If you or a loved one have suffered injuries due to an unsafe sidewalk, you may have legal options. Someone was responsible for keeping that sidewalk safe for everyone, and they did not take their duties seriously enough. They need to be held accountable, and that is still true even if the city was the entity responsible for keeping that sidewalk safe. It can seem intimidating to go after a city with legal action, but the Monmouth County sidewalk accident attorneys from our firm are ready to help you get justice.
What Kinds of Conditions Can Lead to an Unsafe Sidewalk?
There are many conditions that can make for an unsafe sidewalk, and the city in charge of maintaining these walkways should be on the lookout for them. When a city does not properly address safety hazards like these, it should be held liable for any injuries suffered:
- Holes and cracks in the sidewalk
- Standing water
- Snow or ice that should have been cleared
- Uneven surfaces
- Poor lighting
What Should I Do After a Fall on an Unsafe Sidewalk?
After a fall on an unsafe sidewalk, you should begin collecting evidence and doing everything that you can to care for your medical needs. You should:
- Take pictures of where you fell, showing the unsafe conditions
- Get the medical care you need
- Keep any medical bills or any other evidence of expenses that you should be compensated for
- Contact a personal injury attorney
- File a claim with the city
You do not have much time to sue the city, so staying as focused as possible and acting quickly is a necessity.
How Long Do I Have to Sue After an Accident?
Cases like these often have a statute of limitations, meaning that you only have a certain amount of time to sue after getting injured. When cities are involved, that deadline is even tighter. You must file a claim within 90 days of getting injured. Miss that window and you could completely miss your chance to pursue compensation.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?
A personal injury attorney can help you fight for fair compensation that helps make up for your medical bills, any wages you lost out on while recovering, and any pain and suffering that you and your loved ones have experienced as a result of this accident.
Your lawyer will act as your advocate at all times. They will gather the evidence needed to make your case and fight for the best possible outcome with you. They can answer any questions that you may have, and they can prepare you for testimony or depositions. You are not required to hire a lawyer when suing for personal injury, but we emphatically recommend it.
Talk to Our Legal Team Today
When you are ready to move forward with a personal injury suit, contact the Wilton Law Firm. Our experienced and compassionate lawyers are ready to help you and your family make things right. Schedule your consultation today.