One of the most common types of accidents relate to slips and falls or trips and falls on a sidewalk. Sidewalks often provide pedestrians with a false sense of security. The truth is many sidewalks are insufficiently constructed, maintained, or repaired to allow people safely walk down the street. Construction can also cause there to be inadequately marked or otherwise unsafe walking areas.
While both pedestrians and property owners have a responsibility to ensure safety on sidewalks, in most cases, property owner negligence or hazardous walkway conditions are the primary causes of pedestrian injury. Sidewalk defects can allow dangerous cracks and potholes to form, particularly during the cold weather months when ice forms, forcing the pavement to rise, and when the ice thaws, causing the pavement to sink.
Sidewalk accidents can result in permanent, catastrophic injury, brain damage, or even death. Whenever a person is injured or killed in a pedestrian sidewalk accident, they or their loved ones could have legal options for pursuing damages. The result of the lawsuit would depend largely on the specifics of the case and should be discussed with an experienced personal injury attorney.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a sidewalk accident, seek the counsel and advice of a law firm thoroughly experienced in the specific complexities of pedestrian-related cases and proven in the courtroom. The personal injury attorneys at Nelson, Robinson & El Ashmawy, PLLC can clearly explain your legal options and handle the critical details associated with your case while you focus on your recovery and well-being. If you have questions regarding such matters, please contact us by e-mail or call us at (212) 962-1740 and let us help you protect your rights.