Municipalities and property owners have a duty to ensure that their sidewalks are well-maintained and kept free of dangerous conditions. When they fail to meet this duty, serious injuries to pedestrians may occur. At the law firm of Trombly & Singer, PLLC, our Washington DC defective sidewalk lawyer will work hard to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury, such as broken bones or a traumatic brain injury, due to unsafe sidewalk conditions, we may be able to help you get the compensation that you deserve. A slip and fall accident on a cracked or uneven sidewalk can result in severe and catastrophic injuries that can result in you being unable to work and left with extensive medical expenses. Each of our Washington DC premises liability attorneys has extensive legal experience helping individuals who have sustained serious personal injuries. We are prepared to put that experience to work for you. Contact our firm today.
Sidewalk Accident Liability
Establishing liability in your sidewalk accident case can be confusing. While some cases call for legal action to be taken against a private citizen, others call for the need to bring a lawsuit against a municipality. Once the appropriate defendant is identified, you must prove negligence. The burden of proof is the legal standard that must be met before having a valid case. The party responsible for the sidewalk has a duty to regularly monitor walking surfaces for any hazards posed to passersby. In order to have a case against them, you will need to prove that they knew or should have reasonably known about the hazard and did not take action to rectify the matter. In cases regarding defective sidewalks, you will need to prove that the hazard should have been known or was already known. If they were notified about this issue previously, that could be enough to prove negligence. If the accident happened because of snow or ice, the matter is a bit more confusing. Most municipalities give their citizens a window of time to clear walking surfaces of weather conditions after a storm. If you were injured within that window, you may not be able to recover damages because you chose to take that risk. If you believe that your injuries were caused by negligence, it is important to collect evidence.
To support your claim of negligence, it is important to collect some evidence if you can. If you need medical attention, it is important to seek it. A medical professional will provide you with the care you need while also documenting some of the facts of your case, including the place and general time of the incident. If possible, take photos of what injured you. In the case of weather-related hazards, it is important to act quickly because the conditions can disappear quickly. If you are not able to act for yourself, it is important to have an attorney send someone to collect evidence for you.
Skilled Representation in Sidewalk Injury Cases
In addition to helping you recover damages for medical expenses, your Washington DC defective sidewalk lawyer at Trombly & Singer, PLLC, can also pursue compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies and are not afraid to go to trial to help maximize your settlement. Whether you have been hurt on public or private property, we are committed to holding all negligent parties accountable for their actions.
Consult a Washington, D.C. Sidewalk Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a fall on an unsafe sidewalk, you may be entitled to financial compensation. We represent clients throughout Washington, D.C., and Maryland, including Montgomery County, Baltimore City, and Prince George’s County. With the assistance of local counsel, we also represent clients in Virginia and other jurisdictions. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.