Taking a walk down the street anywhere in the state of Connecticut should not be a source of fear for anyone. No matter where you are going, the use of a sidewalk should be a safe and reliable way to get from place to place. Sidewalk owners, regardless of whether they are private property owners or municipalities, are responsible for keeping their sidewalks clear of any hazards. For the most part, the party that owns the sidewalk is the party who owns the adjacent property. When an individual is injured because a sidewalk owner was negligent, they can suffer from serious injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, concussions, among others. These injuries can often result in lifelong impacts for an individual and include physical, financial, and emotional burdens.
Recovering damages after a sidewalk accident
When another party’s negligence causes a pedestrian to become injured on a sidewalk, it is essential for the injured party to consider his or her legal options. There may be a case that can allow the victim to recover significant damages that can help ease some of the hardships caused by the accident.
Economic damages: this may include compensation for the sidewalk accident victim’s financial burdens, including lost wages, time out of work, medical bills, rehabilitation, the cost of medical equipment, and more.
Noneconomic damages: this can include compensation for other burdens caused by the accident, such as emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, etc.
If you have been the victim of a property owner’s negligence, contact our firm today for quality legal guidance.
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