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 sidewalks.
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 muscle spasms.
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.
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