Can I seek compensation from the city for my medical bills?
I fell on an Orange County sidewalk and sustained a knee injury that required surgery. Can I seek compensation from the city for my medical bills?
We’re sorry to hear about the knee injuries you sustained in your fall. If the sidewalk caused your fall due to poor repair, cracked or uneven surfaces, or a rise in the pavement, then you may be able to seek compensation for your medical bills, time away from work, pain and suffering, and more. However, the city you live in, the circumstances of the fall, and other factors will determine what your next steps are and the success of your claim. It is best to consult with our Orange County personal injury attorneys about your specific situation.
If you were injured in an Orange County sidewalk fall, here are a few things you should know:
It may be unclear who can be held responsible for the defect in the sidewalk. Depending on where it happened, the city, the state, or a personal or commercial property owner may be liable.
There are time limits for filing a claim. There is a six-month time limit to file a claim against a city entity, and there is a two-year time limit to file a claim against a personal or commercial property owner.
Subsequent repair of the safety issue can’t be used as evidence. Even if the person responsible for care of the sidewalk repairs the defect later on, California does not allow the repair to be used as evidence that there was a real danger in the first place.
Contact our Orange County personal injury attorneys
If you have been injured after falling on a sidewalk in Orange County, our Orange County personal injury attorneys would be happy to explain more and answer your questions in a one-on-one initial consultation. Please give us a call today at (800) 268-9228 to schedule your free consultation at Russell & Lazarus.