Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit if I was Hurt in a Sidewalk AccidentCan I file a personal injury lawsuit if I was hurt in a sidewalk accident? This is a question that you may be asking if you were hurt in a sidewalk accident.
You may think of a sidewalk as providing convenience, comfort and stability to walk on. You may think that a sidewalk is much safer to walk on than the ground, rocks or grass, and in most instances you would be right.
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However, did you know that over 1 million people in the United States have what is known as a slip and trip or fall accident that results in injury every year. A good number of these accidents and injuries take place on a sidewalk.
There are several things that can contribute to a sidewalk accident. Some of these are:
Violations of safety or building codes
The accumulation of ice or snow on the sidewalk
Holes and pitting in the concrete and cement of the sidewalk
Improper or faulty construction of the sidewalk
An excessive amount of debris or dirt that has built-up on the sidewalk
Damage and cracks in the sidewalk from tree roots
Unlevel or uneven slabs
Shoddy paving methods or faulty materials being used in the construction of the sidewalk
The accumulation of water and puddles on the sidewalk
Cables, bolts or pipes that are protruding from the sidewalk
Tree roots that result in lifting of the sidewalk
The lack of warning signs
Any other defect in the sidewalk that can result in a person having a slip and trip or fall accident.
Some people have a slip and trip or fall accident on a sidewalk and are not injured. Other people are not as fortunate.
There are several types of injuries that can result from a sidewalk accident. These include:
Bruises and cuts
Damage to your knee
Breaks and fractures to your arm, wrist, ankle or other bones
Rotator cuff injuries to your shoulder
A broken hip
A connective tissue injury
TBI (traumatic brain injury).
The thing you really want to know is, Can I file a personal injury lawsuit if I was hurt in a sidewalk accident? If I can, Who do I file the lawsuit against?
That depends on whether your sidewalk accident happened on residential, government or commercial property. If it occurred on residential property, the landowner can be sued if they have not kept the sidewalk safe. If it took place on government property, there are special rules that are in place. If your sidewalk accident occurred on commercial property, the owner can be sued if they have not taken reasonable care of the sidewalk.
In any event, if you have been hurt in a sidewalk accident and are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, you will need the advice and expertise of a personal injury attorney representing you. The other party will be well represented by professional counsel. You need to be represented, too.
The wise thing to do is to allow a personal injury attorney to evaluate your case at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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