You and your children walk down them to get to your neighborhood park or school. You may enjoy riding on them with your bike on a beautiful day; either way, sidewalks are everywhere and play a very important role in transportation. They are meant to provide a safe path for people to travel along separate from the roadway, but unfortunately, they’re not always reliable or safe as much as we want to assume. Uneven pavement or a minor crack in concrete can send you tumbling face-first onto the concrete, leaving injuries.
Sidewalk injuries can range from minor to severe trauma to the face, neck, head, hands, hips or knees. Most sidewalk injuries are caused by:
Property owners are responsible for repairing cracks, potholes and uneven pieces of pavement, along with keeping their sidewalks clear of snow, ice and debris. If you trip and fall on a skateboard your neighbors’ child left on the sidewalk in front of his home, the parents may be held responsible for your injuries. Storeowners may be liable if you slip and fall on ice or snow in front of their shop.
Although property owners can be held responsible for your slip and fall, there is wiggle room for them to discover and repair their sidewalk’s defect. For instance, if ice collects in front of a store a few hours before it opens, and someone falls, there may not be enough time for the store manager to remove the dangerous ice that had collected because the store was still closed. A property owner who is aware of the defect in the sidewalk and does not repair it can be held liable for your injuries; including store owners who open their shops without removing the danger.
To hold a party responsible for your injury, you need evidence; the more credible, the better. Here are some examples of evidence you can compile to support your claim:
Parvey & Frankel’s attorneys want to help you receive the compensation you need to get your life back on track. If you or a loved one have been injured by an unmaintained or defective sidewalk, please stop into our office for a free, no-risk consultation. Let’s hold the appropriate party responsible for their negligence and your injury.