A major cause of serious Michigan trip and fall injuries are broken sidewalks. These sidewalks often have significant cracks, holes, or uneven slabs that present serious fall hazards. A person carefully walking on the sidewalk can stumble and trip due to these defects and become seriously injured.
A person injured on a broken sidewalk can make for injuries suffered due to a fall caused by this defective condition. Under Michigan law, a claim due to the city's failure to maintain the sidewalk can be made when the municipality violates required by Michigan Statute MCL 691.1401, et. seq.
Currently, under Michigan law, a discontinuity defect of less than two inches in a sidewalk, trail way, crosswalk, or other installation outside of the improved portion of the highway designed for vehicular traffic raises a rebuttable inference that the municipal corporation maintained the area in reasonable repair for purposes of the highway exception to immunity. MCL 691.1402a. This means that the condition is presumed safe if the there is less than a two inch defect in the walkway, but a claim is not necessarily barred if the drop-off is less than two inches.
Claims for Injuries Due to a Broken Michigan Sidewalk
In order to prove a claim against a governmental entity, it must be shown that the governmental entity had notice of the defect and that it existed for at least 30 days. Once an injury occurs as a result of the sidewalk defect, written notice must be given to the governmental entity within 120 days. Failure to provide notice will preclude an injured victim's claim for damages. The notice shall specify the exact location and nature of the defect, the injury sustained and the names of the witnesses known at the time by the claimant. MCL 691.1404.
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Contact A Michigan Broken Sidewalk Injury Lawyer
Due to the complexities involved in defective sidewalk cases, including the notice provision, it is very important to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer who has won many of these complex cases and choose your Michigan accident lawyer as soon as possible after your injury.
For more information regarding your legal rights after a Michigan trip and fall accident on cracked or broken sidewalk, call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan Trip and Fall Accident Lawyers about your case, or simply submit this contact form and we will get back to you quickly.