It might be funny to see someone stumbling and tripping in a movie, but if you have suffered an injury due to falling on a sidewalk, then most likely there was nothing about the situation that you found funny. In many cases, it might be hard to determine exactly who might be responsible, in order to receive compensation for your injuries. The following are some guidelines to help determine who is liable when you trip on a sidewalk. Contact qualified Corpus Christi Premises Liability Lawyers if you have any other questions.
Property Owner Negligence
To prove that somebody else is liable for your injuries, you must establish that the property owner was negligent. A fall caused by a sidewalk in poor repair or a damaged sidewalk might point to a property owner’s negligence. Slipper conditions such as ice on a sidewalk might also point towards negligence on the property owner’s part. To completely establish that your fall was caused by negligence, it has to be shown that the property owner either knew about the dangerous conditions, or should have known, and failed to warn those using the sidewalk of potential dangers and failed to repair the sidewalk. If you are interested in learning more about the Law Offices Of Jerry J. Trevino, click here.
Government Liability Is A Complicated Subject
Who was responsible for keeping the sidewalk maintained that caused your injuries. This is often hard to determine. Often local municipalities set responsibility for keeping sidewalks maintained. That means that the property owner or the government might be a liability for your accident, and that will depend on the specific locality where your accident took place. A local government official such as a city council member might be able to supply you with information on local laws related to sidewalk maintenance. When it is determined that the local government was responsible for maintaining the sidewalk, remember that usually the time period to file a claim are much stricter when filing a claim against a governmental municipality and that often the compensation you can collect is limited as well.
Who Owns The Property?
If the owner of the property is the one who is responsible for keeping the sidewalk maintained you still might have some work to do to figure out who the responsible party is. A home resident or business owner might be just leasing the property and might not be the property owner. They might be responsible for the sidewalk or the property owner might retain the responsibility, depending on what the lease says. A real estate agent might be able to help you determine who the property owner is on vacant properties. Your local assessor’s office can assist you with finding the information based on the property’s address. Usually, those offices are located near or inside the courthouse.
Get Assistance From A Premises Liability Attorney
If you are still having a hard time determining who is liable for your injuries, a personal injury lawyer can provide you with valuable assistance. An attorney, during your free consultation, will advise you on either on the weaknesses and strengths of your case. They will be knowledgeable about property laws in your local area. An attorney will also be able to provide you with invaluable assistance in determining who is liable for your accident, and who the property owner is. With the strict time limits in place for filing personal injury claims, particularly against municipalities, it is strongly advised that you seek counsel as soon as possible to get the claims process started.
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