Can I seek legal action for a sidewalk accident in PA?

If you were injured on a sidewalk because of a negligent property owner, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today. Our skilled sidewalk injury attorneys are committed to ensuring you obtain the compensation you need to heal and move forward.

How do sidewalk accidents occur?

There are a number of reasons that sidewalk accidents can occur in Pennsylvania. Keep in mind that sidewalk accidents are a result of negligence. In the state of Pennsylvania, property owners are held responsible for maintaining their sidewalks and keeping them safe for passersby. In the event that this duty is not fulfilled, unsuspecting pedestrians can be injured. Some of the most common causes of sidewalk accidents include:

  • Debris on the sidewalk that is left uncleared
  • Weather-related hazards such as snow and ice left unattended past the legal window of time
  • Uneven pavement
  • Standing water
  • Potholes

If you were injured on a sidewalk as a result of another’s negligence, it is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today. We are on your side.

What should I do if I am hurt in a sidewalk accident?

If you were hurt in a sidewalk accident and would like to obtain financial compensation for your burdens, it is essential that you document the accident as best as you can. You can best accomplish this by the police and notifying the property owner of the incident. You should also take pictures and videos of the unsafe sidewalk conditions that led to your accident. Seek immediate medical treatment, even if you do not feel immediate injuries. Some injuries may take a few days to set in. Finally, retain the services of an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who will fight for the compensation you need to heal.

How long will I have to seek compensation after being hurt in a sidewalk accident in Pennsylvania?

Recognize that the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is typically two years. However, if you were hurt on a sidewalk that is owned by the government or a municipality, you will have to file what is referred to as a Notice of Claim. You will have a far shorter window of time to do so. It is best that you file your Notice of Claim within six months of the date of your accident. Failure to do so may result in you being permanently barred from taking legal action. To begin this process right away, give our committed personal injury attorney a call today. Give our firm a call to learn more about our services and how we can help you with the claims filing process. Our legal team is ready to fight for your right to settlement.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. Contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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