What to Do If You’ve Been in a Serious Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents happen all the time, regardless of the weather, often because of dangerous, uneven sidewalk conditions, wet surfaces, potholes, etc. In Pennsylvania, premises liability (or liability to a landowner for certain torts or negligence that occur on their property) is dependent upon whether the person on the premises is an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. When you are a business visitor or a member of the public on land that is open to the public, you are an invitee, and you are owed the highest duty by the landowner. The landowner is liable for any harm to you as an invitee if they knew or would have known about the dangerous condition that led to your injury (if they had exercised reasonable care).
When you are on someone else’s property—whether it belongs to the local government, a business owner, or an individual—you have a right to expect reasonable standards of care. If you have fallen and been injured, you have may have a right to seek compensation for someone else’s negligence, but it is important to take several steps immediately after to protect your safety and your right to bring a claim:
Ensure that the property owner is put on notice of your injury, and ask for a copy of the accident report.
Limit What You Say
Immediately after an accident, sometimes the inclination is to assure everyone that you are fine. Instead, try to avoid excessive discussions about the accident.
Take photos. It is important to document any conditions that gave rise to the accident, as well as the date and time. Gather contact information for anyone involved and/or witnesses.
Seek Medical Attention
Addressing any injuries you may have obtained is a priority. Ensure that you keep any and all records of the resulting injuries and medical expenses.
Place everything that you were wearing aside for storage, as it may serve as important evidence if you need to bring a claim for your injuries.
Premises Liability Claims in Pennsylvania
If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a property owner’s failure to take reasonable care of their premises, our experienced attorneys at Solnick & Associates LLC can help. It is important to consult with attorneys experienced with premises liability because these claims can be complex, and property owners can assert defenses concerning the responsibility of the person who is injured, such as accusing the injured of having previous knowledge of the dangerous condition. Time is of the essence; the statute of limitations to bring your claim is two years. To learn more about your rights, contact our Jenkintown, Pennsylvania offices.