Pennsylvania Slip & Fall Accidents
The state of Pennsylvania allows people who have been injured on another person’s property to claim compensation for their injuries. Inadequate security, unsafe construction and design can be some of the key factors that are mentioned in premises liability claims.
Visitors to another person’s property has a right to expect reasonable standards of care. These can include shoppers, customers, guests, and visitors. When these people are on the property, they expect minimal protection from injuries.
Examples of unreasonable standards of care:
- A person may slip and fall on broken stairs, or objects laying on the ground.
- There may be electrical injuries from loose cords, or a defective hotel hairdryer.
- A person may be a victim of a dog attack on his neighbor’s property.
- They may suffer injuries in his apartment elevator.
- A person may slip and fall on a defective sidewalk, or fall in a hole in the road.
- A shopper reaching an object from a shelf may have objects topple on top of him.
- A person may be at risk of burn injuries as a result of a fire on someone else’s property.
- A child may drown or suffer a near-drowning incident in a public swimming pool.
- A person may be assaulted or raped on someone’s property.
In all of these cases, victims have the right to bring a premises liability claim against the owner of the property.
Some common hazards on a property that could expose owners to the risk of a premises liability claim include:
- Wet floors
- Cluttered or slippery floors
- Failure to secure dogs on the property
- Broken stairs
- Lack of illumination, especially in staircases and stairwells
- Failure to mark holes on the ground, and other fall hazards
- Failure to provide adequate security on the premises
It’s not just the owner of the property who may be named in a claim. The management or supervisor of the property and the operators of the property at the time of the accident can also be named in a claim.
How Do I Know If I Have a Valid Slip & Fall Case?
If you were hurt on someone else’s property, you may have a claim for compensation. To determine if you have a valid case, a court will look at whether you acted in a reasonable and expected manner when you were hurt. An experienced Philadelphia slip and fall attorney can review your case to help determine if your case is valid.
As an initial matter, your lawyer will look at whether you had a valid reason for being on the property where you fell, or if the owner should have anticipated you being on the premises. If so, then your attorney will likely ask you a number of other questions during a free initial consultation. This may include asking if:
- The dangerous spot was easily noticeable and potentially avoidable
- There were any signs of potential hazards, such as a “caution: wet floor” sign
- You were distracted, such as by looking down at your phone, and not paying attention to where you were going
- You noticed the risk of the dangerous condition, and did not bring it to the attention of the property owner
The answers to these questions, along with an investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding your slip and fall accident, can help your attorney if the property owner or operator can be held responsible for your injuries. A highly skilled Philadelphia slip and fall attorney with extensive knowledge in this field of Pennsylvania law can analyze the validity of your case, and pursue a claim on your behalf to help you achieve the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.
Do I Still Have a Case If I Slipped and Fell at a Friend’s House?
If you suffered a slip and fall accident at a friend’s house, it can be difficult to decide what to do. One on hand, you don’t want to ruin your friendship by asking for money. On the other hand, you have been hurt and suffered damages as a result of the fall.
Fortunately, there is an option that allows you to maintain your friendship while pursuing a case: filing a claim against your friend’s homeowners insurance policy. If you were injured due to negligence or a hazard on a friend’s property, you may be able to file what is known as a premises liability claim for your slip and fall. This should be covered by your friend’s insurance policy as part of their liability coverage.
Filing a claim against the insurance policy is different from suing your friend directly. Generally, it will not directly impact his or finances, as the policy should cover your damages. Because these situations can be personally complicated, consulting with a seasoned Philadelphia slip and fall attorney can help you determine how to proceed if you have been hurt at a friend’s house.
Why You Need an Experienced Pennsylvania Slip & Fall Attorney
Slip and fall accident cases may seem relatively simple: a person falls on someone’s property, and the property owner pays them for their losses. In reality, these cases can be highly complex, and working with an attorney can help you obtain the best possible outcome.
Under Pennsylvania law, the injured party (plaintiff) bears the burden of proving that the property owner (defendant) is responsible for their damages. The plaintiff will have to prove
- That the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to maintain reasonably safe conditions on their
- That the defendant failed to fulfill this duty
- As a result of this failure, the plaintiff was injured
In addition, the plaintiff will have to introduce evidence of his or her damages, which may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, or loss of enjoyment of life. There are a number of different legal concepts that apply to each of these elements. For example, in Pennsylvania, property owners owe the highest duty of care to invitees, a person who visits land that is open to the public or for a purpose directly connected with a business. A knowledgeable slip and fall attorney can utilize his or her knowledge of these laws to make the strongest possible case for compensation — and help you get your life back on track.
A Philadelphia slip and fall attorney can also ensure that a thorough investigation is performed as soon as possible after your accident. This will help to establish liability for a potential lawsuit, and will also strengthen your position for negotiations. Given the complicated nature of slip and fall cases, having an experienced Pennsylvania slip and fall attorney to shepherd you through the process can make a significant difference in the end result of your case. Contact Solnick & Associates, LLC today by filling out the contact form or calling (877) 415-6495 to schedule an initial consultation.
The Pennsylvania premises liability lawyers at Solnick & Associates, LLC represent persons who have been injured in slip and fall accidents, dog bites, swimming pool accidents and other accidents on defective or unsafe premises across Pennsylvania.