Causes Of Falls On Sidewalks
There’s an extensive list of situations which can lead unsuspecting pedestrians to suffer falls on sidewalks. Some of the most common ones that our team of legal professionals have encountered include:
- Uncleared snow and ice
- Trash and debris
- Uneven segments or slabs
- Large cracks
In addition to the above, there are also many cases in which the natural wear and tear of the sidewalk’s surface and a lack of maintenance or restoration can also prove hazardous.
Trip And Fall Injury Lawsuits
Determining who the responsible party is can be a complicated step in a sidewalk injury claim.
It seems reasonable that the segment of the sidewalk in front of a particular property is the responsibility of the property’s owner, and in many instances, this is true. However, trip and fall claims will also consider how much blame can be attributed to the victim themselves.
For instance, there could indeed be a dangerous crack in a cement sidewalk that causes a person to trip, fall, and suffer an injury upon impact. In this case, the property owner could be found negligent for now fixing the fault in the sidewalk, but they may also argue that the victim should have been more vigilant about where they were walking. Some blame may be attributed to the victim, and the total compensation could be diminished by the percentage of fault that is ultimately deemed to be on behalf of the victim.
If nothing else, the previous example should demonstrate how complicated the laws around sidewalk accidents can be. It also emphasizes the importance of finding an experienced lawyer who will be able to build the most robust case for their client. Our team of Pennsylvania sidewalk accident lawyers have fought and won these types of cases in the past, they know how to bring forth compelling legal claims on behalf of victims, and they can do the same for you.
Can You Sue The City For Tripping On A Sidewalk?
Victims of injuries on public property or areas considered to be City property face legal challenges that are much more complex. Cities in the State of Pennsylvania have established some stringent guidelines that must be followed when claims of negligence are brought forth against them.
In fact, the relevant laws and statutes which deal with these cases are different to those used to argue a civil claim against a private property owner. Similarly, the time limit to bring the claim forth is also different – much shorter – than in civil court claims.
To ensure that the time threshold for filing a sidewalk accident lawsuit does not run out, and you are left without the compensation you deserve, get in touch with our legal team as soon as possible. Via our free legal consultations, we will analyze the facts of your case and determine all of the parties that can be held responsible for the damages you have suffered.
Most important is the fact that our team only works on a contingency basis. This is to say, if we are not able to secure a compensation for our clients, we do not charge any legal fees. We want our clients to know that their best interest is ours as well. We will not settle if we believe there is a chance to obtain a better result for our clients, and we have the resources necessary to see cases all the way through to the end.