Parking lots and sidewalks that are not properly maintained and repaired when necessary can become trip, slip and fall hazards for unsuspecting guests. Such falls can cause serious injuries such as leg, ankle, hip and arm fractures; back, shoulder, and spine injuries; and traumatic brain injuries.
Property owners and businesses have a duty to keep their properties reasonably safe and to warn guests of any dangers. This duty extends to their sidewalks and parking lots. Fulfilling this duty requires performing regular inspections to identify dangerous conditions, cleaning and removing hazards, conducting maintenance and making repairs when necessary. A slip and fall in a parking lot or on a sidewalk may be caused by ice/snow/water accumulations; spills of various liquids; cracks and defects in the pavement; potholes; loose gravel; poor lighting; trash and debris; and wheel stops or stop bars in a parking lot.
If you were injured in a fall in a parking lot or on a sidewalk, you may be able to hold the business or property owner responsible for compensating you for your injuries. These cases can be difficult and insurance companies for property owners often try to minimize the settlement by placing fault on the injured person. The lawyers at Burnside Law Firm have years of experience handling these cases and can determine who is responsible for your fall and help you seek compensation for your injuries.