What to Know About Being Injured in a Sidewalk Accident in Pennsylvania

If you have been injured in a sidewalk accident due to the negligence of another party, you may be eligible to recover compensation. To learn more about the steps you should take following a sidewalk accident, continue reading and reach out to our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorney.

What are the most common causes of sidewalk accidents?

Sidewalk accidents occur due to a variety of different reasons and factors. The majority of sidewalk accidents are caused by negligence. Property owners are legally obligated to keep their sidewalks safe. When this is failed to be done, unsuspecting pedestrians can be injured. Some of the most common causes of sidewalk accidents include the following:

  • 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

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

If you have been injured in a sidewalk accident, it is important that you document the accident as best as you can. This should include calling the police and notifying the property owner of the incident. You should also take photos 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 deserve.

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

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Pennsylvania is generally two years. However, if you were injured on a sidewalk that is owned by the government or a municipality, you will have to file what is known 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 get started with this process as soon as possible, reach out to our dedicated personal injury attorney today. Give our firm a call to learn more about our services and how we can assist you with the claims filing process. Our legal team is prepared to fight for your right to compensation.


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