Slip and Fall Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Approximately 25,000 people a day become victims of slip and fall accidents. 55 of those accidents result in fatalities. It may be surprising to many people to learn that slip and fall accidents are second only to vehicular accidents in terms of accidental fatalities in the United States. The experienced slip and fall accident lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm, serve clients who sustained injuries in:
- Shopping Malls
- Parking Lots
- Grocery Stores
- Office Buildings Apartment Complexes
- Government buildings
- Arenas, stadiums, and sports facilities
- Construction Sites
More than half a million slip and fall accidents each year require medical attention or treatment in a hospital. Victims of slip and fall accidents may suffer various injuries.
Slip and Fall Injuries
As with any accident, the severity of injury suffered from a slip and fall accident depends on many factors, including the force of the fall, the health of the victim and the medical help rendered immediately after the accident. The most common slip and fall injuries include:
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones, including pelvic fractures
- Traumatic Brain Injury
In addition to dealing with the physical, medical and emotional after-effects of an injury, slip and fall accident victims often have to deal with the financial consequences of suffering an injury.
Costs of Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
Financial consequences of slip and fall accidents may be devastating. A person injured in a slip and fall accident may have the following expenses:
- Hospital bills from emergency care
- Medical expenses for consultations with specialists, x-rays, prescription drugs and the like
- Fees for homecare nurses or physical rehabilitation centers
- Costs for physical rehabilitation and occupational therapy
- Costs for speech therapy and other specialized care (in the case of head injuries)
- Expenses associated with outfitting a home to be handicap accessible and comfortable for an accident victim that has been disabled
- Transportation costs for getting to and from medical appointments
- Lost wages and income
- Future employment
Slip and Fall Law in Pennsylvania
Slip and fall accidents fall under a special area of law called premises liability. Shopping center owners, building owners, landlords, homeowners and other property owners have an obligation to make sure their premises are reasonably safe and secure for all those who enter. Under Pennsylvania premises liability law, one who opens his business to the public is subject to liability to any person on the property for that purpose; for physical harm caused by the accidental, negligent, or intentionally harmful acts of a third party; and for the failure of the owner to discover such foreseeable acts and give adequate warnings to customers.
A higher duty of care is required of common carriers and innkeepers – owners of hotels motels, as well as elevator, and escalator, bus, airline, and other transportation companies. They have a broader duty to prevent unreasonable risk of injury to their customers. A customer who is on the premises of a business open to the public is considered an invitee. A landowner owes the greatest duty of care to invitees: a duty to warn, use reasonable care, conduct reasonable inspections of the property and make the property safe for the protection of invitees.
How a Slip and Fall Accident Attorney Can Help
A slip and fall victim may sue the party responsible for his or her injury. A personal injury attorney who is experienced in litigating and settling slip and fall accident claims may help you identify the parties whose negligence caused your fall. In addition, a Pennsylvania slip and fall attorney will advise you of your legal rights in connection with your injuries.
When a slip and fall accident occurs, an experienced premises liability lawyer will determine the liability by concentrating on liability of the landowner. The law focuses on whether the property owner makes regular and thorough efforts to keep the property safe and clean. Finding liability in a slip and fall case requires a thorough investigation of the regular practices of the landowner and of the particular area that caused the fall. Liability is likely to be found in cases where:
1) A person tripped over a torn, broken, or bulging area of carpet, floor, or ground, or slipped on a wet or loose area, and the dangerous spot had been there for a long time putting the owner on notice.
2) The property owner says he has a regular procedure for examining and cleaning or repairing the premises, but does not have any proof of it.
3) A person tripped over or slipped on an object negligently left on the floor or ground, and the object had been there long enough so that the owner should have known about it.
4) A person slipped on the wet floor and no barrier had been created or a warning had been given to prevent people from slipping and tripping.
5) Broken or poor lighting contributed to the fall.
If someone else's negligence in observing safety standards has put you at risk and caused you injuries, the Lassen Law Firm can help you sort through the circumstances and pursue justice. If a slip and fall accident claimed the life of a family member, the Lassen Law Firm can help file a wrongful death action and a survival action on behalf on the family members.
The issues of premises liability are complicated. Even though fault may be obvious to those untrained in law, slip and fault accident liability may be very complicated and overlapping. Government agencies have established standards, laws, and ordinances to define levels of safety that property owners must meet. A premises liability lawyer can determine which of these standards, laws, or ordinances apply to your particular case. In this kind of accident, survivors and family members often struggle to find a way to right the wrong that has been done. The Lassen Law Firm can do the work for you. We understand the human costs, the financial and emotional losses and your desire for justice and we will make sure you are awarded fair money damages for your losses.
The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a 29% contingency fee, not the standard 45% like other firms. We serve ALL of Pennsylvania. We can sign you up over the phone and start working on your case today.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen