According to the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, falls are the number 1 cause of unintentional injury resulting in 11,324,000 emergency room visits in the United States. Slip and fall injuries, which can occur due to slippery floors, poor lighting, or other factors, account for roughly 1 million of these visits, or about 12.5%. Sadly, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that, in addition to a huge number of serious injuries, accidental falls also caused nearly 32,000 deaths in 2014 alone.
Usually, slip and fall injuries are no accident. They are caused by dangerous property conditions such as wet floors, broken sidewalk and icy parking lots.
If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall due to a defective condition of the property in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages may be available. You should speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to preserve your right to bring a personal injury claim or wrongful death lawsuit. For a free and confidential legal consultation, contact the Wieand Law Firm at 1(800) 481-5026.
Types of Slip and Fall Cases Our Personal Injury Law Firm Handles in PA and NJ
The Wieand Law Firm handles slip and fall claims that occur when someone is hurt or wrongfully killed due to a hazardous property. Trip and fall injuries are very common, because they can happen anywhere – usually when you least expect it. We represent slip and fall victims who were injured as a result of property hazards such as:
- Defective stairs and railings. Fall injuries can result in or because of defective stairwells if they:
- Are poorly lit
- Are slippery
- Have loose or defective handrails, railings, or banisters
- Lack handrails, railings, or banisters
- Hazardous conditions of the workplace. Whether you work in an office building, a warehouse, at a construction site, or any other type of work environment, common hazards such as broken flooring, unsecured cables, wobbly railings, defective equipment, and slippery spots can lead to preventable falls.
- Icy sidewalks and broken sidewalks. Falls often occur due to defective conditions of the street or sidewalk, such as:
- Broken or crumbling pavement
- Potholes in the sidewalk or street
- Unsalted ice
- Raised or uneven pavement
- Slush and snow that hasn’t been removed in a timely manner
- Wet floors, leaks, and puddles. Leaks and spills, such as leaks caused by broken containers in grocery stores, must be cleaned up or cordoned off promptly. Likewise, freshly mopped or waxed floors should be indicated by warning signs.
- Defective streets and crosswalks
These and other hazards can exist on or at virtually any type or property, regardless of whether the property is indoors, outdoors, owned by a single individual, owned by a private company, or owned by a government entity. In most cases, the property owner’s insurance will cover claims for personal injury.
Examples of locations and properties where people frequently become injured in falls include:
- Apartment Complexes
- Auto Dealerships
- Bars and Restaurants
- Concert Venues
- Convenience Stores
- Department Stores
- Fast Food Franchises
- Food Courts
- Grocery Stores
- Hotels and Motels
- Movie Theatres
- Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums
- Parking Garages
- Parking Lots
- Recreational Centers
- Retail Outlets
- Shopping Malls
- Sports Arenas
- Tourist Attractions
- Work Sites
If you were recently injured after falling on another person’s property, and you believe that the cause of your fall was a hazard, flaw, or defect on the property, it is critical that you contact an attorney right away. The sooner your attorney begins collecting, preserving, and analyzing the evidence, the greater your likelihood prevailing in a claim. Some key steps in the investigative process include:
- Taking photographs of the Defective Condition
- Interviewing witnesses
- Preserving video surveillance
- Collecting other key evidence before it is lost or destroyed.
How Much Compensation is My Slip and Fall Case Worth?
The amount of compensation awarded varies greatly from case to case. It will depend on the extent of the negligence of the defendant, as well as harms and losses you incurred as a result of your fall.
Slip and fall injuries can simultaneously reduce your quality of life, burden you with heavy medical expenses, and make it difficult or impossible for you to continue earning income at the level you were accustomed to before the incident occurred. However, if your injury occurred because of another party’s negligence, that party may be liable for your damages, including:
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Lost Wages and Income
- Past, Present and Future Medical Bills
- Pain and Suffering
- Punitive Damages
We will work diligently on your behalf in an effort to see that you are fully and fairly compensated for the harm caused. We will protect you from unknowingly accepting a low-ball settlement offer that fails to appropriately address your long-term care expenses. If an acceptable settlement offer is not made, we will not hesitate to try your case in front of a jury.
What Types of Slip and Fall Injury Cases do You Handle?
The Wieand Law Firm handles cases that cause serious harm or permanent injury. Some examples of injuries we represent clients for include:
- Ankle Fracture
- Spinal Cord Injuries / Herniated Discs
- Broken Bones
- Cuts and Lacerations and Bruising
- Hand and Wrist Injuries
- Internal Bleeding
- Knee Injuries
- Neck and Back Sprain and Strain Injury
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Torn Ligaments
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Wrist Injuries
Although trip and fall cases are frequently trivialized, we know that the pain and suffering endured by victims is real. We understand the problems caused by unexpected medical expenses, and consider the limitations the injury may have on your work or daily activities. When you are represented by our personal injury law firm in Philadelphia, you can rest assured that we will work diligently, aggressively, and strategically to pursue the compensation to which you are entitled.
When Are Property Owners Liable for Injuries to Tenants, Customers, or Visitors?
Generally, a property owner or possessor is responsible for keeping his or her property in reasonably safe condition. This duty includes making timely and reasonable efforts to keep the premises free of any hazardous conditions which might cause injury to guests, residents, visitors, invitees, shoppers, diners, customers, patrons, and members of the general public who are on the property lawfully. If someone is negligent in maintaining their property, and you get hurt because of the unsafe condition, the property owner may be held responsible for the harm caused to the victim.
Further, if a property owner has notice of a dangerous condition on their premises, he or she owes a legal duty not only to cure the hazard, but to warn persons who are legally on the property of the condition. Common warnings may use include:
- Caution Signs
- Verbal Warnings
- Wet Floor Signs
- Written Notices
In some cases, notice of the danger may also require business owners to barricade the hazard – for instance, constructing a fence around a hole in the ground – or to take other reasonable precautions that are necessary to make the premises safe.
What Do You Need to Prove in a Negligence Case?
Property owners and business operators almost always insist that when someone falls on the premises, it was because they were “not looking they were walking.” However, the truth is usually the opposite. Most slip and fall injuries are preventable, and occur because the area was negligently maintained, poorly designed, or both. In fact, slip and fall cases are the most common type of case in premises liability, the area of personal injury law that deals with danger caused by property hazards.
Another common defense property owners often attempt to use is that the defective condition of the property was “open and obvious.” If true, the defendant may avoid liability under the theory that the victim should have seen and avoided the danger. However, frequently, the defective conditions is not open and obvious, despite claims to the contrary. People seldom notice dangers such as wet floors or broken sidewalks until its late to avoid being injured.
Philadelphia Slip and Fall Attorney Handling Premises Liability Claims
Based in Philadelphia, the Wieand Law Firm aggressively represents injured people throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We have handled hundreds of claims for client’s who’s lives have been turned upside down through no fault of their own.
To us, your case is not just another easy settlement – it’s personal. If we represent you, we will immediately begin preparing your case for trial while working to negotiate a settlement to fairly compensate you.
For a free and confidential legal consultation about your personal injury claim, speak with an attorney at the Wieand Law Firm at 1(800) 481-5206.
*Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes. It is not legal advice and should not be used as legal advice. The Wieand Law Firm, LLC is based in Philadelphia, PA, and proud to serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.*