Slip and Fall Injuries
Personal Injury Attorneys
Philadelphia – Pennsylvania – New Jersey – New York
Falling on a hard surface can cause major injuries. This can lead to extensive medical bills. The question is, who pays for those bills and your harm?
The majority of slip and fall injuries and accidents occur due to the overall neglect of safety precautions in both the work environment and privately owned properties. A premises liability case can be established if you can prove your slip, trip, or fall was the cause of someone else’s neglect to correct or inform you of a potential hazard on their property. Common injuries that can result from a slip or fall include fractured hips, concussions, broken bones, and chronic back pain.
How to Document a Slip and Fall Accident
Immediately following a slip and fall accident, it is important to seek medical attention. However, if at all possible, it is also essential to document the conditions which led to your fall.
- Take pictures of the site. Identify what caused you to slip or fall and photograph it. Photograph the general area as well. Make sure you take pictures of any evidence related to your injury.
- Get names and contact information for witnesses. Speak with all witnesses and ask for the names, numbers and addresses. Ask them what they saw and document what you are told.
- Speak with the property owner or their authorized agent. If at all possible, inform the appropriate person on the property before you leave.
- Consult with an experienced slip and fall attorney. Slip and fall cases are rarely straight forward. Frequently the property owner will deny that you fell or that he was aware of whatever caused you to fall. As a result, it will be important for you to involve an attorney in your case as soon as possible. The attorney will seek to preserve any evidence, such as video from security cameras.
Obtaining this information can be crucial to making your case and could very well be the difference between being left to contend with medical bills on your own and receiving the financial compensation that you are rightfully due.
The Three Main Types of Slip and Fall Accidents Include:
- Trip-and-fall accidents, where a foreign object or defect in the land is the primary cause of the fall
- Slip-and-fall accidents, inconsistent grip on the floor or bottom of ones shoe
- Step-and-fall accidents, an injury caused by a concave hole or dip in the walking surface
Identifying why you slipped or fell will be a crucial part of your lawsuit.
Landlord and Property Owner Responsibilities
A landlord or property owner is given the responsibility of fixing a tenant’s unsafe property that may cause their tenant harm. One of these problems usually occurs during winter when the entrance way of apartments and buildings are not cleared of ice debris. It is the responsibility of the property owner to check and take preventative action to ensure safety of the tenant from slipping on the steps or sidewalks. The property owner also has the obligation to warn all visitors or tenants of potential property hazards. These may include reconstruction of sidewalks, roofs, steps, hallways, and property irregularities.
You may ask yourself why you should hire our law firm to represent you in your case. The answer is simple! We have over 30 years of experience in personal injury cases. This makes our law firm proficient, knowledgeable, and known in the court system of Pennsylvania with a reputation of benefiting the clients we represent.
Finding yourself with many medical bills after a slip and fall accident? The property owner should be responsible for the safety of their property. Contact one of our Pennsylvania personal injury lawyers to receive advice on your legal rights and options. Or maybe you slipped at work and now are disabled with a severe back injury. Read more on Pennsylvania workers’ compensation legal options.