Omaha Sidewalk Injury Lawyer
You’re walking down a sidewalk when you trip, fall, and sustain serious injuries. You notice that the sidewalk had a raised section, which caused you to stumble. Who’s liable for your medical bills? It depends on whether whoever is in charge of the sidewalk was negligent. Many people stumble on sidewalks, but some sidewalks are inherently dangerous. In these cases, it’s important to hold the appropriate people accountable, so you can receive financial compensation for your suffering, and make sure the sidewalk is fixed and no longer a hazard for anyone else.
Premises Liability Services
If you’ve been injured by a faulty sidewalk in Omaha, give our office a call to see if you have a case. Call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 807-0190 for a FREE consultation.
When you’re walking along the sidewalk, you won’t always notice every dip or crevice, but it only takes one obstruction to cause a dangerous fall. Harsh Nebraska winters allow water to seep into cracks and then expand when it freezes. This can create cracked pavement that seriously damages the sidewalk over time. Whoever is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk is reasonably expected to notice these conditions and take action to keep the sidewalk safe. Unsafe and hazardous sidewalk conditions include:
- Raised sidewalk caused by tree roots
- Cracks due to weathering
- Dips, crevices, and uneven pavement
- Sinking pavement from changing soil
- Unmarked construction hazards
- Unremoved snow or ice
A broken sidewalk can cause people serious injuries, such as strains, broken bones, hip fractures, and even traumatic brain injuries. Most unsafe sidewalks are caused by cracks, missing sections, unmarked curbs, or tree roots pushing up the sidewalk.
In most cases, it is the responsibility of the city to maintain public sidewalks. When the sidewalk is on private property, or fronting a store, then another property owner may be responsible for its upkeep.
How do you figure out who is responsible for a damaged sidewalk? It can be tricky to do on your own. Additionally, the sidewalk must be “unreasonably” unsafe for you to have a valid claim. And even then, it’s difficult to determine who’s responsible - the city, the property owner, or both?
Everybody falls down at some point or another. But slipping and falling on a hard sidewalk can be very dangerous, especially for older citizens. Even when you are being careful, a poorly maintained sidewalk can make falling almost unavoidable. No one should have to suffer serious injury due to another person’s negligence. Common injuries from sidewalk slip and falls include:
- Severe sprains
- Neck, shoulder, and back injuries
- Concussions and brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Wrongful death
Slip and fall accidents may cause injuries that entail expensive medical treatments and long periods of recovery. Chronic pain and immobilization resulting from a sidewalk fall could even hinder your ability to earn a living. That’s why Nebraska law lets you seek fair compensation to cover your medical costs and other expenses, allowing you to get your life back to where it was before the accident.
It will be very helpful for your personal injury attorney if you keep records of all your medical expenses. We will collect this information and conduct a complete investigation of your accident so we can present the insurance company with a full accounting of the costs related to your fall. This may include:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Surgical costs
- Ambulance bills
- Incidental expenses
- Rehabilitative care
- Loss of earning capacity
- Home alterations required due to injury
If you trip and fall on a sidewalk, try to take pictures and document everything. Photograph your injury, where it took place, your clothes, the scene, and anything that contributed to the accident, like snow or ice. It’s vital to get this evidence as soon as possible because the city or property owner may choose to fix the sidewalk after the fact.
A trip-and-fall on a sidewalk can leave you not only with major injuries but with huge medical bills and a long recovery away from work. That can be a financial strain on anyone; and if the accident was caused by a sidewalk that was unreasonably dangerous, someone should be held accountable and you should be properly compensated.
It’s crucial to hire a skilled Omaha premises liability attorney after sustaining an injury on a public sidewalk. You need someone on your side who knows what they are doing. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., we will investigate the accident to find out who is liable. We can walk you through this process and explain all your legal options, so you feel confident about taking your next step.
Our team helps clients get the compensation they deserve by holding people accountable for their actions. Call today to discuss your options in a FREE consultation at (402) 807-0190.
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