No one really puts much thought into walking on a sidewalk. After all, they are a safety tool made to keep pedestrians out of harm’s way when they need to walk along the road. Pedestrians generally take for granted sidewalks that are safe and free of hazards, just as they should be. Unfortunately, when the owner of a sidewalk fails to ensure that there are no hazards present, a pedestrian can trip or slip and fall and become very seriously injured. As a result, the injured party may face significant burdens that may include high medical bills, lost wages due to time out of work, and significant impacts on one’s future.
When an individual becomes injured due to the negligence of another party, they may wish to consider their legal options. It is important that an individual makes themselves aware of who owns the sidewalk. If a municipality owns the sidewalk, there may be added complexities in the case. It can be difficult to assign liability in sidewalk accident cases. In some cases, the municipality may have to take legal action against private or commercial parties. If they fail to do so, the municipality can be held liable.
Of course, each case is different so it is important to discuss one’s case with an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact our firm today.
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