Who is to Blame in a Sidewalk Slip and Fall Accident

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Slip and fall injuries, as well as trip and fall injuries, can be very painful. When you inadvertently lose your balance and fall down, especially on hard or rough surfaces, you can seriously hurt yourself.
But such incidents are not your fault. If you slip or trip and fall, do not feel that you are at fault because of clumsiness or carelessness - often, it is actually the result of someone elses carelessness or lack of attention and maintenance that caused your fall.

Uneven Sidewalks

One such circumstance is when someone trips and falls on an uneven sidewalk, which can easily happen on a stroll through Philadelphia.

Although it can seem like you should blame yourself, an uneven sidewalk can be the result of poor maintenance of the sidewalk on the part of the local municipality, officials, or workers responsible for maintaining the infrastructure of the area.

Poor Maintenance

Falling on an uneven sidewalk because of poor maintenance on someone elses part can result in injuries that can range from minor to severe and long lasting, though all can be painful.

Injuries Arising from Slipping or Tripping on Uneven Sidewalks

Tripping and falling can cause twisted or sprained ankles, fractured or broken bones, cuts or scrapes, and bruises or other soft tissue injuries. But injuries from falling on uneven sidewalks can be much worse. Falling the wrong way and being unable to catch yourself can cause you to hit your head, which can result in head trauma, a concussion, or even brain injuries. It can also potentially hurt your spine and can even cause paralysis in extreme cases.

Emotional Damage

Aside from the pain that a trip and fall injury can cause you, it can also be emotionally and financially stressful to have tripped and fallen on an uneven sidewalk because of someone elses negligence in repairing it. Medical bills can be extremely expensive, especially when treating injuries. Staying in the hospital for even one day can cost hundreds of dollars, as can a single trip to the emergency room. Furthermore, any surgical costs, medical procedures, medicines, physical therapy, or long-term nursing care in the aftermath of your fall can only add to your overall expenses.

This can cause a lot of stress for you and your family, especially if you cannot work because of your injury and are having difficulty paying your bills. Dont let a negligent municipality official or worker ruin your life. If you have tripped and fallen on an uneven sidewalk, you might have a case and the right to receive compensation for your injuries. If so, you might need a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer.

What Can a Lawyer do For Me ? 

Your personal injury lawyer will help determine liability to see if the local municipality was responsible for the uneven sidewalk. This is why it is important for you, a relative, or a witness to photograph the place where you fell and to record your injuries. If possible, try to determine how long the sidewalk had been in disrepair, because if had been uneven for a long time and the municipality knew about it, your case will be much stronger.

It is also very important to contact a trip and fall lawyer quickly, because the time frame for pursuing a case against a municipality is much shorter than with a private company. Once the time frame is over, the municipality will not pay out any compensation and you will have to shoulder the financial burden of your medical bills on your own.

Once your liability is established, your lawyer will then negotiate a settlement to get you or your injured loved one the compensation you deserve. They will fight for your rights and not the rights of the municipality or the sidewalk owner. Call us at 215 735 4800 and start your case today.