Slip and fall accidents are more common than you may think — in fact, around 17,000 people in the United States are involved in fatal slip and fall accidents. These kinds of accidents especially affect people age 65 nd up, as well as children and employees. So if you have been involved in a slip and fall accident and have suffered an injury because of it, you are not alone.
Injuries from slip and fall accidents can be very painful and long lasting. In many cases, these types of accidents and their resulting injuries are not your fault. If your slip and fall accident was caused by a slippery floor, a cluttered hall or staircase, or an icy sidewalk or parking lot, your fall was most likely caused because of someone else’s negligence. Because of premises liability laws, the owner of a building, lot, or walkway is responsible for making sure that the area is safe. If someone else’s negligence caused your accident and your injuries, they can be held responsible for your injuries.
In this case, you should get in touch with a Philadelphia slip and fall attorney as soon as possible. Even if the owner of the business or public area where you fell is willing to admit that they were negligent, they may try to settle with you and give you less money to compensate for your injuries than you deserve. Our slip and fall lawyers will make sure that you receive the full amount that you are owed to cover your medical costs because of someone else’s negligence.
Slip and fall accidents can be caused by any number of things. It often occurs in restaurants and grocery stores because of spilled food or liquid. It can also happen when cleaning liquids such as soap or wax are not properly cleared off the floor. Other causes of slip and fall accidents include inclement weather like ice or rain on the sidewalk or tracked inside a building, or cluttered hallways or staircases that create tripping hazards. In all of these circumstances, the owner of the property should have made sure that spills or other liquids were cleaned up quickly, that no bad weather was allowed to remain on the floor, and that there is no clutter or tripping hazards left in walkways or stairwells. This is to ensure the safety of the public and of any employees who use the space as well.
A skilled lawyer will be able to help determine who was responsible for your injuries from your slip and fall accident. In retail stores or restaurants, the property owner should have ensured that the flooring and other walkways were safe to use. In parking lots, the owner of the parking lot is responsible, and in some cases like on public sidewalks or in parks, the municipal government can be held responsible for your injuries if they failed to keep the areas safe.
So when a business owner or property owner does not ensure that their areas are safe to use, if you slip and fall on their property, they are to blame for your injuries. However, their insurance company may try to pressure them into offering you a lower settlement than you deserve to cover your medical costs. Treating injuries can be extremely expensive when you consider the high costs of hospital rooms, emergency room trips, surgery, medications, and any continued care like physical therapy. You need to make sure that you are not offered less than you deserve so that you do not have to bear the financial burden of treating injuries that were not your fault.
The best way to protect yourself against an unfair settlement is to contact a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer right away after your injury. Our attorneys know what your rights are and will fight to protect them. We will make sure that all of your medical costs are covered and will seek to make sure that any wages you lost by not being able to work because of your accident are covered as well. By having an experienced attorney on your side, you will not have to worry about missing your claim deadline or being taken advantage of by the property owner or their insurance representatives. We will also assist you with your case in court if necessary. Call our offices today to speak to an experienced slip and fall attorney about your case.