Slipping and falling in a public place is no laughing matter, and these kinds of accidents happen more often than you might think. Slip and fall accidents account for over 8 million emergency room visits , and slipping and falling at the workplace is one of the most common causes of worker’s compensation claims
Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries, including broken bones, soft tissue damage, or spinal or head injuries. And these injuries can be worse for the elderly, who may have more brittle bones and less ability to balance.
If you have been hurt because you slipped and fell due to someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may have a case against them. Contact one of our experienced Philadelphia slip and fall attorneys to discuss your case.
Slip and fall accidents can happen to anyone, in any place, and at any time. But the most common slip and fall accidents occur in retail or public buildings because of cleaning products, on sidewalks or stairs because of uneven surfaces, or on floors or other surfaces covered in rain or snow. It is important to know that in many cases, if you have slipped and fallen on a surface that should have been safe to walk on, the fall was not your fault or the result of your “clumsiness.” In fact, someone’s negligence caused your fall, and they should be held accountable for the medical costs from your injuries, as well as for your pain and suffering.
Common Slip and Fall Accidents:
When floors in retail stores, hotels, airports, or other public places have just been cleaned, they can be very slippery because of the soap or wax that was used. It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the floors are safe to walk on, or at least to warn people that the floors might still be wet from cleaning. If there was no sign to indicate that the floor was wet, then the property owner will often be held liable for the accident, because they are responsible for their employees who should have known that the wet floor could be a safety hazard.
Stairs, loose carpeting, and cracked sidewalks are all examples of uneven surfaces that can cause you to slip or trip and fall. Because owners of property (which includes municipalities who are responsible for public sidewalks) have a duty to keep these surfaces safe and in good repair, you can often hold them responsible for your injuries if you were hurt after tripping on an uneven surface like staircases or cracked pavement.
Snow and ice in winter, and rain puddles or wet leaves, can often create slipping hazards, both outdoors and indoors. Property owners are responsible for keeping surfaces clean and free of debris from the weather, including ice and leaves. If you have slipped and fallen in a public place because of debris from bad weather, you may have a claim against the property owner.
Why Hire an Attorney?
Slip and fall accidents are sometimes difficult to prove, because of the complicated laws that govern the liability of property owners and employers. To be successful in a slip and fall claim against a property owner, you must be able to prove that the property owner (or the employees in some cases) knew or should have known of the hazard and yet did nothing to take care of it.
Because our lawyers have years of experience handling slip and fall accidents in Philadelphia, we know what it will take to prove that the property owner behaved negligently and caused your slip and fall injuries. We can help gather evidence by looking at surveillance footage of the building, talking to witnesses, and taking photographs of the scene. We will also help settle with the property owner to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries, and if the property owner is uncooperative, we will take them to court.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with our offices if you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident. You will not owe us anything until we win your case, because we do not want you to worry about finances during your recovery. Our attorneys are ready to help you with your case.