What to Know After Being Injured in a Sidewalk Accident

Taking a stroll down the sidewalk is not a scenario we expect accidents to happen in. However, there are many factors that could contribute to a sidewalk accident. Many people are injured daily while using the sidewalk due to factors such as potholes, uneven pavement, and insufficient lighting. Some other causes of these accidents may include hazards brought out by a storm or snow/icy conditions that may cause slippage. Many sidewalk accidents result in slipping and falling, causing wrongful injuries. Contact an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney today to walk you through the steps to create your claim. 

What are the most common causes of sidewalk accidents in Washington D.C.?

The most common causes of sidewalk accidents are as follows:

  • Uneven pavement
  • Loose debris on the sidewalk
  • Potholes
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Weather-related hazards
  • Unattended snow & ice

Am I able to sue after being in a sidewalk accident? 

In order to receive financial compensation after a sidewalk accident, you will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. The first step to take in this process is to hire an experienced Washington D.C. personal injury attorney who can help you to gather the evidence necessary to prove the specific negligent acts that resulted in your accident. Your personal injury attorney will begin the process by first proving that the property owner knew about the unsafe sidewalk conditions and failed to take any actions to resolve the issues. They will then help you to prove that the injuries you sustained were directly related to the unsafe sidewalk. Your attorney will assist you by gathering evidence that supports your claim including surveillance footage of the accident as it happened, medical documentation that details the extent and origin of your injuries, police reports, witness statements, and pictures of the unsafe sidewalk conditions. 

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Washington D.C.? 

The statute of limitations regarding personal injury claims in Washington D.C. is generally three years from the date of your accident. The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you will have to take legal action against the negligent party. You might assume that three years is a long time, but it is best to take legal action as soon as possible to avoid being potentially barred from suing after the three years is complete. It is best to file your claim quickly with the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney to receive the compensation you deserve. 


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.