Did You Trip and Fall Because the Surface You Were Walking on Was Broken?

October 4, 2022

Taking a walk down a city street should be a safe and uneventful occurrence. Unfortunately, risks and hazards could always result in an injury. One situation that can pose some risk is if the sidewalk you are walking on was cracked, uneven, slippery, or broken, and you tripped and fell because of it. If you are injured due to a slip and fall on a city street, you could incur serious injuries and expensive medical and therapy bills. 

Who Is Responsible for a Sidewalk Slip and Fall?

If you have slipped and fallen, and incurred an injury because of it, you will likely want to know who is responsible for the maintenance and care of the sidewalk. Generally speaking, a property owner will take on some responsibility for the care of the sidewalk. The law generally states that the building owner, or lessor in some cases, will be responsible if they caused the hazard, knew about the hazard and didn’t make repairs, or should have known about the hazard. 

If you have been injured in a slip and fall, pursuing damages from the property owner, business owner, or lessor can be a good next step. Generally, these businesses will be covered by a liability insurance plan that is designed to give coverage in these situations. 

What Damages Can I Recover?

If you have been injured in a slip and fall case, there are numerous types of damage that you can recover. The most direct costs you can recover can include medical and therapy bills, lost wages, and ongoing care costs due to the accident. You may also be able to collect damages for pain and suffering and even punitive damages if the business owner was clearly negligent. A slip and fall accidents lawyer can help you determine what types of damage you can pursue. 

Reasons To Hire an Attorney

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it would always be a good idea to contact a local attorney to evaluate your case. There are a lot of complexities that come with this type of personal injury and your attorney will be able to review all the information to provide you with a detailed consultation. This will include assessing who is liable, what damages you can pursue, and what the upcoming process will look like. 

If you decide to move forward and pursue remedies for any damages incurred, your attorney can also help with this process, including filing any legal notices, identifying parties to name in the lawsuit, and handling any negotiations with the other parties involved. Ultimately, they will work hard to ensure you are properly represented and receive a fair outcome. 

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