Representing the Rights of People Who Were Injured in Sidewalk Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are consistently one of the most common sources of accidental injuries, sending some nine-million people to the emergency room each year. When these accidents occur because of sidewalk defects, victims may recover compensation, depending on the circumstances. Sidewalk defects can take many forms, including elevated panels creating a hazard on which pedestrians can catch their feet and trip, as well as cracks, chips, vertical displacements, and excessive gaps.
Accidents caused by sidewalk defects have the potential to leave victims with painful injuries, medical expenses, and other losses that deserve compensation. An attorney familiar with Washington law in the area of premises liability may review the facts of your case and determine whether you may be able to hold someone liable for your losses. To schedule a free consultation with a Seattle slip and fall lawyer, contact us online or call our office today.
Sidewalk Slips and Falls Can Cause Serious Injuries
When people fall because of problems with sidewalks, they can sustain extremely serious injuries. In some cases, these injuries can leave victims with medical problems or disabilities that will hurt them for years or even decades. Some injuries you could potentially sustain in a slip and fall incident that occurred on a sidewalk include:
- Broken bones
- Ankle sprains
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Serious soft tissue injuries
- Hip fractures
Seeking medical attention after an injury is an essential part of protecting your legal right to recover compensation. If you, a friend, or a loved one is injured in a sidewalk incident, it is imperative that the injured victim see a health care provider for medical diagnosis of injures and treatment, and, secondarily, to document evidence of the person’s physical injuries and medical costs, which can help in proving their damages to an insurance company or a court.
Who Is Responsible for Sidewalk Defects in Washington?
Many people hurt in sidewalk accidents wonder whom they can hold liable for their injuries. The answer, as is often the case with the law, is, “it depends.” Most sidewalks are public property, which means that a municipality is generally responsible for maintaining its sidewalks in a reasonably safe condition. That said, to recover compensation, sidewalk trip and fall victims must show that the municipality negligently created the sidewalk defect or allowed it to exist for a period of time. In addition, it may be possible to hold the municipality liable for failing to have a system in place where regular inspections have been conducted of city sidewalks since the municipality is responsible for making sure its sidewalks are in a reasonably safe condition for use by the walking public. In addition to the municipality, it may be possible for the sidewalk trip and fall victim to hold the abutting property owner liable for causing the dangerous condition in the sidewalk. The abutting property owner is the owner of property that abuts the dangerous section of the sidewalk in question. The abutting property owner may have liability for an uplift if the property owner planted a tree on their parkway whose tree roots, over time, have pushed up the section of the sidewalk, causing the uplift. In certain cases, it may be appropriate for the attorney to bring suit against both the municipality and the abutting property owner for a dangerous condition in the sidewalk and let a jury determine their proportionate share of fault or liability. Finally, if a sidewalk is on private property, a sidewalk trip and fall victim may hold the property owner liable for any injuries caused by unreasonably dangerous condition.
Call Us Today to Discuss Your Case with a Seattle Defective Sidewalk Lawyer
If you were injured in a slip and fall that an elevated sidewalk panel or other defect caused, the law may entitle you to compensation for your losses. With nearly three decades of experience practicing law in the courts of the state of Washington, attorney Jay Krulewitch has the expertise required to bring your case to a successful resolution. In addition, Mr. Krulewitch has handled many cases involving sidewalk uplifts and is familiar with how to successfully prosecute this kind of case in a court of law. To schedule a free case evaluation with Mr. Krulewitch, call our office today at (206) 233-0828 or contact us online.