Among many other claims to fame, New York City is known for its parades. Elaborate parades attract millions of people to the city every year.
The Chinese New Year Parade, the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, the Cinco de Mayo Parade, the Puerto Rican Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are among the events listed on the 2019 Parade Schedule for New York. Though these parades can be fun, these large events present a serious risk to attendees.
The environment of a parade is not always the safest. Crowding, loud music and barriers erected to keep spectators out of the street can impede movement and communication. Unsafe street conditions and even parade floats themselves can cause serious injuries to parade spectators.
If you have been injured while attending a parade in New York City, you may be entitled to compensation if your injuries were caused by the negligence of another party. Be sure to contact an experienced attorney to learn whether you have a legal claim.
Who Is Liable?
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If you are hurt at a street parade, it may not be immediately clear who is responsible for your injury. A knowledgeable attorney can help you determine which person or entity contributed to the accident. Maintenance problems, poor upkeep, improper installation of barriers, lack of safety signage and other actions (or in-actions) are factors that often lead to parade accidents.
It may be an individual, a company, or a city, but there is always an entity tasked with maintaining the safety of the streets along parade routes. When that entity is negligent in its duty to protect attendees, they could be held liable for any injuries suffered.
Claims for Street Injuries
If you’ve suffered serious injuries in a street parade accident, do not be afraid to seek qualified legal help. Victims often are forced to deal not only with physical pain and lengthy recovery times, but also mounting medical bills and lost wages as they heal.
- Compensation may be available for:
- Hospital bills, including ambulance rides, surgery and the cost of hospitalization
- Rehabilitation expenses (e.g., physical therapy)
- Lost wages
Lost earning potential (if the victim is deemed disabled and is unable to return to their former line of work)
If you have been hurt at a parade through no fault of your own, there are a few things you need to do claim compensation. Document the accident and your injuries in detail. Photos, medical records, eyewitness statements, and other information will be helpful to your case. Then, contact a lawyer.
When to Call a Lawyer
Having a lawyer on your side will be essential if you were hurt at a street parade. Because determining and proving liability in these cases is complicated, it will be difficult to successfully file a claim on your own.
Your lawyer will thoroughly investigate the accident and help you assemble all necessary documentation of your injury. He or she will also be able to negotiate with insurance companies or legal teams on your behalf, protecting you from accidentally saying anything that might damage your claim.
In New York, you have only 90 days from the date of the incident to file a claim against a government entity, so if you were hurt in a parade accident caused by negligence and unsure about who is responsible, do not delay in seeking qualified legal representation.
How Can Belluck & Fox Help Me?
If you have been injured at a street parade in New York City, contact the personal injury attorneys at Belluck & Fox today. We can immediately launch an investigation into the details of your accident and help you recover the full and fair financial compensation that you are owed.