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 (248) 793-2010.
There are a variety of reasons why someone may trip and fall on the sidewalk. Some of the most common causes include:
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.
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!
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