Sidewalk Accidents in Pennsylvania | What to Know

Sidewalk accidents can be serious. If you were hurt in one, you may want to consider your legal options. Reach out to our firm today to discuss the details of your case with our Montgomery County, PA wills, trusts & estates attorneys. Our legal team is dedicated to ensuring you receive the compensation you need to heal.

How do sidewalk accidents occur?

There are a number of different ways sidewalk accidents can occur in Pennsylvania. However, in most cases, they are the direct result of property owner negligence. Property owners are held liable for properly maintaining their sidewalks and keeping them safe for all passersby. In the event that a property owner fails to do this, unsuspecting pedestrians can be hurt. Some of the most common causes of sidewalk accidents include the following:

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

What steps should I take after my sidewalk accident?

If you would like to pursue legal action after a sidewalk injury, it is critical to understand that it will be your responsibility to fulfill the burden of proof. This means that you should collect as much evidence from your accident as possible that points to a negligent property owner. You can accomplish this by calling the police and informing the property owner of the incident. You should also take pictures of the unsafe sidewalk conditions that caused your accident. You should seek prompt medical treatment, even if you do not feel immediate injuries. In some cases, injuries may take a few days to set in. Lastly, you will want to retain the services of an experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney who can help you craft your case and fight for the compensation you need to heal.

What is the statute of limitations for a sidewalk accident claim in Pennsylvania?

It is important to recognize that the state of Pennsylvania has a deadline imposed for personal injury claims. The statute of limitations is generally two years. But, keep in mind that if you were hurt on a sidewalk that is owned by the government or a municipality, you will be required to file a Notice of Claim, which has a much smaller window of time. It is recommended that you file your Notice of Claim within six months of the date of your accident. Those who are not able to do so may lose their opportunity entirely to pursue legal action.

It is critical that you get started on this process as soon as possible. Our legal team is dedicated to ensuring that you meet all of your claim’s deadlines. Contact us today to discuss the details of your case and your legal options. Our Montgomery County, PA slip and fall attorneys are here to help.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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