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Prominent NYC Attorneys Litigate Public Parks Accidents & Injuries

Vigorous representation for accident victims throughout the five boroughs

Every day, tens of thousands of visitors enjoy the open space and facilities maintained by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. For some, that experience does not go as smoothly as the proverbial “day in the park.” Many visitors suffer painful and disabling injuries as a direct result of parks department negligence. If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury, an attorney at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson is ready to help. We have represented numerous victims of accidental injuries in landmark cases throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Filing a claim against the City is a complex procedure with special rules and abrupt deadlines. With legal acumen, time-worn experience and tenacity, we fight on your side to obtain the maximum compensation possible.

Knowledgeable attorneys handle complex claims against city, state or federal agencies

The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation is a mayoral agency with responsibility for 1,700 parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities. Central Park in Manhattan is the most famous open space area the city manages, but is only the fifth largest at 843 acres. Other large parks include:

  • Pelham Bay Park, Bronx (2,765 acres)
  • Greenbelt, Staten Island (1,778 acres)
  • Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx (1,146 acres)
  • Flushing Meadows/Corona Park (898 acres)
  • Marine Park, Brooklyn (798 acres)
  • Bronx Park, Bronx (718 acres)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk, South and Midland Beaches, Staten Island (638 acres)
  • Alley Pond Park, Queens (636 acres)
  • Forest Park, Queens (544 acres)

The facilities within the NYC park system are numerous and varied, including:

  • Athletic fields
  • Beaches
  • Equestrian centers
  • Golf courses
  • Greenways
  • Historic houses
  • Kayak and canoe launches
  • Marinas
  • Nature centers
  • Recreation centers
  • Skating rinks
  • Swimming pools
  • Tennis courts
  • Wetlands and woodlands

From this, you should understand the magnitude of the bureaucracy you must face when you file a claim against the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Getting your claim to the right person within the allotted time is complicated enough. You must then contend with the defense attorneys who are determined to limit or deny recovery for anyone suing New York City.

What if the park in the city is not a city park?

Additional confusion arises when you find out that the city does not control the particular park where you were injured. For instance, The National Parks Service manages numerous sites, such as the Statute of Liberty National Monument, Federal Hall, the General Grant National Memorial and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The State of New York also controls several areas, including Jones Beach State Park and Riverbank State Park. While you are recovering from a severe personal injury, you should not have to concern yourself with what governing body to sue and what special rules apply if it’s a city, state or federal agency. Our firm accepts slip-and-fall and pedestrian accident cases on a contingency basis, so you can avail yourself to our knowledge and experience without paying any upfront fees for our services.

Schedule a free consultation to discuss your park accident case

Filing a claim against the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation requires specific knowledge and experience. An attorney at Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson can provide all the information you need, along with determined representation for your fight against a city, state or federal agency. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation, call 888.746.8212 or contact us online.


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