Trip and fall accidents occur every day. For some who fall, they are able
to get back up again and keep walking injury free. However for many, a
trip and fall accident can be very detrimental and cause significant injury.
Some of the most common type of injuries that can result from a sidewalk
trip and fall incident include broken bones, brain injuries, hip and back
injuries. In some cases, these types of accidents can even result in death.
At the law firm of Goodman Acker, P.C. we actively represent those who
have suffered significant injuries as a result of a sidewalk trip and
fall. For more information about your rights and how our
Michigan trip and fall lawyers may be able to help you, call our office today at
Common Causes of Trip & Fall Accidents
There are a variety of reasons why someone may trip and fall on the sidewalk.
Some of the most common causes include:
- Broken sidewalk
- Uneven or raised elevations in pavement
Liability After Trip & Fall Accident in Michigan
Depending on where the fall took place will depend on who is
liable for the injuries. Private property owners are liable to repair any problems on sidewalks
such as cracks, uneven pavement or potholes that would possibly cause
a trip and fall accident. In fact, depending on the city of where the
defect is located, some owners may receive a notice to repair if the municipality
determines the condition is dangerous and not up to par with city regulations.
However liability can be difficult to hold an owner to, as it is not always
considered aproperty owners' fault if a pedestrian trips and falls and injures themselves. In fact, Michigan
law has an open and obvious doctrine that states a person of "average
intelligence" should have seen the hazardous condition and avoided
it. In addition, the law also gives property owners a reasonable amount
of time to discover a sidewalk defect and time to fix it.
If the trip and fall accident took place on a city sidewalk, meaning a
sidewalk not adjoining private property, then the liability for pedestrian
injury typically falls on either the federal, state, or municipal (city)
in charge of the sidewalk. Just like private property owners, these governmental
agencies still hold the same responsibility of keeping their sidewalks
up to par and free of danger.
In this video below Senior Partner and Personal Injury Attorney,
Gerald Acker, discusses trip and fall injuries. Watch this video to learn more about
what rights you may have as a victim against the city.
Trip and fall cases can be quite complex and difficult to pursue when trying
to prove that the city was at fault for your injuries.
For this reason it is important that if you or your family member were
injured as a result of a trip and fall accident on a sidewalk that you
consult with a trusted attorney who has significant experience trying
these type of cases.
Get Help Today From Our Michigan Trip & Fall Attorneys
For over 30 years, the
Michigan personal injury law firm of Goodman Acker, P.C. has been helping accident victims get justice and receive the maximum
compensation they deserve. If you or your loved one has suffered from
sidewalk injuries, we can help you. Our Michigan trip and fall attorneys
have significant experience representing victims injured in these types
of accidents and know how to strategically defend claims on behalf of
our clients against the governmental agencies.
For more information on how we can help you or to determine if you have
a claim, call our top rated attorneys today at
(248) 793-2010 for afree, no obligation consultation. We will discuss your case with you, explain your rights and answer any
questions that you may have regarding your case. Best of all should you
need our representation, we represent our clients on atrusted no win no fee promise, meaning there are no legal fees or costs whatsoever until we win or settle
your case. Call now to get the help you need and deserve!