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Who is liable for a slip-and-fall injury on a sidewalk?

On Behalf of | May 29, 2024 | Personal Injury, Slip-And-Falls

Accidents and injuries can happen unexpectedly. Even if you were just walking on a sidewalk, poorly maintained pavement could cause you to slip and fall. This incident could result in severe injuries and, sometimes, lifelong consequences. Sustaining injuries on a sidewalk often pose confusion to people, especially when it comes to seeking compensation.

Multiple reasons cause slip-and-fall accidents

There could be several reasons for a slip-and-fall accident on a sidewalk. It could be because of uneven pavement, cracked pathways, potholes, protruding tree roots or other obstructions on the sidewalk. Weather also affects the condition of sidewalks; rain and snow increase the risk of slip-and-fall accidents. Such incidents could also occur when there are no warning signs for unsafe pavements or there is insufficient lighting in the pathway. Slip-and-fall accidents could seem simple, but they could result in severe conditions, including broken bones, back fractures and head injuries.

Location matters in seeking compensation for slip-and-fall accidents

In California, owners are responsible for maintaining sidewalks adjacent to their properties. They must ensure that the sidewalks along and in front of their properties are usable and safe. At the same time, the state is responsible for keeping public sidewalks and those near government buildings safe for every pedestrian.

Injured victims are eligible for compensation

Compensation should be available if you have been involved in a slip-and-fall accident due to unsafe sidewalk conditions. You can recover costs for your medical expenses and property damages from the liable party. However, you must prove that there was negligence involved in causing the accident. For instance, a store owner failed to fix a persistent broken pavement leading to their shop. They know that the pavement is unsafe and needs repair, but they neglect it. Getting into a slip-and-fall accident on a public sidewalk, however, poses additional challenges. Special rules apply when seeking compensation from the government, as they have immunity in certain lawsuits.

Whether you get into a slip-and-fall accident on private or public property, you should be able to receive compensation for your injury and other damages. It is crucial to consult experienced personal injury lawyers as soon as possible to help you with the process and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.