Hazardous walkways present a serious threat. Most people expect the walkways that they use, such as moving walkways and sidewalks, to be in good order. Therefore, people are usually unprepared when a walkway is defective and dangerous. You can contact us online or call Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507 if you have been injured due to a hazardous walkway condition.
Defective Design and Failure to Maintain
A defect in the design of a walkway can make that walkway hazardous to users. A defective design typically occurs at the manufacture level. For example, a walkway that moves too quickly or jolts is defective and presents a danger to users.
A defective design might also mean that that the walkway is not suitable for the place in which it resides. For example, a moving walkway in an airport that was not designed to hold the volume of people that use the walkway has a poor design. A poor design can lead the walkway to breakdown, stall or become unstable.
A walkway can also become a hazard when a property owner fails to provide proper upkeep and maintenance. Walkways, especially moving walkways, require constant service. It can be the responsibility of either the property owner or renter to ensure that such maintenance is done.
Let us help you determine who the liable party is if you have been injured while using a walkway that was defective of not properly maintained. Call Ponton Law today at 404-418-8507 so we can help.
What Should I Do if I Have Been Injured While Using a Walkway?
Being injured on a walkway can be a very stressful event. You may be in significant pain, embarrassed, and confused. Try your best to remain calm and seek medical attention for your injuries.
If possible, you will also want to:
- Record the Accident Scene. Clear records (such as videos or photographs) make it easier to identify the cause of your injuries. If you are unable to take video or pictures of the accident, then you will want to write down your recollection of events as soon after the accident as you are able.
- Get Witness Information. Typically, an accident that occurs on a walkway will been seen by others. Get the contact information of witnesses to your accident. Witness testimony can be used during negotiations and at trial to show how your injuries occurred.
- Keep a Journal. Keeping a journal of how your injury has impacted your life, including pain and suffering, medication and physical therapy requirements, and loss of enjoyment for life is important. A well-kept journal can help us get you the full compensation you deserve for your injuries.
After an accident, you should never:
- Admit Fault. Never admit to fault after an accident. As we have said, an accident can be a confusing time and often those most directly harmed are those least able to identity the cause of those injuries.
- Sign a Waiver. You may be approached by representatives of the property owner or renter and asked to sign paperwork after the accident. Never do this. Never sign a release or acknowledgement or any other paperwork without allowing us to review it first.
- “Tough It Out”. Being injured can have a serious and lasting impact on you and your loved ones. Seek immediate medical attention and allow medical professionals to properly diagnose and treat your injury.
Personal Injury and Ponton Law
James Ponton has dedicated his practice to helping those who have been injured be the carelessness of others. Contact us today for a complete review of your case. Call Ponton Law at 404-418-8507.