Sidewalk Liability in Pittsburgh, PA
When you trip and fall on a faulty sidewalk, you may be wondering if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, and you may wonder if you need an attorney. Edgar Snyder & Associates has experience dealing with all types of sidewalk slip and fall cases and can help you determine who is at fault for your injuries. Let us help you get the results and compensation you deserve. Contact our office today—we will review your case for free. We're available 24/7 at 412-394-1000.
Can You Sue a City for Bad Sidewalks?
You may be able to sue your city or municipality if you can prove the sidewalk you fell on was unsafe. As with any personal injury case, you must prove that your injuries were a result of the someone else's negligent actions. Because the city is considered a public defendant, there are important deadlines that you cannot miss when filing a lawsuit against the city. In Pennsylvania, you only have six months to file a lawsuit against a city or town. If you miss this deadline, you are barred from taking any legal action. Because there is such a small window to file a lawsuit against a city or town, we urge you to call our office as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the faster evidence will disappear.
In order to prove liability, you must be able to demonstrate that the city had ample time to fix the sidewalk and that it was unreasonably unsafe. We encourage you to document the details of your fall. This means taking pictures of the sidewalk, gathering medical bills, write down injuries, and keeping a written record of everything that happened.
Our clients often wonder, are sidewalks public property? Some sidewalks are public property while other sidewalks are considered private property. It is important to know whether the sidewalk you fell on is private or public property because this determines who is liable for your damages. It also determines who is responsible for sidewalk repairs. Our Pittsburgh sidewalk accident lawyers can help you get the answers you need and help you file your sidewalk lawsuit. Contact us today for a free, no obligation legal consultation.
Can You Sue for Tripping on a Sidewalk?
You may be able to sue if your trip was caused by someone else's negligence. If you sustain injuries after a trip on a sidewalk that isn't properly maintained, you could be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can review your case and determine if a public defendant (like a city or town) or a private property owner was responsible and failed to keep the sidewalk safe.
Filing a lawsuit against a public defendant can be complicated because there is a very small window to file the claim. You must also prove the city knew about the unsafe conditions for a reasonable amount of time. Even though these cases can be complex, our slip and fall attorneys have the experience to determine who is responsible for your injuries. Call us today for a free legal consultation at 412-394-1000.
Can You Sue for an Uneven Sidewalk?
You may be able to sue for injuries if you fell on an uneven or broken sidewalk. Sometimes injuries from a fall on the sidewalk are very minor; however, sometimes a fall on an uneven sidewalk can be so severe that surgery or rehabilitation is needed, resulting in expensive medical bills.
Every case is unique, and our law firm has extensive experience dealing with uneven pavement lawsuits. If you slip and fall on a sidewalk, we encourage you to take photos of the sidewalk, ask witnesses for their phone numbers, and document any uneven pavement injuries that occurred. We recommend you reach out to us as soon as possible—there are deadlines you can't miss when filing a claim.
What Constitutes a Sidewalk Trip Hazard?
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, a vertical difference of a quarter inch or more at any joint or crack is considered a sidewalk trip hazard. If the sidewalk on your property is considered a trip hazard, you should determine who is responsible for sidewalk repair. If your municipality is responsible, you should reach out to them immediately. However, if you are responsible for the repairs, we strongly encourage you to look into sidewalk trip hazard repair as you could be held liable if someone is injured on your property.
Hurt in a Sidewalk Slip and Fall Accident? Get the Results You Deserve
For 35, we have been working to get results for our clients all over Western Pennsylvania. We are committed to getting the compensation our clients deserve.
If you were injured in a sidewalk slip and fall, we encourage you to call our office as soon as possible. We will evaluate your case for free. And remember, "There is never a fee unless we get money for you." Chat with us online, fill out the online form, or call us today at 412-394-1000.