How do these types of accidents happen?Generally these types of accidents happen when there is negligence on behalf of the property owner. When the party creating the condition fails to inform pedestrians of the dangers they will be held negligent. In some cases landlords who create the condition fail to notify pedestrians, or fail to post signs. Other times the property or sidewalk is not properly lit. Each case is different and requires careful analysis and evaluation of the facts. Common injuries resulting from manhole fall accidents include
- Head Trauma – Including Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Fractures
- Facial Cuts and Bruises
- Broken ankle and fractures bones including rib fractures
- Eye trauma
- Mental Anguish
Who is liable – Premises Liability Property Owner Duty LawsuitsLiability can be imposed on a few different parties. For instance if it is done for the benefit of a property owned by a private party, they can be held liable. If the city is responsible for the condition, then they can be held liable. Other times contractors themselves can be held solely responsible for the accident and will usually have insurance coverage for these types of accidents. If it is a homeowner or commercial property owner, then their property insurance will likely step in to cover the losses.
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