Category: Slip and Falls

Written Notice Required When Injured By A Town’s Defective Sidewalk

If you have been injured as a result of a Connecticut town’s or city’s defective sidewalk, you must give written notice of the claim within 90 days of the accident to the town.  If proper written notice is not given within 90 days, you will be prohibited from bringing a lawsuit against the town or city.  The written notice must be filed with the town or city clerk.  The written notice must identify the injury, describe the injury, describe the cause of the injury (i.e. the nature and substance of the defect or hazrad), the date and time of the incident, and the location of the incident.  This crucial notification requirement is another example why it pays to retain a Connecticut personal injury lawyer soon after an accident.

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90 Day Written Notice Requirement For Slip And Falls In Municipal Sidewalks

Cases involving falls on defective city or town sidewalks have short notice periods for any claim against the city. Under Connecticut General Statutes Section 13a-149,written notice with certain required information must be given to the clerk of the city, town or borough responsible for maintaining the sidewalk, within 90 days of the incident. Because of the short time deadline, it is important to retain an attorney immediately. If proper written notice is not filed within 90 days from the date of the injury, you will be prohibited from bringing a lawsuit against the responsible town or city.

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Winter Safety Tips To Avoid Slip And Falls

Winter walking safety tips, courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • If the sidewalks and walkways are impassable and you have to walk in the street, walk against traffic and as close to the curb as you can.
  • Proper gear is a must but wearing dark “winter” colors can make it difficult for motorists to see you. Wear a brightly-colored scarf or hat or reflective gear, especially if you have to walk in the street. Don’t forget gloves and footgear with non-slip soles.
  • Snow that has accumulated into drifts can muffle the sounds of approaching motor vehicles. Hats and scarves that cover your ears can muffle or even block these sounds. Keep warm, but dress so that you can hear what’s going on around you.
  • If you can, shop before the storm hits. If you must shop, don’t buy more than you can easily carry. Remember — the sidewalks and streets are slippery and carrying heavy packages can impair your balance.
  • When traveling with babies or small children, make sure they are dressed in brightly-colored or reflective clothing.
  • If you have to push a stroller or walk in the street, the child should be in front of you and as close to the curb as possible.
  • Snow and ice may keep motorists from stopping at traffic signals or slowing down for pedestrians. Before you step off of the curb into the street, make sure that any approaching vehicles have come to a complete stop.
  • Bending your knees a little and taking slower steps can greatly reduce your chances of falling.
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Connecticut Slip and Fall Injuries – Personal Injury Lawyers

Connecticut slip and fall injuries routinely occur as a result of a property owner’s failure to inspect or repair the property. If you have suffered a slip and fall injury, it is important to take the following steps: 1) report the incident to the property owner or manager; 2) seek medical attention; 3) photograph the defective condition if possible; 4) if the defective condition has been fixed or removed, photograph the location of the fall; and 5) contact our attorneys. Due to certain statute of limitations and statutory notification provisions for certain slip and fall claims, it is vital to contact our Hartford slip and fall personal injury lawyers as soon as possible following the slip and fall incident.

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Injured In A Slip And Fall Accident

If you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident , it is important that you contact our attorneys as soon as possible. In many cases, the defective or dangerous condition that caused the fall will be repaired shortly after the incident.  Consequently, by retaining one of our lawyers, we can take the necessary steps to preserve the evidence. In some cases, the injuries to the person prevent the person from immediately notifying the property owner of the accident.  By hiring our law firm, we will place the property owner on written notice of the claim. In other cases, the slip and fall accident took place on State of Connecticut or city property. In these cases, there are crucial and short time deadlines to place the State or municipality on written notice of your legal claim. If written notice is not given, you will be prohibited from bringing a lawsuit against the responsible town, city or the State of Connecticut.

If you have been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, call our attorneys today at 860-667-0839.

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