Nadrich & Cohen represent those who are injured because of an uneven sidewalk.
Uneven sidewalks are common causes of fall accidents. When a property owner knows or should know that a defective sidewalk exists but fails to fix or warn about the issue, they can held liable for any injuries sustained because of the condition in a personal injury lawsuit.
If you have been injured in a fall accident and suffered injuries, Nadrich & Cohen can help you recover compensation from the property owners (or their insurance company) for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering and more.
We have been handling personal injury claims like uneven sidewalk claims for over 30 years. We have recovered over $400,000,000 for our clients. Best of all, we are contingency fee lawyers. This means we won’t charge you anything to represent you in your uneven sidewalk injury case until and unless we recover financial compensation on your behalf. You won’t owe us any upfront fee and you won’t owe us any money out of pocket. The only fee we will charge to represent you in your trip and fall on uneven sidewalk case is a percentage of any money we recover on your behalf.
If you cannot afford for your injuries to be treated, we can get you to some of the finest doctors in the state who will treat you on a lien, meaning you won’t be charged for treatment until your case is over. Why are doctors willing to do this for Nadrich & Cohen? Simple: because doctors know we get our clients great results.
Call a sidewalk accident lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen today for a free consultation if you or a loved one suffered fall injuries after tripping on a public sidewalk or private sidewalk such as an apartment complex sidewalk. You can also text us from this page or fill out our free case evaluation form on this page. Call us today so we can fight on your behalf to recover the justice and compensation you deserve.
California Sidewalk Fall Accidents
Most people get injured on sidewalks due to poor sidewalk maintenance leading to a dangerous condition. This condition then creates a harm risk for anyone who reasonably uses the sidewalk.
When pedestrians walk down sidewalks, they typically assume the sidewalks are level and without hazards. When this isn’t the case, slip and fall or trip and fall accidents can occur, causing those who tripped on sidewalk defects to be injured.
Some of the injuries we commonly see in sidewalk fall personal injury cases include cuts, broken bones, brain injuries, back injuries, soft tissue injuries and muscle strains.
Accidents on sidewalks are commonly caused by an unsafe condition like:
- Tree roots pushing up parts of the sidewalk
- Cracks causing parts of the sidewalk to be raised
- Uneven sections of sidewalk
For your lawyer to be able to prove liability in a sidewalk accident case, they will need to have an understanding of California law.
If you get injured due to a defective sidewalk, it’s vital for you to immediately take photographs of the sidewalk since the sidewalk may be repaired before you’re able to file a personal injury case.
It depends on the factors involved as to who might be liable in a sidewalk injury case. However, parties that might be held liable include a private property owner, an apartment complex, a business owner or a homeowner. A government entity like a city government might also be liable if the injury occurred on public property.
In California, you have two years from the date of an injury to file a claim seeking financial compensation. However, when government entities are involved, the injured party only has six months to file this claim. This time limit is also known as a statute of limitations.
If you fail to file your claim soon enough after the accident occurred, it could forever bar you from recovering compensation for the injuries you suffered.
Sidewalk accidents can happen because of:
- Defective sidewalks
- Uneven sidewalks
- A sidewalk with a poor condition
- A cracked sidewalk
- A vehicle gets driven onto a sidewalk, colliding with you
The city you were injured in could have planted trees and those trees’ roots may have damaged the sidewalk. Concrete could have been improperly poured.
Soil might have been improperly compacted before the sidewalk sections were placed. This causes shifting of loose soil, separating whatever concrete is above the soil.
If you trip because of a cracked or raise section of sidewalk, or you get hit by a vehicle driving on the sidewalk, you could have a legitimate sidewalk injury case.
Compensation Available In An Uneven Sidewalk Case
If you have been injured due to a defective sidewalk, you might be eligible for financial compensation for:
Your sidewalk injury has probably already caused to to rack up expensive medical bills. You might also be facing future medical expenses because you were hurt badly enough to require future treatment. Our law firm can help you recover compensation for past and future medical bills related to your sidewalk accident.
Your sidewalk accident could have caused you to miss time from work. Maybe your sidewalk accident hurt you too badly to work. Maybe your sidewalk accident caused you to need to miss time to get injuries treated. Our law firm can help you recover any lost wages connected with your sidewalk accident.
Loss Of Earning Potential
Sometimes those injured because of defective sidewalks are hurt so badly they can never work again. Other times those injured by defective sidewalks can still work afterward, but just not in the same field they used to. If your sidewalk accident caused you to suffer a loss or reduction of your earning potential, our law firm can help you recover compensation for this.
Pain And Suffering
The injuries suffered in a sidewalk accident can cause physical pain and mental suffering, and this pain and suffering is something our law firm can help you recover financial compensation for.
