Are your sidewalks or driveway an injury waiting to happen?
Personal Injury Attorney Craig Swapp says homeowners and business owners need to be careful and pay attention to their sidewalks and driveways.
When any cement or asphalt walkway is poured, the surface is usually safe with little or no variations. However, over time, the surface can deteriorate due to things like setting of the dirt under the cement or asphalt, water retention, or even growing tree roots.
Swapp says when it comes to the sidewalks, it depends on the ordinances of the local city or county on whether it's your fault or theirs. In some municipalities the local government is responsible, while in other areas the responsibly could be shared between the property owner and the government.
Swapp has advice for property owners including to periodically inspect sidewalks, driveways and walkways for any dangerous hazards. Reasonable efforts then should be made to warn pedestrians and eventually remove the hazard.
If a property owner recognizes a hazard, as a first step, bright spray paint can be used to bring attention to the hazard.
Once the problem has been identified and a warning indicated, the property owner should look to fix the problem.
If someone is injured by an unsafe sidewalk, walkway or driveway, Swapp says you should take pictures or video of the accident scene, your clothes, and any bruises/cuts that you might have received, as soon as you are able to do so.
Documenting the scene quickly is crucial. It cannot be emphasized enough that a picture is worth a thousand words in a sidewalk case.
If you are injured, you'll need to see a medical professional to document and treat the injuries. Medical records are important evidence for your case.
If you have questions call Craig Swapp & Associates at 1-800-404-9000. It costs you nothing for a legal consultation.
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