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I slipped and fell on a speed bump in a parking lot and fractured my hip. What are my legal rights?

 

A:

If the speed bump was a dangerous tripping hazard, then you may be able to sue for your injuries.  A speed bump can be a dangerous tripping hazard if it is not visible, i.e., no yellow or black paint on it, or if it lacks slip resistant material to prevent pedestrians from slipping. 

It is also possible that there may be multiple parties responsible for your injuries and pain and suffering. Because I do not know whether you were in a parking garage or in a parking lot of a public establishment, it is difficult to determine the parties responsible for your injuries.  Therefore, it is important to talk to a slip and fall lawyer who can conduct an investigation to identify the liable parties. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you fell at a parking lot that belongs to a governmental entity, you need to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. The reason is that when the responsible party is a governmental entity, you must report your accident to them within a specific time frame.  If you do not report it in time, then you may lose your legal right to sue.  Because I do not know whether your slip and fall accident happened in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, you should talk to someone as soon as possible.

You can also contact me with any of your questions at 877.944.8396.

For more information, you can also read the following legal articles related to Pennsylvania and New Jersey slip and fall accidents:

*Published: 11-5-12


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