Raised Sidewalk Accidents
Many accidents occur each year because of poorly maintained sidewalks. This could include raised sidewalks, cracked or broken sidewalks, tree roots, raised or depressed manhole covers, potholes, and more. Property owners can be held liable for injuries caused by those poorly maintained sidewalks, including businesses, individuals, or municipalities.
Property owners are responsible for keeping their property safe. When an accident occurs on the owners property, the owner can be held liable if their negligence contributed to the injury.
If you have a dangerous sidewalk in front of your home or business you should contact your city for authorization to repair it or have the city fix it right away. Some city ordinances require property owners to maintain their sidewalks even if they are damaged by trees planted by the city! City budgets are tight and sidewalk maintenance is frequently deferred, so many sidewalks are in a dangerous condition.
While it is expensive to tear out and replace concrete sidewalks many cities are using equipment to inexpensively grind down uneven spots. This is more cost effective than sidewalk replacement and safer than using an asphalt patch.
A person that has been injured by tripping on a broken sidewalk faces not only serious medical problems and medical expenses but also must decide whether to pursue a case against the property owner. Premises liability law can be complex, and there are a lot of requirements that must be met in order to successfully pursue a case. For example, if you have a claim against a city or other government entity you have only six months to file a written claim.
If you have been injured by a defective or poorly maintained sidewalk, seek medical attention immediately, and follow through on all treatment recommended by the doctor. Its also imperative to take photographs of the accident scene and hire an attorney as quickly as possible after the accident, before anyone can fix the sidewalk and destroy evidence.
If you have been injured because of raised sidewalks, you may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact Donald Sjaarda, premises liability attorney, at 714-963-8216 for assistance in pursuing your claim against the responsible parties. Call today for a free consultation.
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