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Who is responsible for cracked or uneven sidewalks?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2024 | Premises Liability

Cracked or uneven sidewalks can cause serious injuries. Knowing who is responsible for maintaining safe sidewalks is crucial for injury victims. In New Jersey, property owners and municipalities have differing legal options regarding sidewalk maintenance.

Responsibilities of property owners

In New Jersey, homeowners are not responsible for sidewalk maintenance.  If someone trips and falls in front of their home, they’re not held legally responsible.

However, commercial property owners may have different responsibilities depending on local ordinances. They are generally required to repair cracks, remove ice and snow, and address other hazards. The specifics of premises liability can vary, so it’s important to understand the local laws that apply to your area.

Responsibilities of municipalities

Municipalities also have a role in maintaining safe sidewalks. In some cases, they may share responsibility with property owners. In many cases, they are responsible for large-scale repairs or maintenance of public sidewalks. If the city doesn’t address sidewalk issues, any resulting injuries could be their legal responsibility.

The process for addressing sidewalk issues varies by city. Some ask property owners to report defects, while others may have regular inspections.

Seeking compensation for sidewalk injuries

If you slip and fall on a cracked or uneven sidewalk you’ll want to seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other related costs. An important step in the process is identifying the party responsible for the sidewalk’s condition.

Report the injury to the relevant property owner or municipality to establish a record of the incident. Seek immediate medical attention and keep detailed records of your injuries and treatments. Understanding the legal responsibilities and following these steps can significantly aid in receiving fair compensation.

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