I tripped and fell on a public sidewalk in Leicester and was injured.

Additional Information:

There was a defect in the sidewalk about 5 inches deep by 12 inches long in public sidewalk in Leicester. I tripped and suffered an injury to my knee and fractured my arm.  There were no signs but there was a witness, who lives nearby, and said that the defect has been there for weeks and the town was notified.  I plan to hire a personal injury attorney but was wondering if this is a pretty good case?

ATTORNEY ANSWER:

You do have a pretty good case, but the problem is that the town’s liability is capped by statute.  G.L. c. 84, §15 provides a limit of $5,000 for any injury upon a public way, and a sidewalk is part of the public way.  Your injuries might otherwise entitle you to a damage award much higher than the cap. 

The Leicester Personal Injury Attorneys at our firm handle personal injury claims in Leicester Massachusetts and throughout Worcester County including the communities of Auburn, Grafton, Holden, Marlborough, Millbury, North Brookfield, Shrewsbury, Westborough, West Boylston, and Worcester.