In California, the responsibility for maintaining sidewalks and addressing defects can vary depending on local ordinances and regulations. Generally, municipalities or local government entities are responsible for maintaining public sidewalks. However, liability for sidewalk injuries caused by defects such as cracks, uneven surfaces, or other hazards can be complex and may involve various factors. In some cases, the adjacent landowner may be responsible or partially responsible.
If a municipality is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk where an injury occurs, bringing a claim against the municipality typically involves the following steps:
Regarding damages that someone may be entitled to in a sidewalk injury claim against a municipality in California, potential damages may include:
It's important to note that each case is unique, and the specific damages recoverable in a sidewalk injury claim against a municipality in California may vary based on the circumstances of the accident and the nature of the injuries. Consulting with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help individuals understand their rights, navigate the claims process, and pursue fair compensation for their damages.