Who is Liable for a Defective Sidewalk Injury in Washington, D.C.?

Unfortunately, many people find themselves wrongfully injured virtually every single day here in Washington D.C. One of the most common types of injuries we see is those involving sidewalk accidents and defective sidewalks. If you were hurt because of a defective sidewalk, however, we may be able to help you recover financial compensation so you can get your life back on track. Please continue reading and reach out to a knowledgeable Washington, D.C. sidewalk accident lawyer from Trombly & Singer, PLLC today to learn more about how our legal team can fight for the compensation you deserve and need to heal. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Who is responsible for a defective sidewalk injury in Washington D.C.?

Though you may not realize it, it can be complicated, at times, to determine liability for a sidewalk accident injury. For this reason, it’s always best to first hire a competent attorney who can assess the circumstances of your injury and determine the liable party. Typically, the property owner is responsible for any injuries sustained on their sidewalk. However, in some cases, such as if you were hurt on property owned by a municipality, the municipality itself may be responsible. It’s very important that you do everything in your power to document the circumstances of your accident and where you were injured so we can accurately and effectively bring your personal injury claim.

How long will I have to sue a property owner for a defective sidewalk injury in Washington D.C.?

The statute of limitations for sidewalk accident claims will depend entirely on the party responsible for your injury. For example, if you were injured on a sidewalk belonging to a private citizen, then you will likely have three years from the date of your accident to sue. However, if you were injured on a sidewalk owned by a municipality, you will have far less time. In fact, in Washington D.C., you will only have six months from the date of your accident to file a Notice of Claim with the District of Columbia. The bottom line is that if you were injured due to no fault of your own, the most important thing you can do is retain the services of our competent Washington D.C. injury attorneys as soon as you can. We’re ready to help–you just need to reach out.


Contact the experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC for help with your injury claim.