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I tripped and fell on a broken sidewalk in front of a Philadelphia police station. What can I do?

 

A:

If the circumstances and facts of your trip and fall accident meet one of the exceptions of the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act (Tort Claims Act), you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia.

Generally, local agencies, such as the City of Philadelphia, are immune from civil suits.  However, under the Tort Claims Act, there are limited instances when an injured person can bring a lawsuit against the local agency.  If you fell on the sidewalk, you may be able to recover your damages under the sidewalk exception. 

However, I need more information about your accident to properly assess your trip and fall case.  I need to know more about the sidewalk, i.e., whether there were missing sections of the sidewalk, whether the sidewalk was uneven, etc. 

In order to prevail under the sidewalk exception, the dangerous condition that caused you to fall has to ORIGINATE from the sidewalk itself; it can’t be an accumulation of some foreign substance such as grease, leaves, etc.  Liability may be imposed if the sidewalk was defectively designed which created a hazardous tripping condition. 

Therefore, it is important to talk to an experienced PA trip and fall accident lawyer who understands the intricacies of PA’s Tort Claims Act.  Feel free to give me a call, and I will be more than happy to answer your questions and concerns about your potential Philadelphia trip and fall case. 877.944.8396

For more information about the sidewalk exception, click here to read: Prevailing In A PA Trip & Fall Lawsuit Against A Local Government Entity – What You Should Know


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