Phoenix residents expect the city to be well-maintained so that you don’t face any harm when you go about your daily business. Unfortunately, Jones Raczkowski will discuss one of the dangers you may face every day without realizing it: uneven sidewalks.
Uneven sidewalks can occur for many reasons. Most often, it is because of wear and tear or the growth of trees that have been planted along the sidewalk for aesthetic reasons. As the roots grow, the ground can buckle and become uneven. Likewise, if the foundation under the sidewalk is not sturdy, a portion of it can sink in.
So how do these uneven points on the ground impact you, exactly? Long story short, it’s all too easy to not notice that the ground is uneven. This can lead to you tripping and falling on the hard cement, which can cause multiple injuries such as broken bones, concussions, broken noses and more.
In many cases, if the sidewalk is in front of a building, it is the duty of the building’s owner to keep up with its maintenance by contacting the city for repairs. If neither the business owner or city have made efforts to correct this error despite being aware of the danger it presents, this may be considered negligence on their part.
Have you been injured due to tripping on uneven sidewalk? If so, you can take a look at our web page on premise liability incidents to learn more about the compensation options available to you and how you can financially support yourself in the aftermath.