If you get injured on an unsafe sidewalk, who gets held accountable? Well, if the city was in charge of maintaining that sidewalk, they could be sued just like anyone else. There are some unique rules to worry about, but our New Jersey sidewalk accident lawyers can answer your questions and let you know how to proceed if you or a loved one has been injured due to an unsafe sidewalk.
What Causes a Sidewalk to Be Unsafe?
There are many ways to create an unsafe sidewalk, but poor maintenance is usually the culprit. The city is supposed to keep sidewalks in good condition. When it allows one to develop cracks, deep holes, and other types of damage, a tripping hazard is created. Poor lighting on pedestrian walkways can also be a problem, as can snow or ice that is not properly removed.
What Kinds of Injuries Are Commonly Caused by Unsafe Sidewalks?
Injuries from a sidewalk trip and fall can range from minor, like scrapes and cuts, to major. More serious injuries are more common among older victims, with one particularly serious danger being broken hips. Such an injury could result in high medical bills and mobility problems for life. Other potential outcomes include:
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
- Damage to ligaments
- Spinal cord injuries
Some of these injuries could have lasting effects. You may need medical care for the rest of your life. A city that does not make pedestrian safety a priority needs to be held accountable.
How Long Do I Have to Sue Over an Unsafe Sidewalk?
If you are suing a private citizen or a company, you have years to begin moving forward with a personal injury case. This is not true when you are suing a city. You have to submit a claim, informing the city of your intent to sue, within 90 days. That is not a lot of time!
This is why we recommend hiring a lawyer. Let our attorneys take care of this annoying paperwork while you focus on recovering from your injuries and spending time with your family.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Recover in a Lawsuit?
As we mentioned, injuries sustained in a sidewalk slip and fall can be quite serious. Your compensation has to address all of the costs associated with your accident, including your need for future care and the psychic toll this experience has taken on your family. A fair offer will help make up for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
Contact Our Law Firm Today
If you were injured due to an unsafe sidewalk and you plan to sue the city, you need to act quickly. Contact Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC and schedule a consultation. Our compassionate personal injury attorneys are ready to help you fight for compensation.