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NYC Lawyers with Experience Handling Cellar Door Fall Liability Issues

A trusted legal team that diligently pursues the compensation you deserve

Open cellar doors can present a number of hazards to pedestrians. To get the caliber of legal representation you need when facing this very specific type of personal injury, consult the skilled New York lawyers at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson. We have a wide range of experience in these types of cases, particularly those related to cellar door fall liability. Respectful and loyal, we remain dedicated to answering your questions and serving your best interests at all times. To speak with an attorney who will make a real difference in your personal injury claim, work with our firm.

Cellar doors present real hazards

When you walk down a sidewalk, you might not even notice the large number of cellar doors that can be a potential hazard for pedestrians. Falling through or tripping on a cellar door may cause serious injuries. That is why New York State has a considerable number of laws regarding the use of cellar doors and the methods for safeguarding pedestrians. These laws include requirements for fencing them off, paving areas surrounding all cellar doors, making sure the hardware is not protruding and filling in any areas around the doors. If business owners fail to follow these laws, they risk people slipping and falling. In New York City, the Department of Transportation defines a defective cellar door as one that:

  • Deflects an inch or more when you step on it
  • Is slippery or not skid-resistant
  • Creates a hazardous situation in any other way

Common injuries resulting from cellar door injuries

Falling down a cellar door is just like falling down any other flight of stairs — it’s extremely dangerous and painful. People who fall down cellar doors frequently suffer from the following injuries:

  • Broken wrists
  • Broken hips
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Skin abrasions

However, even if the cellar door is unopened, you can trip on gaps or slippery surfaces, resulting in the same types of injuries. A skilled trip and fall lawyer will know all about these accidents and how you can seek the compensation you need and deserve.

Speak with a knowledgeable NYC personal injury lawyer today

Has a dangerous cellar door caused you to be injured on a New York sidewalk? Call Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson at 888.746.8212 or contact us online. We offer free initial consultations and take on cases on a contingency basis.


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