An Experienced Sidewalk Injury Lawyer Can Take on Government Entities When Necessary
Our attorneys understand the responsibility of the city in keeping sidewalks safe for pedestrians, and we will represent you if you were injured as a result of negligent actions. It is easy to misstep when you are walking, or to misjudge something. You may trip and fall, scratching your knee. In a lot of cases, these instances are our own fault—not paying careful enough attention to where we are walking. Sometimes, however, cracks and uneven sidewalks are the culprit. If you were injured as a result of this type of slip and fall accident, our sidewalk injury lawyers in San Diego, CA, can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
If you suffer an injury caused by tripping on an improperly maintained public sidewalk, you should be aware that there is a short deadline for making a claim.
Consequences of Poorly Maintained Sidewalks
There are several signs of a poorly maintained sidewalk. These may include (but are not limited to):
- Numerous cracks in the sidewalk
- Uneven sidewalks
- Tree roots forcing themselves up through the sidewalks
Sidewalk maintenance can get expensive, which is why it is so often overlooked until an injury occurs. These injuries may be minor in nature, such as scratches, bruises, and a little road rash. However, they may also be more severe, including head and back injuries.
Sidewalk maintenance can get expensive, which is why it is so often overlooked until an injury occurs.
While some scratches and bruises or a sprained ankle may not merit a visit to the emergency room, more serious injuries require immediate medical attention. Broken bones, head trauma, and back injuries can have long-term consequences if not treated right away. The medical expenses incurred to diagnose and treat your injuries add up quickly. Not to mention, they may prevent you from returning to work, requiring you to use sick days or vacation time, or even miss several days without pay.
Who is Liable?
The liable party will depend on where your injury occurred. Most public sidewalks are the property and responsibility of the city. Maintenance of sidewalks on private property, however, is the responsibility of the property owner. This applies to both commercial and residential properties. In some cases, you may find it difficult to determine which party is responsible for maintaining the sidewalks. This makes it important to work with an attorney who has experience dealing with these types of personal injury cases.
Work with an Experienced Sidewalk Injury Lawyer
Not only can our attorneys help you determine the liable party, but we can also gather the necessary evidence to prove liability. This may include photographing the sidewalk that is cracked, uneven, or otherwise damaged. We will also carefully document the location to avoid confusion or disputes about where the accident actually occurred. If we find that the sidewalk is a government entity’s responsibility to maintain, we will take quick action.
In standard personal injury cases against a commercial or residential property owner, the statute of limitations is two years. This gives you two years from the date the injury occurred to file a lawsuit. When government entities are involved, however, the statute of limitations is only six months. This makes it crucial to work with an attorney who will file your claim in a timely manner in order to secure the settlement to which you are entitled.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you sustained a sidewalk injury that resulted from negligent maintenance, contact San Diego Injury Lawyer to schedule your free consultation. Together we will work to ensure you are compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages.