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Injured by a damaged sidewalk? The city could be held responsible

Being injured as a pedestrian or bicyclist can cause major upheaval in your life. Sometimes a bicycle accident or simply tripping and falling can be caused by a damaged sidewalk. If this happens to you, be sure to call a San Diego personal injury lawyer at Acclaim Law Group to make sure you get the settlement you deserve, as the city could be held responsible for your injuries.

The city and local government is responsible for maintaining roads and sidewalks, or at the very least posting proper signage warning pedestrians and cyclists of the danger posed by improperly maintained sidewalks. A personal injury attorney in San Diego can help get you the money you are owed for medical expenses and other inconveniences. Simply set up a free consultation and your lawyer will gather all of the details about your accident to determine whether or not the city could be held accountable.

Cracks in sidewalks are commonly caused by tree roots which can create little ramps for bicycles and skateboards, leading to injury. Similarly, pedestrians are likely to trip and fall over such obstructions. If this happens to you or a loved one be sure to not only contact a San Diego personal injury lawyer, but also to take pictures of the damaged sidewalk as soon as possible. In some cases whether you were injured on public or private property, the owner will attempt to make repairs after learning of an injury in order to claim there was never any damage to the surface of the sidewalk.

Before talking to any insurance companies involved in your claim, or signing any documents they send you, contact an attorney to go over your options. In many cases insurance adjusters will seem like they are offering a good settlement but the money will only cover the most basic medical needs without taking into consideration missed time at work and other factors that could cost you severely.

Finally, it is important to note that in many cases, a city or state municipality plays by a different set of rules than a private landowner.  For example, if you are hurt on city property, you may have less time to make a claim than if you were hurt on private property.  It is important to speak with a San Diego personal injury lawyer right away to determine the amount of time that you have to file a claim.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, whether an individual or the city, you need a good personal injury or car accident lawyer in San Diego to fight on your side. Contact Brett Geruntino and his staff at Acclaim Law Group. They have the experience and knowledge to help get you the settlement that is coming your way. To set up a free consultation call (858)252-0781.

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