Anyone who lives in Michigan knows that our roads and highways are in poor
condition and cause a major problem to drivers. However, just like our
roads and highways, many of our city sidewalks are also in poor condition,
causing injury to pedestrians walking and bicyclists traveling on our
A sidewalk in poor condition would be a sidewalk that is broken, cracked,
uneven, or raised, causing hazard or danger to the public. Every scenario
is different, but the majority of time it is the responsibility of federal,
state, or municipal (city) entities to ensure that our Michigan sidewalks
are in good condition and free from potential hazards.
At the law firm of Goodman Acker, P.C., our
Michigan trip and fall attorneys frequently represent community members who were walking on a city sidewalk
and suffered an injury as a result of a broken or raised sidewalk. One
of our most recent lawsuits includes a woman who tripped and fell on a
Detroit city sidewalk after exiting her vehicle in front of a neighborhood
home. She was walking on the walkway from the street to the city sidewalk
when she tripped on a three inch raised portion of the sidewalk. After
the fall, our client was able to stand up and believed the pain she was
suffering from was muscle pain. However, 30 days after the sidewalk accident
she went to see her doctor. Her doctor performed an MRI which showed she
suffered from two bulging discs. More doctor visits also revealed that
she suffers from chronic fatigue and a herniated disc causing frequent
Our Michigan trip and fall lawyers are in the midst of investigating the
case and will be filing a lawsuit on her behalf for compensation for her
pain and suffering.
Injuries will vary in sidewalk accidents, however the most common types
of injuries resulting from these cases include head injury, broken bones,
or fractures. If serious injuries result due to the negligence of the
city or governmental entity in keeping a sidewalk free of hazard, an injured
victim and their family may be able to file a claim for their injuries.
Because it is not always obvious who is liable when these trip and fall
accidents occur and Michigan law can be strict when it comes to holding
an entity liable, it is very important to get an experienced attorney
involved so they can investigate the claim and determine who is at fault.
As a resource, Goodman Acker P.C. Partner and Attorney Jerry Acker has
published this video explaining your rights after a trip and fall accident
on city sidewalks. See below to view this video.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries on a Michigan sidewalk that
is broken or raised, you may have a claim for your damages.Call our office today at (248) 793-2010 to discuss your case for free and
at no obligation with one of our experienced lawyers. Time is limited with these cases so call now. Waiting too long could stop
you from collecting any compensation at all.