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Can I Sue for A Poorly Maintained Sidewalk?

Posted on : November 26, 2017
a defective sidewalk may lead to an injury claim

Did you know that if a property owner or municipality is aware of a dangerous condition and doesn’t take any action to fix it that they could be held liable for injuries sustained in a slip and fall? There are complex legal concerns involved in these kinds of cases, but the basic element of negligence still applies. Getting your questions answered by a lawyer may help so that you know what to expect with a legal claim.

If you have recently sustained a slip and fall injury and you are curious about who may be held responsible, engaging with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible will allow for an appropriate investigation. Your attorney can tell you more about the party or parties who may be held responsible for your injuries. In order to hold a town or city liable for your injuries, if you slip and fall in a public sidewalk or street, you must be able to illustrate the basic concept of negligence.

Municipalities are responsible for their negligence in maintaining public sidewalks and streets. However, there are two primary limitations on an injured individual’s ability to sue a city, county, or other municipality. The first is that there are strict time deadlines for making a claim and there may be limits on how much you can recover from a state or municipality due to a poorly maintained sidewalk. If the negligence, such as a poorly maintained sidewalk, was the responsibility of a municipality, you may be able to show cause to recover personal injury compensation.

The street or sidewalk in question needs to have been unreasonably safe and therefore, you need to illustrate that the city or municipality knew about the dangerous condition and failed to correct it or should have known about the dangerous condition. Poorly maintained sidewalk that has cracks or uneven areas of the sidewalk, could pose serious risks for the elderly and children, especially. If you or someone you know has already been hurt in a slip and fall injury, you need to file a timely claim for compensation to increase your chances of success.

 

 

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