Falling on a City Sidewalk

Breaking down every step of the Premises Liability Process

If someone falls on a broken city sidewalk and is injured, can they sue the city?

If someone falls on a broken city sidewalk, they can sue the city for damages. Broken sidewalks may be caused by construction, or by tree roots, but if the city is aware of the defect and doesn’t fix it, then they are liable.

There are four elements to a successful lawsuit:

  1. The city had actual or constructive notice of the hazard.
  2. The city failed to remedy the condition.
  3. The condition caused injury to the plaintiff.
  4. The plaintiff was not aware of the hazard or assumed the risk of injury.

Filing a premises liability lawsuit

The DOJ reported that approximately 4 billion dollars are awarded to compensate premises liability injury victims each year. The most common types of premises liability lawsuits are those filed on behalf of children, trespassers, and visitors. If a child is injured on someone else’s property, for example, the owner may be sued for failing to provide safe conditions for children. If a person is injured on someone else’s property and they are not a trespasser, the owner may be sued for failing to provide adequate warning of dangerous conditions. If someone is injured on someone else’s property and they are a trespasser, the owner may be sued for failing to provide adequate warning of dangerous conditions.

Finding the best premises liability lawyer

It’s not an easy task to find the best premises liability lawyer. You may be tempted to go with the first law firm you see or the first billboard you pass, but that might not be the best decision. There are many different factors that go into deciding who is the best. Some lawyers specialize in specific areas, and it’s important to know what your case needs before you start looking.

The lawyer should be experienced, knowledgeable, and honest. You want someone who will be there for you every step of the way. Whichever online or offline source of knowledge you’re using to gather information about prospective lawyers, make sure that it’s trustworthy and reliable.

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How MillionDollarLawyer.com can help with your premises liability case

If you were injured by on someone else’s property, you have plenty of options to recover a fair compensation. Bringing a lawyer onto your case can help you understand how much your case is worth and how to get the maximum compensation possible.  Please – don’t accept any insurance offers to settle until you take your case to an experienced premises liability attorney.  Our lawyers have decades of experience handling property-related cases and they all offer free consultations on new cases. Call today for a free consultation.

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