If you lost a loved one after a sidewalk accident, we are sorry for your loss. No amount of financial compensation can bring back your loved one. However, compensation can help ensure you’re not put into financial distress by the loss of your loved one. Our law firm can help you recover compensation for your loved one’s funeral bills, burial bills, pain, suffering and medical bills. Our law firm can also help you recover compensation for the loss of your loved one’s income, love, companionship and household services.
Can A Property Owner Be Held Liable For A Sidewalk Accident?
Yes. A property owner can be held liable for a sidewalk accident if you are able to prove the following:
- A dangerous sidewalk condition existed
- The property owner knew or should have known about the condition
- The property owner failed to fix the condition, warn about the condition or protect others from the condition
- You were injured because of the property owner’s failure to fix the condition, warn about the condition or protect others from the condition
In order to prove this, evidence will need to be collected and experts will need to be hired. We have been collecting evidence in cases like this for over three decades. We’ve built up a network of the best, most qualified experts in California over that time. Call us today for a free consultation so we can put our experience and expertise to work for you and prove that a property owner’s negligence was the cause of your injuries.
Is The City Or A Private Property Owner Responsible For Maintaining The Sidewalk?
Many people end up surprised when they learn that maintaining the sidewalk is typically the adjacent property owner’s responsibility, meaning the owner of the property that the sidewalk is along the side of or in front of. Even some California lawyers are surprised to learn this. A lot of city and municipal codes consider sidewalks as part of any property they border even though a lot of sidewalks are built by local governments like cities or municipalities. A lot of the time, a property owner has the legal responsibility to maintain sidewalks and keep them safe and non-hazardous. These owners can be found liable for injuries which occur when sidewalks are broken, defective or damaged. California attorneys who have experience with sidewalk injuries, attorneys like Nadrich & Cohen, can determine when property owners, government entities or both are liable for injuries.
As an example, a municipal code in Los Angeles states that property owners are responsible for maintaining adjacent sidewalks, aside from when trees owned by the city which grow between the curb and the sidewalk edge damage the sidewalk. There are similar laws in many other places in California. Attorneys need to know all of these laws, especially in the cities they practice in.
Sometimes, depending on the sidewalk’s location and the type of defect it has, public utilities, the city or other entities could be liable for any injury that results from an accident on the sidewalk. Experienced lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen will know in these cases what entities are probably responsible for the injuries.
What Should I Do After A Sidewalk Accident?
If you’ve been injured in a sidewalk accident, you should:
Seek medical attention immediately: You should immediately seek medical attention, even if you don’t think your injuries are severe. There’s two reasons for this. First is that adrenaline and endorphins can mask injuries after an accident. You might not realize you’re actually severely hurt. The second reason is that the longer you wait to seek medical treatment, the more likely a defendant will try to claim that your injuries weren’t actually caused by your sidewalk accident. It’s important to get your injuries documented by a medical professional immediately to prevent defendants from using this defense against you.
Take photographs of the defective sidewalk: It’s vital for you to photograph any cracked sidewalk or uneven sidewalk you tripped on. Take multiple pictures. Measure the height of any crack or uneven sidewalk. If trees are near the sidewalk or there are visible tree roots, take multiple photos of those as well. We can take pictures and measurements for you, too, if you retain us.
Call Nadrich & Cohen: Many sidewalk accident cases will involve a government agency, meaning you have only six months from your accident to file claim. It’s important you call us today to give us as much time as possible to build a convincing sidewalk accident claim on your behalf and make sure any paperwork is filed on time.
Common Sidewalk Accident Injuries
Sidewalk accidents commonly happen because of slips, falls or trips. Injuries which occur in these accidents include:
Broken bones are common in sidewalk accidents. It’s common for bones in arms, wrists and hands to be broken when people try to brace their fall in a sidewalk accident. When older people or people with health conditions fall, they often break their hip. Multiple fractures can complicate patients’ recoveries.
Strains And Sprains
Sidewalk accidents often lead to sprained knees or ankles. Soft tissue injuries can result when people attempt to catch themselves while falling. Strains and sprains can prevent accident victims from working. These injuries can also cause long-term issues which patients aren’t properly treated.
Sidewalk accident victims often don’t realize a sidewalk is broken until they’ve already tripped and fallen. If your hands are full, you might not be able to brace your fall. When your face collides with the ground, severe injuries to the face can be the result, like cuts, mouth injuries, broken bones and bruises.
When victims fall backward onto sidewalks, they can experience severe head trauma. Head injuries can lead to long-term, serious problems.
California Sidewalk Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in a sidewalk accident, call Nadrich & Cohen today for a free consultation. We can help you recover compensation for your injuries. We’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients and have been representing sidewalk accident victims for over 30 years. Call us now so we can get to work for you right away.