Slip or Fall and Get Injured at a Home or Business?
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 suffering?
The majority of slip and fall injuries in Pennsylvania occur due to failure to properly maintain a property or building. A promising case can be established if you can prove that you fell due to the property owner’s negligence and suffered a serious injury as a result. However, the level of negligence and proof required for these kinds of lawsuits is quite high which is why you need an experienced slip and fall lawyer to help you with your claim. Contact our attorneys today and we will help you determine if you have a lawsuit.
How to Document your Accident
After you slip or fall, 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 pay medical bills on your own and receiving the financial compensation that you are rightfully due.
Why People Fall
- Foreign object or defect in the land
- Slippery items that were not timely cleaned
- Holes in the ground
- Unbalanced walking surface
A key part of your slip and fall claim will be determining why you fell and whether the property owner should have been aware of the danger that caused you to be hurt.
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. This means the owner is responsible for managing any dangers related to sidewalks, roofs, steps, hallways, and other property issues.
Why Hire Lowenthal & Abrams to Help?
Our slip and fall accident attorneys have been helping injury victims since 1975. We know the complexities of slip and fall law and are able to provide the highest level of representation to our clients. Contact us today for a free consultation.