Dothan Broken Sidewalk Injury Attorney Seeks Compensation for Clients

Alabama law firm achieves positive outcomes for those hurt after a fall

Accidents caused by broken sidewalks can happen in the blink of an eye. If you have experienced such an accident and were seriously injured, a broken sidewalk injury attorney from our Dothan firm, Carey & Hamner, P.C., can counsel you about filing a claim to get payment for your damages. We have a long history of obtaining compensation for people injured due to the negligence of other parties. 

Common causes of broken sidewalk injuries

Bad weather, expanding tree roots and poor maintenance to sidewalks can cause cracks, holes, overgrown vegetation, uneven or raised surfaces and other dangerous conditions that result in tripping accidents and injuries. If you fell because a sidewalk was broken or otherwise poorly maintained, you have the right to file a claim for compensation.

Types of injuries caused by broken sidewalks

Slips and trips that lead to falls on hard concrete sidewalks can cause serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment. Types of injuries commonly sustained in these types of accidents include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Concussions
  • Broken bones
  • Knee cap dislocations and fractures
  • Damage to ligaments, tendons and muscles
  • Sprains
  • Bruising and swelling

A serious injury can have debilitating long-term effects that may render you unable to work. We will investigate the circumstances that led to your fall to find out what municipal agency or individual property owner is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk and then hold them accountable for your slip and fall injury.

How a Dothan personal injury attorney establishes negligence

There are four factors we will seek to prove in order to establish negligence:

  1. The party responsible for maintaining the sidewalk owed you a duty of care
  2. The party breached their duty of care
  3. Their breach caused your accident and injuries
  4. Your injuries resulted in medical expenses and other damages

A Dothan personal injury attorney from our law firm will investigate and gather the evidence needed to establish negligence. Types of evidence collected may include eyewitness statements, sidewalk maintenance records, photographs of the sidewalk where the accident happened and your medical records to prove the seriousness of your injuries.

Compensation for sidewalk injury

Compensation in sidewalk injury cases is based on the damages suffered. Damages in injury claims may include payment for things such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation and therapy
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Permanent disability
  • Assistance with daily tasks

When we handle your case, we will thoroughly evaluate the totality of your damages to arrive at a maximum value for your claim. We will work to negotiate a fair settlement from the at-fault party’s insurance company. If a fair offer is not forthcoming, we will counsel you about taking your case to court if that makes sense for your goals and situation.  

Statute of limitations and filing deadlines for broken sidewalk injury suits

Alabama has a two-year statute of limitations for filing personal injury lawsuits. The clock begins running on the accident date or on the date you discovered your injuries. There are some exceptions to this deadline, but we advise seeking legal assistance as soon as possible so that key evidence and witness statements can be preserved. We can advise you about specific filing deadlines for your case to ensure that you do not lose the right to sue.   

Contact an experienced Dothan attorney for a free consultation

At Carey & Hamner, P.C. in Dothan, we help people who are injured in Alabama because of broken and poorly maintained sidewalks file insurance and legal claims for payment. Call 855-435-4797 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.