Many sidewalks in Los Angeles present safety hazards which cause people to trip and fall, but determining who is liable for your injuries is challenging. An experienced Los Angeles sidewalk injury lawyer can advise you on who may be held accountable.
Contact injury attorney Allen Vaysberg today with any questions you have about a sidewalk injury which occurred in Los Angeles County.
The City of Los Angeles – refusing to pay injury claims
The first thing anyone injured on a Los Angeles sidewalk should be aware of is that proving negligence may be difficult and Los Angeles has a long history of denying claims. The NBC Los Angeles I-Team conducted an investigation called “Falling Through the Cracks: LA Refuses to Pay Claims for Injuries Suffered on City’s Broken Sidewalks”. In fact, the I-Team says “often the only way a pedestrian injured on a dangerous sidewalk can get the city to take responsibility is to file a lawsuit against the city”.
Here are some other interesting takeaways:
- Los Angeles denied around 96% of people’s injury claims.
- The city refuses to pay claims even when legally responsible.
- The city usually doesn’t notify people that their claims have been denied and people sometimes miss the statute of limitations and run out of time to be compensated for their injury.
Who is liable for Trip and Fall Accidents on Los Angeles sidewalks?
According to California State Law, cities aware of cracked or buckled sidewalks who did not fix them may be able to be held accountable for injuries sustained from the dangerous condition.
However, in some cases, the homeowner who owns the land the sidewalk is on is responsible for the sidewalk.
Broken, buckled and uneven sidewalks are an ongoing problem in LA. One of the issues is tree roots. Many property owners don’t want to pay for sidewalk repairs because the City of Los Angeles planted trees near them and now the roots are breaking some sidewalks. In other cases the trees were in place before the sidewalk was put in place and the city won’t fix the sidewalk, claiming the property owner’s tree is cracking the roots
As experienced premises liability lawyers, we will examine you case and hold all negligent parties responsible accountable for your injuries to get you the compensation you deserve.
Proving a sidewalk trip and fall accident case
To prove a homeowner and/or the City of Los Angeles is liable for your sidewalk trip and fall injury, you or your lawyer must prove that the City and/or homeowner knew about or should have known about the dangerous condition and neglected to repair it. While many of these conditions are reported through Safe Sidewalks LA or MyLA311, chances are an experienced attorney can make the case that the City knew or should have known about the condition, especially with the number of people, city workers and USPS mail delivery workers walking these sidewalks each and every day.
Safe Sidewalks LA – making sidewalks safer
The City of Los Angeles has committed to spending $1.4 Billion over the next 30 years to improve sidewalk safety for all pedestrians through Safe Sidewalks LA, their sidewalk repair program. Priorities are likely sidewalks around parks, hospitals, businesses and sidewalks creating barriers for people with mobility disabilities.
As of August 2017, Safe Sidewalks LA repair program increased the amount residential and commercial property owners can receive through the City’s Rebate Program. That amount has been raised to $10,000. It was originally $2,000 for homeowners and $4,000 for commercial property owners.
What to do after a sidewalk trip and fall injury
Tip and fall injuries often result in a variety of injuries, from chipped teeth or broken noses to severe and traumatic injuries. After the accident:
- Take pictures. All iPhones and Android phones have decent cameras. Take several pictures or the cracked, uneven, buckled or otherwise dangerous sidewalk condition which caused you to trip and fall.
- Obtain witness contact information if possible.
- Seek medical attention and follow all of your doctor’s advice.
- Contact us. We will give you a free consultation. The call is free and there is no reason not to call. If our services are not needed you will still gain important information on how to proceed with your injury claim.
Sidewalk Trip and Fall lawsuits and settlements
Nobody wants to be injured but after an injury occurs people should be aware of how this injury has affected them and how it will affect them in the future. The losses the injured are seeking compensation for are called “damages”. In a trip and fall case, damages recoverable include but are not limited to: lost income, lost future income, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Contact a Los Angeles Sidewalk Injury Lawyer today
We’ve all seen tree roots and broken sidewalks but if you are caught off guard and fall on one of them you will unfortunately discover how dangerous they are. People who fall onto the cement often suffer from head injuries, bone fractures, kneecap injuries, spinal injuries and or damage to the hands or wrists. If you or a loved one has been injured by a damaged sidewalk, you’re highly unlikely to be compensated without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Contact us today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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