Uneven pavement can be a hazard that can cause someone to fall and sustain serious injuries. If you or someone close to you was hurt due to an improperly maintained street or sidewalk, you may be able to take legal action against the property owner or another responsible party. At Miller Legal Services, Marietta premises liability lawyer Norman Miller can carefully explore the details of your situation and provide you with a realistic assessment of your options. He is experienced in asserting the rights of accident victims to compensation for the injuries that they have suffered.Pursuing Compensation for an Uneven Pavement Accident
Uneven pavement poses a risk to pedestrians on public and private property. Gaps, cracks, and uneven surfaces can induce a person to trip and fall. In some cases, the injuries that result may be minor, but in other cases, they may be serious and even fatal. Uneven pavement accidents may result from some of the following situations:
- Inadequate maintenance;
- Soil and weather erosion;
- An improperly laid foundation for the pavement;
- Wear from vehicles, pedestrians, or trees; or
- A lack of warnings (especially in construction zones).
Premises liability law allows a victim to hold a property owner accountable for harm caused by defects or dangerous conditions on the owner’s premises. Thus, if you hurt yourself due to a fall caused by uneven pavement, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the owner. A property owner is typically liable if it knew or reasonably should have known of a potentially hazardous condition on its premises but failed to fix the hazard or warn visitors of its existence.
Broadly speaking, premises liability claims are based on the theory of negligence, which is a failure to exercise reasonable care that causes harm to someone else. To prevail in such a claim, the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed him or her a duty of care, the defendant breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff, the plaintiff’s injuries were a direct result of the defendant’s breach, and the plaintiff incurred actual damages. In the context of premises liability cases, the defendant typically must have given the plaintiff implicit or explicit permission to be on the land, perhaps as a social guest or a customer. However, there are some exceptions when children trespass onto property.
A slip and fall accident victim may be entitled to a wide range of damages, such as medical expenses, future medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. We work closely with medical professionals to get an accurate determination of the full extent of a victim’s damages.Discuss Your Premises Liability Case with a Marietta Lawyer
At Miller Legal Services, Marietta premises liability attorney Norman Miller has helped many injured people recover the compensation that they deserve after an accident. You can trust that we will help you navigate the legal journey with diligence and compassion. Having a qualified and experienced slip and fall attorney on your side may be critical in your case. We proudly represent victims and their families in Roswell, Smyrna, and other Georgia cities. Call us at 770-284-3727 or contact us online for a free consultation.