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Slip, trip, and falls are common accidents that occur on a daily basis throughout the United States. These types of accidents can happen almost anywhere, including apartment buildings, hospitals and doctor’s offices, shopping centers, and even grocery stores. However, another common place where a slip, trip, and fall is likely to occur is on sidewalks. There are many causes for a slip trip and fall on a sidewalk. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident or incident in a slip, trip, and fall on a sidewalk in the state of Illinois, you need an experienced attorney to assist you in filing a claim. To schedule a risk-free initial consultation, contact Newland & Newland, LLP today.
Causes of Sidewalk Accidents
Property owners are required to maintain sidewalks to ensure that pedestrians will be safe and free from injury while traveling on them. However, some common reasons for negligent maintenance cases include:
- Uneven pavement: Uneven pavement is a major cause of slip, trip, and fall incidents. Uneven pavement most often occurs overtime due to weather conditions. Another common cause of changes in pavement conditions is due to extreme wear and tear, which occurs after years of use and little to no maintenance.
- Cracks in pavement: Cracks in pavement also develop over a long period of time or those instances in which the pavement was not properly installed. Cracks in pavement are another major cause of trips and falls. They have proven to be especially dangerous for people in heeled shoes, causing serious injuries when part of a shoe gets caught in the cracks.
- Substances on pavement: Unfortunately, it is common for pedestrians to litter. Substances inadvertently spilled, purposefully dropped, or blown onto sidewalks also present hazards to pedestrians and cause sidewalk accidents. Property owners are responsible for clearing these hazards.
- Unnatural accumulation of ice on the pavement. The party responsible for the forming ice may be liable.
Negligent maintenance of sidewalks is all too common and often results in injuries that could have been avoided. When you have been injured in an accident or incident related to a sidewalk, you need an experienced attorney who will represent your interests and get you the compensation you deserve. It is important to understand that the victim of a sidewalk accident bears the burden of proving that another’s negligence caused his or her injuries. The attorneys at Newland & Newland, LLP can assist you in successfully proving your claim. Our attorneys have represented thousands of individuals who have suffered injuries as a result of another individual’s failure to maintain a required standard of care.
Contact Newland & Newland, LLP
If you or someone you know has been injured in an sidewalk accident in the state of Illinois, contact an attorney at Newland & Newland, LLP. We assist clients in Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Schaumburg, Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove, Streamwood, Hoffman Estates, and more. Our attorneys will meet with you to determine whether you have a cause of action against a property owner for negligent maintenance of a sidewalk. After an initial consultation, you will have the information you need and deserve to help you determine whether to file a personal injury claim.