Who is Responsible for a Sidewalk Accident Injury in Florida?

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At any hour, people can be seen walking the streets here in Jacksonville, as this is Florida’s most populous city, after all. However, unfortunately, there are times when property owners will fail to adequately care for their sidewalks, causing them to become unsafe, which, in turn, results in accidents and injuries. If you were recently injured in a sidewalk accident due to dangerous sidewalk conditions and are seeking financial compensation to help you heal, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our experienced Jacksonville sidewalk accidents attorneys to learn more about what we can do for you. Here are some of the questions you  may have:

How can a sidewalk accident occur?

Sidewalk accidents happen for several reasons, but they’re usually caused by hazardous sidewalk conditions and property owners’ neglect to fix them. Just some of the most common safety hazards we see when it comes to sidewalks are as follows:

  • Mis-leveled sidewalks
  • Protruding tree roots
  • Potholes
  • Standing water
  • Debris left on the sidewalk
  • Missing slabs
  • Inadequate lighting

Suppose you were injured on a sidewalk because of any of the aforementioned safety hazards. In that case, there’s a chance you’ll qualify for compensation, but first, you and your attorney will have to assign liability, which isn’t always straightforward.

Who is responsible for sidewalk maintenance in Florida?

Here in Florida, most sidewalks are owned and maintained by municipalities, but this isn’t always the case. The timeframe from the date of your accident that you’ll have to sue the property owner for your injuries largely depends on who the property owner is. For example, if you’re looking to sue a municipality for your injuries, you will have to file a Notice of Claim within three years of the date your sidewalk accident occurred. That said, in most other cases, the statute of limitations is four years.

Still, you should note that the sooner you file your personal injury claim, the better. Our firm is prepared to assess the circumstances of your injury, gather evidence that proves the injury wasn’t your fault, and fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled. You just need to pick up the phone and give us a call so we can get working on your case.


Ansbacher Law is composed of knowledgeable attorneys who are ready to assist clients with various legal matters throughout North Florida. Please contact our office for an initial consultation today.