Uneven Sidewalks Can Cause Serious Slip and Fall Accidents

April 30, 2015 — by Joe Horrox
Tags: Slip And Fall Accidents Premises Liability

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A common issue that can lead to serious slip and fall injuries is uneven pavement. Let's take a moment to consider these matters in a bit more detail. If you or a loved one is harmed as a result of uneven pavement injuries, be sure to get in touch with our legal team as soon as possible.

Is an uneven sidewalk really that dangerous?

Yes.

You may be surprised, but broken pavement and uneven sidewalks can lead to serious injuries and accidents for pedestrians. The uneven surface of the sidewalk can cause a person to lose his or her footing, leading to a serious fall on the street. Minor injuries or severe injuries may occur.

Causes of Uneven and Broken Sidewalks

Some of the most common causes of broken/uneven sidewalks include:

  • Tree roots
  • Poor weather
  • Long-term wear to the pavement
  • Poor initial workmanship

Injuries That Might Be Caused by Slip and Falls on Uneven Pavement

Some common injuries that might occur following a serious slip and fall injury include:

  • Contusions
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Sprains
  • Pulled muscles
  • Dental injuries
  • Fractured bones

Serious Hazards to Children, the Elderly, and the Disabled

Injuries due to uneven pavement are especially bad for the elderly, the disabled, and young children.

For the elderly, their mobility and balance are often impaired, and uneven pavement can make sudden falls more likely. This is especially true if they are reliant on a cane or walker to help them walk.

For the disabled, particularly the wheelchair bound, uneven sidewalks can make serious falls more likely. Wheelchairs may be set off balance and tip over due to the uneven pavement, resulting in major harm to the disabled individual.

Children, especially toddlers, are often seriously injured if they take a spill on uneven pavement. This can be a major danger if the child is using a scooter or a bike as accidents on uneven pavement are common in those cases.

What Property Owners Should Consider Regarding Sidewalks and Pavement

Property owners should have uneven and broken pavement addressed whenever possible and as soon as possible in order to prevent serious injuries to people who regularly walk that part of the street.

When initially planting trees on or around a property, it's important that property owners select trees carefully, finding types of trees with root structures that are less likely to affect nearby pavement and lead to uneven sidewalks. The trees should also be planted deep enough into the ground and/or far enough from the sidewalk in order to ensure as few issues as possible with regard to the pavement.

Contact Law Joe Horrox About Your Slip and Fall Case

For more information about your legal options following a serious slip and fall accident, it's important that you contact our team of personal injury law firm today. Attorney Joe Horrox will work with you and your loved ones to hold negligent parties accountable.

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