How often does one walk on uneven and poorly maintained sidewalks and pathways in cities while thinking how dangerous it is? It often appears as if city councils and business owners in California do not realize their responsibility toward the general public. In fact, premises liability claims can be instituted against businesses, as well as city governments, in cases where someone suffered serious injuries after a trip\-and\-fall accident.
A city in a midwestern state is currently facing exactly such a lawsuit. In the claim filed against the city and a construction company, it is alleged that insufficient warning was given about possible danger. According to the plaintiff, she tripped on an uneven sidewalk in front of a building that is owned by the defendant construction company, and consequently fell. The plaintiff asserts that the sidewalk was maintained in an uneven condition, while no safer alternative route was provided.
According to the plaintiff, she hurt her lower back, spine and left knee in the fall. She has requested a jury trial. An award for damages for at least $25,000 dollars, costs and any other compensation the court considers fair has been requested.
While this lawsuit has been filed in another state, California residents also have the right to institute a premises liability claim after a trip-and-fall accident due to poorly maintained public walkways or other obstacles and hazards. Consulting a personal injury lawyer is typically the best first step to get an objective evaluation of an individual case. A successfully litigated lawsuit may result in an award for financial damages.
Source: stlrecord.com, "Woman sues City of St. Louis after she allegedly tripped and fell on sidewalk", Lhalie Castillo, Feb. 26, 2018