One moment, you’re walking down a stretch of sidewalk you’ve passed by what seems like a million times. The next, you trip over something and find yourself sprawled out on the ground, with throbbing pain in your knee. Who is responsible for your injuries? What are your options? How do you find out what steps you can take?

At Silva Injury Law, Inc., we represent clients who suffered serious injuries in a sidewalk accident. Our sidewalk accident injury lawyers have extensive experience pursuing legal claims against negligent property owners, often connecting our clients with meaningful compensation for what they’ve been through. We routinely secure compensation on behalf of our clients through favorable sidewalk accident settlements. 

Common Sidewalk Accident Injuries

Slip and falls are one of the most common causes of preventable injuries in California and across the United States. Not only are these accidents common, but they also frequently result in accident victims suffering serious injuries. Some of the most common sidewalk accident injuries include:

  • Broken bones and fractures,
  • Soft tissue damage,
  • Head and brain injuries,
  • Hip injuries,
  • Nerve damage,
  • Back and spine injuries,
  • Knee injuries, and
  • Disc injuries.

These injuries can have a major impact on how you live your life. They can keep you from working, limit the activities you can enjoy, and subject you to a lifetime of lingering pain. All of this goes into a potential damages award. 

Generally, the more serious your injuries, the greater your potential recovery amount. For example, emergency room treatment, multiple surgeries, and extensive courses of physical therapy resulting from a sidewalk accident not only yield astronomical medical bills, but they reflect the potential long-term impact your injuries will have on your ability to live your life the way you intended. At Silva Injury Law, Inc., we hold negligent property owners financially responsible for the harms they caused to victims of a preventable fall.

Causes of Sidewalk Accidents

In the vast majority of sidewalk accident cases, there is some hazard or defect that causes a pedestrian to fall. Some of the most common causes of sidewalk accidents include:

  • Uneven concrete slabs,
  • Cracked pavement,
  • Missing portions of sidewalk,
  • Unmarked hazards, and
  • Overgrown foliage that encroaches on the sidewalk.

How the hazard that caused the injury came to be plays a role in the settlement. For example, whether the hazard was known to the party responsible for the safe upkeep of the sidewalk is key to the determination of negligence. If the responsible party knew of the hazard and did not address it, then their liability—and motivation to reach a settlement—would be increased. On the other hand, if you trip over a hazard that someone besides the responsible party had just placed on the sidewalk (for example, a carelessly abandoned scooter), then it will be more difficult to reach a settlement because the responsible party will likely remain unknown.

At Silva Injury Law, Inc., we can help you understand who may be responsible for your injuries and effectively pursue a claim against them so that you can obtain the best settlement. 

Are You Interested in Learning More About California Sidewalk Accident Settlements?

If you were recently injured while walking on the sidewalk, reach out to Silva Injury Law, Inc. to discuss your case. At Silva Injury Law, Inc., we promote healing through compassionate advocacy.

Our attorneys have decades of combined experience helping our clients recover from their injuries through sidewalk accident settlements. We are also seasoned litigators who will not hesitate to take your case to trial in the event the property owner won’t offer a fair settlement. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation today, call us today. You can also reach us through our online contact form.