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.
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.