Our nation’s crumbling infrastructure is routinely a topic of debate
among politicians, including those in local governments, state representatives,
and Senators that work closely with the federal government. While most
of the attention seems to be directed towards the conditions of highways
and freeways, many pedestrians encounter dangers caused by cracked, uneven,
or raised portions of the sidewalks in their neighborhoods. In the blink
of an eye, someone just walking down the street can trip, fall, and suffer
a serious injury.
Injuries often reported in
sidewalk trip and fall accidents include:
The elderly and young children are especially susceptible to serious injury
from a sudden fall. For this reason and so many more, it is crucial that
the sidewalks of our communities are well-maintained throughout the year.
Who is Accountable for Sidewalk Trip & Fall Injuries?
The sidewalk is a public walkway. Even when a person stumbles directly
in front of a retail location or home, it is incredibly difficult to assign
liability to that store or household. The question is raised, “Who
is actually liable for sidewalk trip and fall injuries?”
In many cases, the city, county, or municipality directly in charge of
maintaining sidewalks and streets can be held accountable in a sidewalk
trip and fall accident. Locals depend on these groups to provide a safe
living environment. Failing to uphold that intrinsic duty can shift liability
to governmental councils.
However, trouble often arises when someone tries to sue a city for not
fixing a dangerous sidewalk. After all, the lawsuit is going to target
people in power and those with potential connections to the court system.
KP Law specializes in representing clients who have suffered serious trip
and fall injuries caused by damaged sidewalks. If you've been injured
as a result of a sidewalk trip and fall, do not suffer in silence –
learn about how you may be entitled under the law to file a claim for
damages and obtain compensation for your medical bills as well as your
pain and suffering.
Contact our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers for more information or to start a claim.