Slip & Fall Injuries are Serious Accidents
Slip and fall injuries occur when a person falls, usually while walking, on someone else’s property. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs for fall victims totals $13-14 million per year in the U.S. Fall injuries make up over 20% of all emergency room visits.
Older people are especially vulnerable to falling injuries. One in every three seniors who fall will die as a result of the slip and fall accident. Falls are also the leading cause of brain injuries. If you or someone you love have suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, contact our experienced Philadelphia slip and fall attorneys at Munley Law for a free case evaluation.
Most Prevalent Philadelphia Slip and Fall Dangers
Slip and fall hazards can be found almost anywhere in Philadelphia, including gas stations, mechanic shops, pharmacies, sidewalks, parking lots, and other businesses and commercial properties.
Slip and fall accidents occur at people’s homes as well. Often, the dangerous condition is caused by the property owner’s negligence. This could be:
- unsafe work conditions,
- wet floors,
- wet or icy sidewalks and stairs,
- poor maintenance of areas where people walk,
- inappropriate flooring materials, and
- inadequate lighting.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries
A slip and fall accident can be caused by a negligent property owner. Property owners owe invitees a duty of care to provide a safe place to walk. Anyone that is invited onto the property is considered an invitee. In someone’s home, this includes anyone who is invited over, like friends, family, and guests. It also includes delivery truck drivers and service providers.
On a commercial property, like a business, store, restaurant, or public space, anyone who is allowed in the space would be considered an invitee.
If a property owner failed to maintain their property safely and reasonably, and a serious slip and fall accident occurs as a result, the property owner can be held responsible in a slip and fall case.
Common Injuries that Occur in a Slip and Fall Accident
About 60% of all slip and fall accidents happen on one level, with about 40% happening with the fall injury victims falling from an elevation of some kind. The most common injuries in fall accident cases include:
- Broken or fractured bones.
- Soft tissue injuries (to tendons, ligaments, and organs).
- Shoulder and neck injuries.
- Hip fractures.
- Sprained or strained ankles, wrists, or other joints.
- Cuts and abrasions.
- Back and spinal cord injuries.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Negligence in Slip and Fall Lawsuits
Falls happen often. If you suffer slip and fall injuries on someone else’s property, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against the property owner or property manager to recover compensation for your expenses and losses, such as medical expenses, physical pain, and lost wages.
For a personal injury lawsuit to be successful under Pennsylvania law, you must show that the property owner or manager was negligent. This means that they did not act responsibly or reasonably to ensure that you did not fall.
Duties of owners and managers
Property owners in Philadelphia can be held accountable if there is a known hazard or if they should have known that the danger existed. They can also be responsible for a slip and fall claim if they caused a dangerous situation that caused injuries. Examples of not fulfilling these duties include:
- Not maintaining floors properly
- Allowing spilled water to remain
- Not placed a “caution” sign after mopping floors
- Allowing broken steps to remain without repair or without notice of their condition
- Not putting down salt on an ice sidewalk
Third-party liability in Philadelphia slip and fall accidents
Commercial property owners can hire another company for services that include maintenance and inspection of the property. If a slip and fall accident occurs on the property, this other company referred to a “third-party” may be responsible for paying for your medical bills and other expenses.
When a slip and fall accident occurs in a commercial parking lot that serves more than one business, third-party liability can be complicated. You will need an experienced slip and fall lawyer to help show who is the at-fault party responsible to provide you with compensation for your injuries. Call the experienced slip and fall accident lawyers at Munley Law for your free consultation.
Slip and Fall Lawsuit Breakdown
In most slip and fall cases, the parties’ insurance companies will engage in slip and fall settlement discussions. Many slip and fall cases are settled successfully during these negotiations when the fall victim is represented by an experienced attorney.
Sometimes, settlement talks fail. When that happens, your slip and fall lawyer will file a slip and fall accident case in court. Settlement talks can still continue even after a lawsuit is filed, and the at-fault party’s insurance company may offer a settlement amount.
An experienced attorney can guide you through this process, advising if the compensation offered is sufficient and reasonable based upon your medical expenses, injuries, and other factors. If no settlement is agreed on, then your lawyer will go to trial for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What should I do after an accident?
If you were injured in a fall, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Then, as soon as possible, speak with a Philadelphia slip and fall attorney. You should also:
- report the case to the owner or manager of the property,
- complete an accident report, and
- keep track of your medical bills and expenses.
