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Obstructions on Walkways

While courts in Hollywood and Florida expect pedestrians to take reasonable precautions, unsafe conditions such as debris or obstructions on sidewalks can cause serious trip and fall accidents and serious injuries. Obstructions can include obstacles such as overhanging weeds and trees or large items that require pedestrians to walk off a walkway to avoid a collision. Obstructions can also include small toys or objects on pathways that can lead to falls. All of these conditions are dangerous and can lead to serious injuries.

If you or a loved one in your family has sustained an injury on a sidewalk or walkway, contact the law offices of Flaxman Law Group. Charles Flaxman is a personal injury attorney with more than 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer and more than ten years of experience as an insurance adjuster. Since he worked in the insurance industry before dedicating his life to helping injured plaintiffs, he understands how to negotiate with insurance carriers and how to face these companies in court to maximize recovery. If you have been injured, do not hesitate to contact Charles Flaxman and the rest of the personal injury claims attorneys at our law firm for a free, no obligation case analysis.

Common Causes of Obstructions

Sidewalks and other walkways are meant to be kept clear, but there are many things that can lead to obstructions and debris, including:

  • Understaffing at businesses and facilities
  • Lack of adequate cleaning schedule
  • Poor maintenance
  • Temporary renovations or work

Businesses and private residence are expected to keep walkways clear. For example, homeowners are expected to keep the walkways to their front door clear so that visitors can get to the front door safely. Businesses such as restaurants, stores, hotels, and other establishments have an even higher duty of care to their guests and patrons to ensure that walkways are clear and safe for all patrons. When property owners do not take the adequate steps needed to keep walkways clear and safe, they can be held partly liable for any injuries that result.

Preventing Trip and Fall Accidents and Injuries

There many things that property owners are expected to do in order to keep walkways safe, including:

  • Periodically cleaning debris from walkways
  • Checking walkways for uneven surfaces and other issues
  • Placing signs in areas where construction work or other issues may cause debris
  • Providing adequate lighting so that guests can see any obstacles in their way
  • Trimming hedges, bushes, and grass to provide a clear walk space

When property owners fail to act in order to prevent injuries, they can be held partly liable if their negligence and recklessness leads to injuries.

If you have suffered an injury due to a property owner’s negligence or due to some other form of recklessness, do not hesitate in contacting Flaxman Law Group. Flaxman Law Group is a South Florida personal injury firm with offices in Hollywood, Miami, and Homestead. Our attorneys have more than six decades of combined trial experience and negotiation experience that can be put to work on your case today. An initial consultation with us comes with no commitment and no cost, so you risk nothing getting information and answers to your questions.