“I’ve fallen and I want to sue”
Question: “Joe, I recently injured my wrist and knee after tripping on a hazardous walkway in front of a local hospital. How should I proceed?”
Answer: Trip and falls on sidewalks are a common thing in the business I’m involved in. It’s very important to know who owns the sidewalk where you fell. Because if it’s a commercial sidewalk the business owns, the rules of law are a lot different than if the sidewalk’s owned by a municipality. If it’s a municiple sidewalk it’s almost impossible to make a claim because there has to be a prior written notice of a defect of the condition of the sidewalk. That almost never exists. If it’s a private or commercially owned sidewalk, that’s a different set of circumstances and it’s usually much easier to make a claim.