Who Is Responsible For My Sidewalk Injury?
Who is responsible if you trip and fall on a cracked sidewalk in Los Angeles County? It is estimated that Los Angeles has more than 30,000 miles of sidewalk. Every trip and fall accident on this long stretch of sidewalk is fact specific. In order to determine liability, your San Fernando Valley personal injury attorney must first determine who has a duty to maintain: the city or an adjacent property owner.
The City v. An Adjacent Property Owner
In Los Angeles County, the maintenance of sidewalks is generally the city’s responsibility. In other words, if the city fails to properly upkeep the sidewalk and you trip and fall, the city will be liable for your injuries. But the city may not always be the only culprit.
Determining liability is not so cut and dry. It often involves a comprehensive investigation by an experienced San Fernando Valley personal injury attorney.
Examples of Sidewalk Slip and Fall Accidents
Below are some hypothetical examples that demonstrate the importance of a detailed investigation after a sidewalk slip and fall accident or any serious premises liability accident.
– If a sidewalk is in poor condition as a result of tree roots, the property owner whose tree it belongs to maybe liable for your injuries.
– If you fell on debris left by tree trimmers who were recently in the area, the tree trimmer or gardener may be responsible.
– If a dog that was chasing you while off its leash caused your trip and fall accident, the dog owner may be responsible.
In order to determine who is liable, your attorney must pay attention to the details of the accident. Generally speaking, the quality of the discovery phase after a slip and fall accident can turn a losing case into a winner – or a winning case into a loser.
If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident on a sidewalk, you should immediately consult an experienced San Fernando Valley personal injury attorney to help you recover the full extent of the compensation that you deserve.
At the Law Offices of Vahdat & Associate, our attorneys are dedicated to fighting for your rights. We handle all premises liability cases on a contingency basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we get results. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyers, please call 818-745-2974 or visit us at www.sfvlaw.com.