The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, or fall injury every year. As a result of these falls, over 17,000 people die each year. In other cases, trip and fall accidents result in painful and debilitating injuries. Falls frequently result in broken bones, torn ligaments, herniated discs and serious head trauma that can put you out of work or disrupt usual life activities.
Experienced Personal Injury Law Firm
The Wieand Law Firm, based in Philadelphia, PA, aggressively represents injured people throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We have handled hundreds of claims for people who have suffered debilitating injuries through no fault of their own. Our ultimate goal is to help slip and fall injury victims obtain financial compensation for the harm they have suffered.
For a completely free and confidential legal consultation regarding your personal injury claim, call a premises liability lawyer at the Wieand Law Firm at 1(800) 481-5206.
What Types of Slip / Trip and Fall Cases do You Handle?
Personal injury lawyer, Brent Wieand, handles slip and fall cases that occur when someone is hurt due to the defective condition of another’s property. In general, a landowner owes a duty to persons who use his premises to exercise reasonable care to keep his property in a reasonably safe condition. This duty includes a reasonable effort to keep the premises free of any hazardous conditions which might cause injury to guests.
Slip and Fall accidents can happen anywhere and usually when you least expect it. We frequently represent victims who fell as a result of:
- Wet Floors – Water or liquid on grocery store, shopping center, office building, hotel, public bathroom or sporting event
- Icy sidewalks and broken sidewalks – A defective condition of the street or sidewalk such as broken pavement, holes in the sidewalk/street, icy and snowy conditions, and raised or uneven sidewalk pavement
- Defective stairs – Fall injuries can result because of defective stairwells if they are poorly lit, slippery, lack handrails or have a defective design.
- Hazardous conditions of the workplace
If you are injured as a result of one of these conditions, it is important that you contact the Wieand Law Firm right away. The sooner we can begin collecting, preserving and analyzing the evidence the better. Our investigation may include examining the accident site, interviewing witnesses, preserving video surveillance and collecting other key evidence before it is lost or destroyed.
A Trip and Fall Accident Can Quickly Change Everything
A defective property condition can cause serious injuries to an unsuspecting victim. Some common premises liability injuries include:
- Knee ligament sprains and tears
- Ankle fractures
- Spinal cord injuries to the neck and back
- Concussions and other head injuries
Although slip and fall accidents are frequently trivialized, the Wieand Law Firm knows that the pain and suffering our clients endure is real. We understand the problems caused by unexpected medical expenses and limitations the injury may have on your work or daily activities.
To us, your case is not just another easy settlement. Its personal. Upon representation, we begin preparing your case for trial. This includes carefully analyzing your claim for all recoverable damages, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life’s pleasures
- Non-economic damages, such as current and future medical costs,
- Lost wages
- Loss of earnings capacity, and
- Punitive damages.
We will work diligently on your behalf so that you are compensated for the harm caused. Call the Wieand Law Firm today at 1(800) 481-5206 for a free consultation or send us a message through the website contact form.
Property Owners have a Duty to Keep their Property in Good Repair
Under Pennsylvania law, a property owner or possessor is responsible for keeping his property in a reasonably safe condition. If the owner fails to do so, and his guest, an invitee or member of the public gets hurt because of the unsafe condition, the property owner can be held responsible for the harm caused to the victim.
If a property owner has “actual” or constructive notice of a dangerous condition on their premises he owes a legal duty to warn persons legally on their property of the condition. Common warnings may use include wet floor signs, caution signs, or other written or verbal warnings. However, in some cases, notice of the danger may also require business operators to correct, barricade off or take other reasonable precautions that are necessary to make the premises safe.
Common Defenses to Slip / Trip and Fall Injury Claims
Property owners and business operators almost always insist that when someone falls on their premises it is because they were not looking at where they were walking. The truth is usually just the opposite. Most slip and fall accidents are preventable and occur because the area was negligently maintained or poorly designed.
Another common defense is the defective condition of the property was open and obvious. If a condition is open and obvious a defendant may avoid liability under the theory that the victim should have seen and avoided the danger. However, in most cases, the defective conditions is not open and obvious. To the contrary, the injured victims seldom notice dangers such as a wet floor or broken sidewalk until after the accident occurs.
Trust a Premises Liability Lawyer with Experience
The Wieand Law Firm has a track record of successfully representing clients injured in slip and fall accidents. Founding attorney, Brent Wieand, has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
For a free and friendly no obligation consultation, call Brent Wieand, an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer that works on a contingency fee at 1 (800) 481-5206.