Pedestrian sidewalk accidents are one of the most common slip and fall accidents. Many sidewalk accidents occur from distractions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury, and over 17,000 people die in the U.S. annually because of these injuries. In order to prove your sidewalk accident case, you must first prove that the property owner was negligent. This means the property owner knew that the sidewalk was unsafe and did nothing to fix it.
Sidewalk Accident. Who Is Liable?
To make a sidewalk accident slip and fall claim, you must know if it was a public sidewalk or the property owner/tenant’s responsibility. If the sidewalk accident occurred as the result of an object dropped from a work site or a construction site, it is the contractor, property owner, and/or construction firm in charge that is held accountable. Although, if the accident occurred in a neighborhood or private residential property, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to address the situation in a timely manner. The best way for property owners to avoid this type of liability is by ensuring that they maintain sidewalks properly and make the needed repairs before it becomes a defect.
Injured victims of sidewalk accidents can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, and benefits, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering. Also, the family of a deceased victim can seek compensation as well by filing a wrongful death claim.
Slip and Fall Injuries
- Broken bones
- Sprained ankles
- Torn ligaments
- Spinal cord damage
- Brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Common Causes of Sidewalk Accidents
- Faulty Construction: holes, cracks, uneven surfaces, loose bricks, broken pavement
- Snow and Ice: snow must be cleared by a property owner
- Plants and Trees: branches and uprooted cement from large trees
- Construction Sites: falling debris destroying sidewalks, grease, spills, electrical wires
Get the Help you Need if You’re Injured on a Sidewalk
- Immediately call for help and if it is serious, call 911
- Seek medical attention right away
- Document the scene: take pictures of your accident, the environment, and if possible, get witness statements
- Notify the property owner about the incident
- Contact an attorney
Each state has specific legislation according to the type of accident, but most states have strict notice and time deadlines for making a personal injury claim against a municipality. States place a limit on how much you can recover from the state or a municipality if you win. If someone has been injured in a sidewalk accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. They can explain your options and protect your rights that arise from unfortunate circumstances.
Don’t risk the statute of limitations running out on your slip and fall case, leaving you stuck with medical bills from an injury. At Edelman, Krasin, & Jaye, PLLC, we offer more than 60 years of combined experience and have convenient office locations in Long Island and the Bronx, and we know how to approach these cases to get the results you need. We will be there to help after your injury accident. You can reach our New York offices located in Long Island, Brooklyn, or the Bronx, by phone at 800-469-7429 or use the online contact form to schedule an appointment.