Injuries from slips and falls are the second most common injury after motor vehicle accidents. A victim may have encountered a hidden danger on someone else’s property causing him or her to fall and be injured. Because of your injury, you may be entitled to compensation. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you should not have to navigate the hidden dangers of the legal system alone.
Most slips and falls occur:
- In poorly maintained workplaces, such as a factory or a kitchen, where floors are dirty and slippery
- In offices where hundreds of computer cables and wires are left in the open forming an obvious hazard
- In grocery stores and malls where something may have spilled, wasn’t appropriately cleaned, or a defect in the area makes it dangerous
- On sidewalks where chips and holes in the pavement are known to trip up pedestrians
What happens if you are a slip and fall victim?
Next, you need to determine what caused the accident and perhaps take your own photographs and collect information from potential witnesses.
Make sure to report the incident to a person in charge of the area as soon as possible. Include details regarding the nature of the injury, when and where it took place, your name and contact information as well as information from any witnesses.
Finally, contact an attorney.
You may need to prove that the property owner was aware of the hazard but did nothing to correct it. For example, perhaps you were shopping at a grocery store and another customer spilled milk on the floor. If you slipped, fell and injured yourself because of the milk, then you would have to prove that the store owner had enough time to fix the hazard between the time the milk was spilled and when you were injured.
In other situations, you may need to prove that, although a dangerous condition was obvious to you and the property owner, it was nevertheless unavoidable and should have already been fixed by the owner.
Regardless the situation, your injury may result in excessive medical expenses. Your ability to pay these medical expenses may be limited if your injury forces you to miss work and paychecks. Your injury may also include pain and suffering requiring ongoing medical attention and, therefore, loss of enjoyment of life.
How much your claim may be worth generally depends on the extent of your injury. A claim will almost always include an amount for pain and suffering, medical expenses to cover present and on-going treatment, income lost from your time spent injured and, if the injury has caused a permanent disability, any decrease in future earning potential.
As skilled attorneys, we can help you navigate the legal system and hold those responsible for your injuries accountable.
- Immediately determine which property owner may be held liable
- Quickly collect evidence, question witnesses and photograph the hazardous area
- Personally inspect the alleged hazard at the site of the injury
- Diligently research to put the law on your side
You need an experienced Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyer in order to ensure that you are compensated for all of your losses. Do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss how we can help enforce your legal rights. Contact Us immediately for a FREE consultation to discuss your case and your rights.