Which Came First The Broken Sidewalk or the Broken Bone?

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Q: Can I sue if I trip and fall on a cracked sidewalk?

“Step on a crack, break your mamas back.” This twisted sidewalk game was once played by kids who joyfully leapt over cracks in the sidewalk in an effort not to curse their poor mothers with a broken back. Nowadays, those same youngsters are old enough to literally break their own backs on those same sidewalk cracks.

California slip and fall accidents are a big problem and a victim’s ability to recover damages for a fall often hinges on a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding the accident. Because these cases are complex, the sooner a skilled personal injury attorney is consulted, the better, particularly if the property in question is owned and/or maintained by a city or municipality. In such case, the time to file a notice of claim of your intention to commence legal action is very short. Another reason to act quickly is to preserve evidence that could be lost in the event of speedy post-accident sidewalk repairs.

In a premises liability claim, for a slip and fall injury, it’s necessary to prove the owner knew about the dangerous condition, failed to timely correct it, and that the condition caused the victim’s injuries. The investigation will also determine whether the victim was invited onto the property at the time of the accident occurred.

If liability is established, the victim may be able to recover compensatory damages including such things as medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering related to the accident.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip, trip or fall accident on the residential or commercial property of another person or entity, you may be entitled to compensatory damages. Experienced personal injury attorneys at J&Y Law Firm are available to help you 24/7. Call us at 888-806-6722 for a free consultation. With our headquarters in Los Angeles and 21 offices throughout the state, we represent clients throughout California and those injured while visiting California.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.