Philadelphia Slip & Fall Lawyers
If you’ve fallen and injured yourself as a result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve to compensated for your medical treatment, loss of employment income, and pain and suffering. While you heal, we’ll help you recover. Call the Philadelphia slip & fall lawyers at Green and Schafle today.
Every year, according to the National Safety Council, around nine million Americans will visit an emergency room to treat injuries due to a slip, trip, or fall. Many of the most serious accidents will in one way or another be due to someone’s negligence.
This is where what are called premises liability laws come into play. These laws, which vary state to state, are in place to compel property and business owners to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition, thus protecting patrons and the general public from undue harm and injury. When you slip and fall because of unsafe conditions you were not alerted to, you are entitled to take civil action against the culprit, and you can recover substantial monetary damages, most typically from liability insurance providers.
Gravity Is Everywhere, So Are Slip & Fall Hazards
People often blame themselves (“I’m just clumsy”) for a bad slip and fall incident when in fact it was not their fault at all. Slip and falls accidents can happen to anyone, anywhere, no matter how clumsy or graceful, careful or careless you are. Of course, bad weather conditions are a major contributing factor in many slip and fall accidents, but they are not an excuse for property owners to fail to, at the very least, alert and/or warn customers that there is a hazard present.
Premises liability law also provides for situations in which property owners should have reasonably known there was a hazard present, even when in actual fact they did not know. As you can imagine, slip and fall cases can get complicated, which is why it is best to immediately contact an experienced personal injury attorney after having received medical treatment for your injuries.
Some common causes of slip, trip, and fall personal injury accidents:
- Grease on the floor of a restaurant
- Wet or uneven flooring
- Slick or icy sidewalks
- Loose carpet
- Faulty escalators or broken stairs
- Unsafe or unsecured ladders
- Unguarded heights
- Clutter and debris
Common Premises Liability Accidents
Slip and fall accidents occur when a person slips and falls on a slippery surface, such as a wet floor or icy sidewalk. These types of accidents are often caused by the property owner’s failure to maintain the property or provide adequate warning of hazards.
Trip and fall accidents occur when a person trips and falls due to an obstacle in the walkway, such as an uneven sidewalk or a cluttered aisle. These types of accidents are often caused by the property owner’s failure to maintain the property or keep it free of hazards.
Negligent security incidents occur when a person is injured as a result of inadequate security measures on the property, such as inadequate lighting, lack of security personnel, or faulty security equipment. These types of incidents can happen in a variety of settings, such as a parking lot, apartment complex, or retail store.
Other common premises liability accidents include:
- Elevator and escalator accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Fire accidents
- Dog bite incidents
- Amusement park accidents
In all these cases, the key element is the property owner’s negligence, which can be in the form of failure to maintain the property, failure to warn, or failure to provide adequate security. An experienced attorney can help you determine whether you have a valid claim and guide you through the legal process.
Common Slip, Trip & Fall Locations
Slip and fall accidents can occur in a variety of settings, but some common stores where they happen include:
- Grocery stores: Slip and fall accidents are common in grocery stores due to spills, leaky refrigeration units, and wet floors.
- Department stores: Department stores often have polished floors and aisles cluttered with merchandise, which can increase the risk of slip and fall accidents.
- Shopping malls: Shopping malls have high foot traffic and can be prone to spills and other hazards that can lead to slip and fall accidents.
- Convenience stores: Convenience stores are often small and crowded, which can make it easy for spills to go unnoticed and create a slip and fall hazard.
- Restaurants: Restaurants can be particularly prone to slip and fall accidents due to spills, wet floors from cleaning, and uneven flooring.
- Warehouses: Slip and fall accidents can also occur in warehouses due to spills, uneven flooring, and cluttered aisles.
- Hotels: Hotels are another common place for slip and fall accidents, particularly in areas such as the lobby, swimming pool, and fitness center.
- Outdoor areas: Slip and fall accidents can also happen in outdoor areas such as parking lots, sidewalks, and staircases.
In all of these cases, it is the responsibility of the store or property owner to maintain a safe environment and to clean up or fix any hazards promptly. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident in a store, it’s important to document the accident and seek legal advice.
Don’t Let Your Slip & Fall Case Slip Away
Since clear liability in slip and fall cases often involves hazards or dangerous conditions which should have easily been remedied by a negligent property or business owner, all too often immediately after you suffer a slip and fall accident, the offending hazard or conditions will mysteriously vanish. The mops and rock salt will come out; the Wet Floor sign will magically appear.
That is why, if at all possible, victims of a slip and fall should make every effort not only to record their injuries at the time of the occurrence and continuously thereafter, but also to document or photograph the hazard or condition that brought them to grief in the first place. Of course, this may not be possible, as a trip to the emergency room does not leave much time for snapping photos. But any and all record of the premises that caused your slip and fall accident can be an enormous help in the effort to establish liability on the party of the culprit.
Contact Our Experienced Philadelphia Slip & Fall Lawyers
The Philadelphia slip & fall lawyers at Green & Schafle understand what a major setback a bad slip and fall accident can be. There are your medical treatment costs to consider, loss of employment, pain and suffering. We want to help. You can count on us to use our skills and experience to advocate for you and seek maximum recovery of your damages.
If you or anyone you know has been the victim of a slip and fall injury, please contact our attorneys immediately for a free consultation toll-free at 1-855-462-3330 or via email by clicking here.