Q: How long do I have to file a slip and fall case?
The statute of limitations to file a personal injury case in Pennsylvania is two years. This means you have only two years from the time of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you do not start your lawsuit in court within two years, you will not be able to seek compensation from the at-fault parties. Because of this short timeframe, it is important for you to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Q: When is a property owner liable for my slip and fall injuries?
Anyone who owns property in Pennsylvania will have an obligation to protect visitors to their property. If the owner knows of the dangerous condition, he must fix it or alert you about it. He also has a duty to inspect his property to ensure there are no hazards that could injure visitors. Any potential dangers discovered have to be dealt with as soon as possible. If the property owner does not do any of these things, then he could be found negligent and liable for your injuries.
Q: When is the city or state responsible?
If you have been injured in a slip and fall on public property in Philadelphia you may have a legal claim against certain city officials, departments, or employees in charge of maintaining the property. If you want to file a slip and fall case against the city, you should speak with an experienced Philadelphia lawyer as soon as possible as the timeframe for filing a lawsuit against the city can be shorter than other timeframes.
Q: How much is a slip and fall claim worth?
You may be entitled to recover money for any or all of the following:
- Expenses for medical care
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Medical rehabilitation costs
- Court costs
- Other expenses and costs
If your fall accident results in severe injuries, you may be entitled to more financial compensation than if you do not suffer serious injuries. The amount of compensation is different for every accident. Our slip and fall lawyers can provide you with an estimate of the compensation you deserve after a financial analysis and investigation to answer these questions as well as others:
- What or who caused the accident?
- How the accident happened?
- How severe and long-lasting are your injuries?
- Was the hazardous condition left unchanged for a long period of time?
- Will you be able to return to work?
- How much insurance coverage is available?
Q: How can you prove negligence in a slip and fall case?
If a plaintiff fell and was injured because of someone else’s negligence, the plaintiff can only recover money for their injuries if they prove the at-fault party’s negligence. Negligence can be shown with evidence proving that the owner or manager did not exercise reasonable care in keeping the property safe. Property owners must provide a safe environment and fix safety concerns promptly and adequately. If they fail to do these things, they may be found negligent.
Q: Who is liable if I trip and fall on a Philadelphia sidewalk?
If you fell in front of business, the owner of the business may be responsible for maintaining the safety of the sidewalk by making sure it is free of water, snow, ice, and debris. If the business rents the space, the property owner might also have legal responsibility for the sidewalk. The city is responsible for sidewalks on government property. The city may have “secondary liability” for others’ sidewalks as well. However, you must prove that the city knew or should have known about dangers present on the sidewalk and did not repair or replace it.
Q: Do I need to call a personal injury lawyer?
Yes, almost always, especially if you suffered a serious injury or your medical costs are high. Because you must file your claim within two years from the date the accident occurred, it is very important to discuss the accident with a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer as soon as possible.
In order to receive compensation, you must prove the negligence of the property owner or manager. Our experienced and skilled personal injury attorneys can help you.
You must also show that the at-fault party or the insurance company is required to pay for your losses under the circumstances of the accident. The experienced lawyers at our law firm can help, starting with their free consultation. Our legal team will guide you through the legal process. We collect evidence and handle discussions with witnesses, other attorneys, and insurers. Most importantly, we fight for your rights so you can receive fair compensation.
We’ll fight to get the money you deserve
Injuries from slip and fall accidents are some of the most common and preventable injuries in the United States. Our personal injury attorneys will pursue your claim without any financial risk to you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no legal costs to you until we recover money for you.
What makes Munley Law different?
For more than 55 years, Munley Law has been representing accident victims across Pennsylvania. Our lawyers have consistently been named among the Best Lawyers in America. Our law firm has been listed among the nation’s Best Law Firms by U.S. News and World Report. Our results speak for themselves: we have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.
Contact a Philadelphia Slip and Fall Attorney Today
The injury you or your loved one suffered could impact your life forever. We will work hard to recover the maximum amount of money for the injuries caused by the accident. At the Philadelphia law office of Munley Law, our slip and fall lawyers have extensive experience with a wide range of personal injury cases. You should not have to face financial expenses on your own if someone else caused your accident. If you’ve been injured in a Philadelphia slip and fall accident, contact Munley Law today for a free consultation. Our slip and fall lawyers can assess your case and discuss your legal options.