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City settles with woman who tripped and fell on sidewalk

In our last post, we talked about sidewalk accidents and the life-changing effects they can have on people. In that post, we detailed the injuries that can be suffered and why it is important to hold those who are responsible for the sidewalk liable for the defect in the sidewalk. Today, we have a real world example of this.

A woman sued the city of Santa Monica after she tripped and fell on some uneven payment on a sidewalk in 2015. The woman suffered a dislocated shoulder, which required surgery at a later date. According to city reports, the sidewalk was inspected and the inspector said there was only a one-inch differential between two panels of concrete. But it turned out to be two inches. The spot was one of 3,000 sidewalks that the city had reports on that were "in need of repair."

The woman and the city came to a settlement of $48,000, which was recently approved by the city of Santa Monica.

There are two things to note from this story. The first is that sidewalk accidents are serious, and they happen more often than you would think.

But the other aspect here, which supports what we said above, is that the city of Santa Monica knows about 3,000 sidewalks that are in need of repair. And yet, according to the source article, nothing has been done about it. Things have probably changed over two years -- but that's still a lot of sidewalks in need of repair. Surely the number would be much higher in bigger cities.

Source: Santa Monica Daily Press, "Woman wins slip-and-fall lawsuit against City," Kate Cagle, May 15, 2017

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