Q: Is it my fault if the sidewalk is in disrepair? A guest at a party in Jaime Foxx’s house is suing him for negligently maintaining the sidewalk, because she tripped on it outside his home. She filed a law suit in California seeking $10,000.00 in hospital bills, plus other damages.
A: If this lawsuit had taken place in the City of Alexandria, the answer would depend on who is responsible to maintain the sidewalk, and how long the problem existed. A property owner should perform routine maintenance checks and repairs. If the property abuts a public sidewalk, alert the local authorities to possible hazards.
City of Alexandria on Maintenance of sidewalk:
The Maintenance Division, which is located in the T&ES/RPCA Field Operations building located at 2900 Business Center Drive, provides maintenance and repairs for all City sewers, streets, sidewalks and fire hydrants; maintains stream beds, weirs and stream banks; maintains drainage tunnels, box culverts and storm water pollution removal facilities; maintains bridges; and conducts snow removal and flood control operations. http://alexandriava.gov/tes/info/default.aspx?id=2822
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