An individual should always be cautious and aware of their surroundings while they are out walking. Even with this in mind, it is still possible for a walk to result in an accident and injury. Accidents can happen when property conditions are not well maintained by those who are obligated to look after them. This can sometimes cause injuries like concussions, broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and more. While it is important you seek medical attention immediately after being injured, one might want to seek legal action at a later date.
Examples of Accidents
There are several ways a pedestrian could be injured on public or private property. Possible factors can include:
- Poor weather conditions
- Slippery floors
- Loose debris on the floor
- Hazardous materials
- Broken escalators or elevators
- Unexpected changes in flooring
- Poor lighting
If an injury occurs as a result of one of these factors, the injured may have a legal case against the property owner. It is important to file a claim for your accident within a reasonable time. While in some cases it might be challenging to prove dangerous conditions were present, an experienced attorney can help.
While uncovering who is responsible for a slip and fall injury, it is important to know who is liable for the property on which you fell. To hold them responsible, the injured must provide what is called the “burden of proof.” This requires the injured party to collect evidence of negligence. Negligence shows that the property owner is responsible for your injury. This can be done by proving the owner of that property knew about the poor conditions and did nothing to fix it. Medical documentation, pictures and possible witnesses to the incident can be used to help your case.
Compensation for Injuries
If your case is proved to be successful, you may be able to receive monetary compensation due to your injury. This may include:
- Wages lost
- Loss of future wages
- Medical bills as a result of the injury
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
If you have been injured in a sidewalk accident and wish to speak with an attorney about the best course of action for your incident, contact the Law Office of Mark L. Bodner, P.C. today.
At Mark L. Bodner, P.C., we are committed to guiding clients through each step of the medical malpractice claims process. Our firm understands how traumatic it can be when you become a victim of medical malpractice. We are prepared to fight on your behalf to help you recover a maximum compensation award. Contact our firm today.