Generally, sidewalks are not thought of as unsafe. However, when property owners are negligent, there is a very good chance that an accident can occur. If you have been involved in a sidewalk accident, there is a very good chance you are now severely injured and are seeking financial compensation. Please read on and reach out to our experienced firm to learn more about what we can do for you:
What can cause a sidewalk accident?
Sidewalk accidents can be caused by any number of factors, including poor weather conditions, loose debris, inadequate lighting, standing water, surface problems, or any other dangerous unattended substances or debris. Property owners are responsible for ensuring their sidewalks are sufficiently managed and maintained so they are safe for passersby at all times.
How do I recover financial compensation after a sidewalk accident?
To win a personal injury claim, you will have to prove that you were injured as a direct result of another party’s negligence. However, this is not always easy, as, in Alabama, your attorney will have to first determine whether you were injured on private or public property. If you were injured on public property, you will sue a municipality, though if you were injured on a privately-owned sidewalk, you will generally sue the building owner adjacent to the sidewalk.
To prove your claim, an attorney will use surveillance footage of the accident, witness statements, police reports of the incident, pictures of the unsafe sidewalk conditions, and more. Additionally, it is always a good idea to seek medical attention immediately after your accident, as a medical professional will treat your injuries accordingly and provide you with documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, of which you may also use to bolster your personal injury claim.
What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Alabama?
Every state has a statute of limitations for personal injury claims. In Alabama, the statute of limitations is two years. Simply put, this means that you have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action against a negligent party. The sooner you file your personal injury claim, the better. If you wait too long, you will be denied your right to sue. Our firm is ready to get the claims process started–all you have to do is ask.
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