Question:  “Joe, I recently injured my wrist and knee after tripping on a hazardous walkway in front of a local hospital.  How should I proceed?” Answer: Trip and falls on sidewalks are a common thing in the business I’m involved in.  It’s very important to know who…

Question:  “Joe, I recently injured my wrist and knee after tripping on a hazardous walkway in front of a local hospital.  How should I proceed?”

Answer: Trip and falls on sidewalks are a common thing in the business I’m involved in.  It’s very important to know who owns the sidewalk where you fell.  Because if it’s a commercial sidewalk the business owns, the rules of law are a lot different than if the sidewalk’s owned by a municipality.  If it’s a municiple sidewalk it’s almost impossible to make a claim because there has to be a prior written notice of a defect of the condition of the sidewalk.  That almost never exists. If it’s a private or commercially owned sidewalk, that’s a different set of circumstances and it’s usually much easier to make a claim.