Generally, sidewalks are not regarded as particularly unsafe. However, sometimes, when property owners or municipalities fail to adequately upkeep and maintain their land, accidents can happen. If you are someone who has been injured in a sidewalk accident, you are most likely now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, and any other damages you may have incurred. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the most common causes of sidewalk accidents?
Sidewalk accidents can be caused by several different safety hazards, including potholes, loose debris, standing water, surface issues, and hazardous materials, to name a few. Rather obviously, when these hazardous conditions are left unaddressed, people can get seriously injured as a result.
Who is liable for a sidewalk accident?
Generally, in Florida, the property owner adjacent to the sidewalk is responsible for keeping the sidewalk clear of all potential safety hazards. However, there are times where municipalities are responsible. You must hire an experienced attorney who can determine who should be held accountable for the injuries you have sustained in a sidewalk accident.
How do I recover financial compensation after a sidewalk accident?
To recover financial compensation, your attorney will have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. To do so, your attorney will obtain security camera footage of the accident, pictures of the safety hazard that caused your injury, witness testimony verifying your claim, police reports of the incident, medical documents detailing the extent of the injuries you have sustained, and more.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida?
Every state has what is known as a statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is four years, which means you will have four years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against a negligent party. If you wait any longer than four years, you will most likely be denied the financial compensation you deserve. Fortunately, our firm is ready to help. The sooner you reach out, the better off you will be. Additionally, it is worth noting that if you are filing a lawsuit against a municipality, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within three years of the date of the injury.
Contact our experienced Florida firm
Cressman Law Firm, P.A. is committed to collecting compensation for personal injury victims in Winter Garden and the surrounding areas. If you have suffered an injury at the hands of a negligent party, we are here to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Please do not hesitate to contact our experienced firm today.