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You Tripped on the Sidewalk: What to Do Next

An uneven sidewalk injury can cause trauma and anxiety on top of physical pain. You probably have questions about what happens after being injured outside of your home or workplace. You may even wonder how you tripped and fell in the first place–especially if you were taking extra precautions. The team at Stephens & Holman is ready to help you figure out the missing pieces of your slip and fall injury and determine your next steps.

Slip and Fall Injuries Happen

It may be obvious why you experienced an uneven sidewalk injury. Whether the conditions were icy or the concrete slabs were uneven, you want a lawyer who is equipped to take on your case.

Snow and Ice

Even though British Columbia is relatively temperate, snowy weather does occur. If a sidewalk or parking lot is wet when it begins to snow, that water will begin to freeze. If temperatures drop unexpectedly, mixed precipitation can quickly become hazardous on any surface.

Uneven Pavement

You’re not always safe from injury when sidewalks are clear of precipitation and debris. Slabs of concrete shift over time due to temperature, weather, and soil compression. If sidewalks aren’t maintained, they can become extremely dangerous. Even the most aware people can trip on an uneven sidewalk.

Can You Sue the City for Falling on the Sidewalk?

If you tripped on a sidewalk in a public space, you are likely not at fault. This is why contacting one of our slip and fall lawyers should be a priority. We understand these scenarios and can help you navigate yours.

The most critical element of a slip and fall case is identifying negligence. Was there snow or ice covering the sidewalk? Was the pavement uneven? Was there excess debris on the ground? If so, you are not responsible for the accident and the Stephens & Holman team can help. Shoveling, laying down salt, and clearing sidewalks are a business’s or homeowner’s responsibility. In some cases, the city is at fault for the accident as well; these details can be clarified as you talk with your lawyer.