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Every year, tens of thousands of people in the United States are injured or killed in slip-and-fall accidents. Falls are the second leading cause of unintentional death in the United States. Adults over 65 and those working in construction and related fields are at higher risk of fall-related injuries and deaths.
If you were the victim of a slip and fall accident, you may be legally entitled to compensation for any losses resulting from your injury. You may also be entitled to compensation if your loved one’s slip-and-fall resulted in a wrongful death. An experienced Reading slip and fall attorney at Munley Law can help you recover compensation.
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How Munley Law Can Help You in Your Slip and Fall Case
When you need compensation for your slip-and-fall accident injuries, you need to get an attorney on your side with proven experience. Your slip and fall lawyer needs to understand how to navigate the complicated liability issues in these premises liability cases and know what avenues to pursue to prove liability and calculate the full compensation you are owed.
For the last 60 years, the attorneys at Munley Law have represented victims in slip and fall accidents throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. We have been consistently named among the Best Lawyers in America. We have also been listed among the best law firms in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. We have recovered millions in settlements and verdicts for clients. We have the proven experience you need to pursue your slip and fall injury claim.
What Causes Slip and Fall Accidents?
Properties with unsafe conditions and other hazards can lead to serious slip and fall-related injuries. Even simple defects like tripping hazards or small liquid spills can result in severe consequences for injured victims.
Some common causes behind slip and fall accidents include:
- Poorly maintained or uneven sidewalks
- Walkways or parking lots with little to no lighting
- Slippery floors resulting from recent cleanings or drink spills
- Accumulated snow or ice on sidewalks and other walkways
- Building code violations and hidden defects
- Worn or improperly installed carpeting
- Damaged or missing handrails
- Stray cords in pathways
- Loose or missing floorboards
Generally, property owners are responsible for ensuring their properties are free of these dangers and hazards. Even if they cannot clear the defect immediately, property owners must provide sufficient warning about the dangerous condition to patrons.
What to Do if You Are the Victim of a Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents can be difficult to prove. For the best chance of success with your case, you need to take the right steps to preserve evidence from the beginning.
If you have suffered injuries from a slip and fall, take these important steps to best protect your chances at maximum compensation:
- Ensure your slip and fall accident is documented. Inform security, management, and any other witnesses of your fall. Request an accident report.
- If possible, take footage of the scene in the immediate aftermath of your fall. Focus particularly on any conditions that may have caused the fall, like poor lighting, trip hazards, or a lack of signage for hazards.
- Collect the contact information of any potential witnesses, including security, management, and witnesses passing by.
- See a doctor as soon as possible, even if you believe your injuries are minor. Some injuries take time to fully manifest, and visiting a doctor ensures you can document your injuries and directly connect them to your fall.
If the property owner or any other involved party reaches out with a compensation offer, do not accept their offer before speaking with a Reading slip and fall accident attorney. Liable parties in a slip and fall case have a vested interest in preventing you from obtaining the maximum compensation you are owed for your injuries.
Any compensation offered may be inadequate to cover the full costs of your accident. Only an experienced attorney will know what your case is truly worth.
Proving Liability After a Slip and Fall Accident
In addition to property owners, the following parties have a duty to keep properties free of hazards:
- Business owners
- Apartment tenants
In some cases, multiple parties may be held liable in a slip-and-fall case. This is another reason why reaching out to a slip-and-fall attorney is crucial – multiple liable parties can quickly complicate a case.
When proving liability in a slip and fall case, it is vitally important to prove whether or not the liable party knew about the dangerous condition. Property owners must fully inspect their buildings and maintain the premises, and can be held accountable for failing in these duties. Landlords or tenants who fail to resolve a problem after receiving repeated warnings from patrons regarding a property hazard can also be held liable if that hazard causes an injury.
In addition to proving a property owner had prior knowledge of dangerous conditions on their property, Munley Law will work to prove the following factors in your slip and fall case:
- Failure of the property owner to prevent the accident
- Conditions of property right before the accident
- Whether the owner or proprietor made any efforts to warn patrons of the hazard
- Was the property owner the cause of the dangerous condition
Pursuing a Slip and Fall Injury Case
Pennsylvania law provides a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the injury for filing a claim. This means that you as a victim in a slip and fall accident have two years from the date of the accident to file – otherwise, you may lose your right to compensation.
Something that clients frequently ask is how quickly a slip and fall case can be resolved. The good news is that many slip and fall injury cases settle outside of court. Usually, an agreement can be reached between parties without having to go into the courtroom and pursue litigation.
However, sometimes liable parties will not be willing to settle, or will not be willing to offer property compensation in a settlement. At Munley Law, we are dedicated to pursuing fair and proper compensation for your slip and fall injuries. We have the experience you need to pursue your case to trial, and we are willing to take that step if all other avenues fail.
What if I Am Partially at Fault in My Slip and Fall Accident?
If you are injured in a slip and fall, the other party will likely attempt to argue you were responsible in some way for the accident. This argument is intended to impact how much you could potentially collect in your slip and fall injury case.
When it comes to slip and fall accidents, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania considers fault under the modified comparative negligence rule. This rule states that any damages you may be able to receive in court from the accident will be reduced by the percentage you were at fault in the accident. However, if you are found to be more than 50% at fault in the accident, you will be unable to collect at all.
Let Munley Law Represent Your Slip and Fall Injury Case
In a slip and fall personal injury claim, you may find yourself fighting an uphill battle. Property owners will work to place as much blame as possible on you for your injuries. However, even if you are partially to blame, you can still recover compensation due to the owner’s negligence. An experienced slip and fall attorney can prove responsibility and help you maximize your compensation.
If you had a slip and fall accident, reach out to Munley Law right away. Call us today at (855) 866-5529 or use our online contact form now to get in touch with one of our slip and fall injury attorneys.