Patrick's Day parade scheduled for March 17.

Victims of an accident on another party's property could be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Compensation may help to pay for medical bills, lost wages or lost future earnings because of negligence by property owners or government agencies. Negligence may occur if victims were not alerted to the fact that dangerous conditions existed using some type of physical or digital signage. Negligence may also occur if nothing was done in a good faith effort to mitigate the hazard.

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