What happens if you slip and fall on a public sidewalk? Who is liable?
In order for the property owner to be liable, two things must be true:
Depending on what state you live in, different individuals are responsible for the upkeep of public sidewalks. Some states even consider it the homeowner’s obligation. If a municipality is liable, there are a few rules you should be aware of.
As in all slip and fall cases, it is very important to take pictures and document what happened when you fell. If you fell because the sidewalk was icy and the ice is melted and cleared the next day, it may be hard to prove that the municipality or property owner was negligent. Also, take note of issues that have been around for an extended period of time. For example, if there have been multiple potholes in the sidewalk for months and the city has not fixed them, you will have a stronger case against the city and a better chance of recovering damages. Call us now.