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I tripped over a raised sidewalk.  Is the City responsible?  Is the nearby homeowner responsible?

submitted by Carol B.

The Injury Legal Team’s answer:

It depends.  Both the City and the adjacent homeowner could be responsible.  But it depends on many facts that are not submitted with your question.  What you should always do first is get the medical care that you need, if you have not done so already.  You should take pictures of the dangerous condition that caused your fall immediately so the condition is documented.  You must also consult with an attorney immediately to determine if you have a case, and against whom.  When the City or other governmental entity may be involved time is of the essence.  While there is a two year statute of limitations in California generally for injury claims, you only have six months to file a claim against the City or appropriate governmental entity.  If you do not do so, you may be forever barred from bringing a case against them.

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