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Property Owners Beware: Dangerous Sidewalk Conditions Can Lead to Serious Injuries

Property Owners Beware: Dangerous Sidewalk Conditions Can Lead to Serious Injuries

By Jan Hoen

Walking down the sidewalk should be a rather mundane activity, not a dangerous one. Sometimes, however, the sidewalk is unsafe and can cause injuries to pedestrians. Typically the owner of the property is responsible for keeping the sidewalk safe for pedestrian traffic and unfortunately, sometimes they fail to do so. Seeking compensation through a personal injury claim is an option for individuals who have been injured because of another party’s negligence. 

Upkeep of Property

Property owners are typically responsible for the proper upkeep and maintenance of their property. This usually includes both indoor and outdoor spaces where anyone may have access to the property. If the owners fail to maintain the property, serious injuries can occur. Should someone fall on their property due to lack of upkeep, the owner may be held liable.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of premises accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than a million slip and fall accidents occur every year in the United States. Approximately 17,000 people die yearly due to injuries related to slip and fall accidents.  If a walkway or driveway is part of the immediate premises of the building, the property owner is liable for ensuring it is safely maintained.

Negligence and Liability

In order to successfully resolve a personal injury or wrongful death claim, you must prove both liability and negligence. Premises liability means that the person or entity you are suing was responsible for maintaining the premises. Once liability is established, you must also prove that negligence occurred. A negligent act is one where the person knew there was a potential for danger or injury yet did not take proper action to fix it and did not warn the public that there could be a potential problem.

Seek Compensation for Serious Injuries with a Personal Injury Attorney

When someone suffers a serious injury because of a slip and fall accident, it may be cause for legal action. While an injury might not seem serious at first, many such injuries worsen over time. The medical expenses related to this type of injury can be quite high, particularly if surgery and rehabilitation are required. Some injuries are so serious that full recovery will never happen. If you or someone you love was hurt because of the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. You may seek damages that include money for medical treatments, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contact the skilled personal injury lawyers at Hampton Injury Law, PLC to discuss your case with us.

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