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Sidewalk Accident Attorneys

Making Sense of a Sidewalk Accident in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Sidewalk accidents are among the most common types of slip and fall accidents because a sidewalk can be hazardous or dangerous when left unattended. Falling on concrete can cause serious injuries such as concussions, broken bones, brain damage, and more. There are many causes of sidewalk injuries, some are listed below.

  • Sidewalk damage (cracks or uneven pavement)
  • Poor weather conditions (snow, ice, and water)
  • Loose debris
  • Hazardous materials

When sidewalk accidents occur due to the negligence of a separate party, it is prudent to discuss your incident with a sidewalk accident attorney. At Spear Greenfield, we provide a free consultation to learn more regarding your case and to provide you with legal guidance. The appointment carries no obligations or pressure, just information. Schedule a free consultation either by phone or online form fill by clicking below.

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Considering the Legal Options Following a Sidewalk Accident

Depending on where you fell, you may either sue a private property owner or a municipality. When pursuing a personal injury case, the injured party must prove negligence to be successful. The discussion of liability requires the injured party to satisfy the burden of proof. In doing so, the individual must prove the property owner knew, or should have known about the sidewalk conditions and did not fix it. Fulfilling the burden of proof is best accomplished using evidence.

Fulfilling the burden of proof can be challenging and meticulous, which an experienced attorney can navigate. Spear Greenfield attorneys have a combined 100 years of experience in handling comparable personal injury claims. Our law firm has guided clients through the legal process to receive their entitled sidewalk accident compensation.

Determining Liability and Evidence Collection Following a Sidewalk Accident

As mentioned above, liability is determined by whether the property of your sidewalk accident was public or private. Generally, if another’s negligence caused you to fall on a sidewalk adjacent from a private property owner’s property, that owner is responsible. If another’s negligence caused you to fall on a municipality-owned property, the responsibility is on the municipality. 

In terms of general legal evaluation, municipalities or property owners are provided a window of time for cleaning their property after inclement weather conditions in most states. If an individual was walking and becomes injured during this allocated time window, the injured party may not have a case because it was a risk to walk. If an injury occurs after the municipality’s time window expires, the party responsible for caring for the sidewalk could be held liable.

No matter the negligent party, accountability is determined by the following factors. You must prove that the property owner knew or should have reasonably known about the unsafe sidewalk conditions, the owner failed to take action to fix the hazard, and you sustained damages as a result of the negligence. Evidence is the most effective way to prove the above factors. Some examples of evidence of your sidewalk accident are listed below.

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Pictures or videos taken at the scene

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Police report

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Surveillance footage

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Witnesses that saw the accident

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Pictures of the conditions that caused the accident

Since evidence is critical, there are some essential steps to complete following a slip and fall accident. By completing this checklist following your accident, you maximize the chances of winning your claim. They are as follows:

  • Call the police and emergency services following your accident, so immediate medical attention is available and documentation of the incident is complete.
  • Collect the contact information of any witnesses to your accident.
  • Take pictures of the safety hazard that caused your accident before the negligent property owner has a chance to discard evidence.
  • Seek medical treatment for injuries and ask your doctor for medical documents pertaining to the origin and extent of your injuries.
  • Consult with a sidewalk accident lawyer to determine the validity of your case.
  • After filing your lawsuit, avoid social media to ensure your claim is preserved.

Considering a sidewalk accident attorney for your case is important because a lawyer can efficiently gather and present all additional evidence needed to satisfy the burden of proof. In some cases, evidence may be difficult for you to collect, such as security camera video or expert witnesses, which a sidewalk accident lawyer can facilitate. To learn more about the considerations for involving a lawyer in your sidewalk accident claim, click on the link below.

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Spear Greenfield has helped clients with comparable accidents for over 30 years, so our attorneys can effectively and accurately assess your sidewalk accident. To receive a free consultation, please complete the form below, and one of our team members will help you determine your legal options. This appointment carries no obligations or pressure, just information.

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    Why Choose Spear Greenfield As Your Sidewalk Accident Lawyers?

    Whether a private property owner or a municipality is negligent and causes your sidewalk accident, you will need to obtain various evidence types to satisfy the burden of proof. Our experienced Spear Greenfield sidewalk accident attorneys are efficient in collecting evidence on your behalf. For example, our firm will seek out security camera footage of your accident, witness statements, medical records, police reports of the incident, and more to prove your personal injury claim.

    With a combined 200 years of experience, our attorneys have a proven track record of success. View our settlement and verdict list below for evidence of our settlements. Spear Greenfield has represented countless Philadelphia and New Jersey clients after they have been injured by the negligence of others. Some additional reasons are listed below as to why Spear Greenfield is the best choice for your legal representation.

    • Spear Greenfield will go the distance to earn you maximum compensation. Our attorneys are not hesitant to take cases to court, because of their trial experience. Spear Greenfield will not sell you short, and our law firm will dedicate the maximum amount of time and resources in order to obtain the highest possible award for our clients.
    • No matter injury severity, Spear Greenfield has a robust portfolio of quality medical professionals that can provide you both treatment and documentation. Due to our reputation in the community, our law firm will connect you with the necessary doctor, treatment, or medical professional, even if you do not have insurance!
    • Due to our commitment to our surrounding community, Spear Greenfield refuses to turn away any case without consideration. No matter how big or small, we take cases that other lawyers in Philadelphia and New Jersey won’t touch, because we believe in justice for our clients!

    Please click below to learn more about Spear Greenfield and the aspects that separate us from other Philadelphia law firms.

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    Personal Injury Verdicts

    The following summary of recent slip and fall accident verdicts and settlements demonstrates our proven track record.

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    $6,600,000
    Fire caused by faulty wiring
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    $175,000
    Stairwell fall from defective handrail
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    $115,000
    Fall due to malfunctioning automatic doors
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    $105,000
    Slipped on a wet floor
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    $80,500
    Slipped and fell from icy steps
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    $75,000
    Slipped and fell from snow and ice

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    As mentioned above, sidewalk accidents are complex from the start, because the party responsible for the sidewalk hazard must be identified. Sidewalk accident injury attorneys carry a knowledge base and experience for handling these cases. By partnering with Spear Greenfield, one of the top personal injury firms in Philadelphia and New Jersey, you increase the chances of you receiving compensation and ensure your best interests are protected. With our customer dedication and proven track record, our Spear Greenfield team is confident in our ability to earn you justice and your rightful compensation!

    If you or a loved one has been in a sidewalk accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, contact us today for a free consultation. This appointment will allow us to learn more about your specific case and educate you on your legal options. There is no obligation or pressure with this consultation, so you have nothing to lose. Get the right sidewalk accident lawyer, the right advice, right now!