Who Is Responsible For Sidewalk Repair?Sidewalks have generally been in place for decades, but years of activity and exposure has caused them to deteriorate. The responsibility of sidewalks depends on the situation. For example, if a sidewalk has wet leaves, snow, ice, and other environmental hazards on it, the property owner has a duty to clear the path for pedestrians. If there are trees that have caused the sidewalk to rise up, crack, and become uneven, the city can be held responsible for the repair. The city may not be responsible if the damage to the sidewalk is very negligible; for instance, if there are only a few small cracks in the sidewalk, the city may be absolved of responsibility. If a property owner is aware of issues with the sidewalk and does not address them, he can be held responsible for any ensuing injuries. For instance, if a business owner knows that there is a section of the sidewalk that is raised and causes people to trip but does nothing to fix it, he can be held liable. Further, he can also be held liable if he caused the damage to the sidewalk in the first place. There is also the possibility that the owner was simply negligent and unaware of the hazard at all. However, he should have reasonably been aware, as any other dutiful property owner would have been in his position. With the help of our attorneys, you can determine who is liable for your injuries from a sidewalk slip and fall accident and take proper legal action against the correct entity.
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What Are Causes Of Sidewalk Accidents?There are many reasons that sidewalk accidents happen, and some are directly attributed to the negligence of property owners. It is not uncommon to see people trip and fall over discarded items and materials; for instance, sticks, garbage, toys, and more can all be left on the sidewalk, sometimes overnight, which may cause passersby to trip. Over time, natural disasters, weather, wear and tear, and expanding tree roots can all cause sidewalks to break and crack, sometimes even popping them up and causing raised sections that are uneven and hard to navigate. These instances are no one’s fault, and the repair should be left to the city, while continued maintenance should be the responsibility of the property owner. Cracks in the sidewalk can be detrimental to more than just those who walk on foot. Any disabled individuals in wheelchairs and who use canes and walkers can get stuck in the cracks, causing them to suddenly fall over. Those who have service dogs or who are blind can fall much easier than those who do not. Also, parents pushing their babies in strollers may not see the full view of the sidewalk, and a fall can cause the carriage to upend, resulting in injuries to the child or children. If you were hurt in a sidewalk trip and fall accident, you should contact our law firm. We will help you determine who was liable and who you can take legal action against.
What Are Common Sidewalk Slip And Fall Injuries?Victims of sidewalk slip and falls can suffer various damages to their bodies as a result of the accidents. The risk of damage increases because of how sudden the impact may be. A raised section of a sidewalk can cause you to catch your foot and plummet to the ground; it can be even more debilitating if your hands are occupied or you’re carrying bags, luggage, or groceries. Older individuals who fall on the sidewalk are more susceptible to damage due to a life of injuries and wear and tear on the body. Elderly victims may suffer various injuries because of brittle bones, and once the damage has been done, more injuries can start to appear. It is not uncommon to see elderly individuals suffer a simple injury like a broken leg only to have the condition worsen or never fully heal. We have handled cases where injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Fractures and sprains
- Nerve damage
- Muscle tears
- Knee and hip injuries
- Neck and spinal cord damage
- Brain injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Wrist, arm, and finger injuries
What Should I Do After A Slip And Fall On The Sidewalk?After a slip and fall accident, you should go to the doctor to get treated for any injuries that you may have suffered. You can also call the paramedics if you need on-site assistance. You should get medical treatment regardless of whether or not you believe you were seriously hurt; some damages can manifest much later. Further, if there is a large gap between the accident and medical treatment, the insurance agent may claim that you were hurt elsewhere and you’re trying to blame the injuries on the fall. Next, you should take as many photos of you can of the sidewalk from different angles. You can get the materials and hazards on film, and you can also photograph your injuries to show the extent of the damages. If there were any witnesses who saw you slip and fall, you could ask them for their testimonies and statements. Other witnesses could be neighbors who can attest to the condition of the sidewalk and workers who could back up your claim. You should try to identify who is liable for the damage. If it were a business, you could file an incident report with the company. Otherwise, you may need to do more research to find out just who should be held responsible. Lastly, you should contact a qualified sidewalk slip and fall lawyer to handle your claim for you. You may not be able to deal with the stress of the lawsuit and you may not have the knowledge or experience required to successfully negotiate a fair deal. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience and we have proven case results to show it.
What Can I Receive From A Sidewalk Accident Lawsuit?The insurance agent will weigh the amount of damages you suffered to make an offer. If the injuries were severe and had a large effect on your job and life, you would likely be eligible for more compensation than if you were not seriously hurt. Your case could be worth over $200,000 if you were seriously injured.
Chat Live with a representative and schedule a free case review.We will strive to bring you compensation for the following damages:
- Medical expenses and bills from the past and future
- Property damage and lost items
- Lost income from missed days of work from the past and future
- Emotional pain and suffering