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Can you sue the neighbor??

Ok lets say that the ground is uneven between your house and the neighbors. You were walking to go to the back and in order to do so, you have to go down this ramp (2-3 feet in length) and walk up their back drive way to get to your carport. So it is the neighbors property. You slip and fall and break a bone (leg, ankle, whatever)...

Can you sue the neighbor?


Just to clarify quickly... I am NOT going to sue the neighbor.  It is a debate we are having. 

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:28 PM on Dec. 27, 2010 in Money & Work

Answers (13)
  • Sure you can but why would you? It's not the neighbors fault the ground is tilted. People are way to sue happy and sue for every little thing

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 8:30 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Why don't you just stay off their property. Why in the world would you sue them?

    Answer by tootoobusy at 8:30 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • U were in there yard with out there concent dont think that u would get much.

    Answer by logansmom6106 at 8:33 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Of course you can... That doesn't mean "they"or "you" will win...Depending on who brings on the suit... But, then wouldn't "they" or "you" be trespassing?

    Why would you have to walk onto their property to get to yours? I don't understand that..

    Answer by midnightmoma at 8:33 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Who in the world are you bothering to debate this with.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 8:36 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • That would be considered a baseless, frivolous law suit!! When trespassing on someone elses PRIVATE PROPERTY you are assuming whatever injuries you receive as a result. Now, if your neighbor's planted a tree, and it grew heavy uplifting roots that lifted the sidewalk (public property) or damaged your home's foundation (not his property), THEN you would have grounds for filing a complaint, and MAYBE your town would tell the neighbor to cut down the tree and repair the public property that was damaged.

    When my husband was a child, a neighbor climbed over his fence to use their pool--UNIVITED, and in the process of climbing over the chain link, cut their leg and twisted their ankle. They actually tried to sue my husband's parents!! The judge laughed at threw the case out!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:37 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Do you own the property?

    Answer by sexyfancyface at 8:39 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • if it's on their property, yes

    Answer by admckenzie at 8:45 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Yes you can sue them. And you might even win since it was on their property which makes them liable. Like if they didn't shovel their driveway and you slipped and fell they could be liable.

    However you were technically trespassing, so there is a good chance that you wouldn't actually win. But can you sue? Sure. But in the end it's probably not worth it.

    Answer by Erica_Smerica at 10:43 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • You can be sure that their insurance company would fight it. You were/are trespassing and it is not the neighbors fault you can't walk.

    Answer by matthewscandi at 10:53 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

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