How to Sue After Being Injured Due to a Defective Sidewalk in Washington D.C.

Though sidewalks are not traditionally thought of as dangerous, when property owners are negligent, they quickly can become so. If you are someone who has recently been injured in a sidewalk accident, you must read on and reach out to our experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common causes of sidewalk accidents?

Sidewalk accidents can be caused by any number of factors. Some of the most common causes of sidewalk accidents can include uneven pavement, potholes, loose debris, or weather-related hazards left unattended causing serious slip and falls. If you were injured because of any of the aforementioned factors, there is a very good chance you will qualify for financial compensation.

How do I sue for an injury sustained in a sidewalk accident?

To win a premises liability lawsuit, you will have to prove that the property owner either knew, or should have reasonably known about the unsafe conditions, failed to fix them, and that you sustained injuries and incurred significant financial damages as a result. Our firm can gather and present all the evidence needed to prove these claims, including surveillance footage of the accident, pictures of the unsafe sidewalk conditions, medical documents, police reports, witness statements, and more.

How long can I wait to sue for a sidewalk accident in Washington D.C.?

After sustaining an injury, many people wait to take legal action against the party responsible to see if their injuries heal on their own. However, we cannot recommend you do so, as there is a statute of limitations in place for sidewalk injuries in Washington D.C. If you were injured on a sidewalk on private property, you will, generally, have three years from the date of your accident to sue. However, if you were injured on property owned by a municipality, you will have to file a Notice of Claim in a far shorter amount of time. If you do not, you will most likely be barred from suing. That is why it is always best to speak with an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney as soon as you can so he can assess your situation and ensure you file your personal injury claim on time. Our firm is here to help. All you have to do is ask.


The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.