Property owners and businesses are responsible to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition for the benefit of their visitors, customers, employees, and pedestrians lawfully on the premises. Property owners that fail to keep their property safe may be liable for damages if someone is seriously injured or killed as a result of their negligence.
Attorney Brent Wieand, has significant experience litigating personal injury resulting from slip and fall accidents. In most cases, businesses and private property owners carry liability insurance to cover slip and fall claims. However, the insurance companies goal is usually to blame the victim and try to settle the claim for as little as possible.
Attorney Wieand is dedicated to fighting for the rights of accident victims. He has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer “Rising Star” for three consecutive years. He will stand up to insurance companies and demand maximum compensation for your injuries, as well as payment for other losses such as medical bills, lost wages and loss of earnings capacity.
For a free legal consultation with experienced Delaware County personal injury lawyer, Brent Wieand, call (215) 666-7777. The call if confidential and you will never pay costs or attorney’s fees unless he recovers money for you.
What Type of Slip and Fall Cases do you Handle?
Attorney Wieand is proud to serve residents of Delaware County including the areas of Ardmore, Aston, Boothwyn, Chadds Ford, Chester, Darby, Middletown, Radnor, and Haverford, PA. Put your trust in an experienced trial lawyer who has successfully handled a large variety of trip / slip and fall cases over the years. Brent represents people who have:
- Slipped and fell on wet floors or slippery surfaces;
- Slipped and fell in the grocery store;
- Tripped and fell on raised sidewalk;
- Tripped and fell on broken sidewalk;
- Tripped and fell on a hole in the sidewalk;
- Fell on a defective stairway;
- Slipped and fell on ice;
- Fell at a nursing home or assisted living facility.
To recover compensation, you will need to prove that you fell due to someone else’s negligence and suffered an injury as a result. Although this may seem simple, there are many legal traps and pitfalls which can destroy your case if you are not careful. Attorney Wieand is well versed in premises liability law and can help you avoid these obstacles and guide you through the litigation process.
Let us handle the legal work so you can concentrate on healing.
Who will Pay my Medical Bills after a Trip and Fall Accident?
Personal injury lawyers can help you determine who should pay your medical bills after a slip and fall injury. If you incur accident-related medical bills they become part of your claim. For example, if you pay medical bills out of pocket or if you have outstanding medical bills these are economic damages for which you can seek compensation from the tortfeasor.
In many cases homeowners and businesses carry liability insurance, known as med pay, which is responsible for paying medical bills incurred by a third party if the person is injured due to the property owners negligence. It is common for homeowners to carry $5,000 – $10,000 of med pay coverage.
Sometimes your medical bills will be paid by health insurance, workers compensation or through a government program such as Medicare or Medicaid. When a health insurer pays for accident-related medical treatment it may assert a lien on your personal injury case through a process known as subrogation. Health insurance liens are economic damages for which you can seek payment from the defendant at trial.
5 Pieces of Evidence to Gather for Slip and Fall Claims
A slip and fall lawyer Delaware County trusts can help you seek compensation for an injury caused by someone else’s negligence. The National Safety Council reports that slip and fall incidents result in nearly 9 million emergency room visits each year. In many of these cases, the property owner or manager has liability due to a safety hazard on the property where the fall occurred. While some of these injuries are minor, serious injuries do occur. A slip and fall lawyer Delaware County depends upon can help you file a claim for your injuries.
Many people assume that they are unable to sue because they blame their fall on themselves for “not being careful enough.” However, it’s important to recognize that a third party may be responsible for your injuries. If a safety hazard or defect in a property caused your fall, you may have recourse to file a claim.
Gather and preserve evidence the following pieces of evidence you may need if you decide to file a claim for your injuries.
1. Record/Photograph the Accident Scene
It is important to take pictures or videos immediately after the accident, if you are physically able to do so. If your injuries are too severe to stand up, you may be able to ask another person to assist you to get the footage you need. Most people have smart phones that can be used to video record the surroundings of the accident. Photos can show hazardous situations that resulted in your fall, such as:
- Missing or broken handrails
- Failure to post caution or warning signs
- Spills of liquids or fluids that caused your fall
- Uneven or broken pavement
- Lack of proper lighting
You could also record a brief personal statement of what occurred while it is fresh in your mind. A slip and fall lawyer Delaware County knows can review these photographs and videos as part of the evidence of your claim.
2. Seek Out Eyewitness Statements
Eyewitness statements can be helpful testimony in your slip and fall claim. Often, the most impartial statements are from random bystanders who saw the accident occur. Oppositely, employees of the property where your injury occurred may not be fully honest. Often, they fear repercussions for speaking out against a dangerous condition, or they try to hide their role creating a dangerous slip and fall hazard.
3. Obtain Store Security Video
A slip and fall lawyer Delaware County depends upon frequently uses security system footage as evidence in slip and fall claims. He recommends taking a picture of any security cameras that you see at the accident scene. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident; the lawyer can send a letter that requires the owner to preserve the security camera video and provide a copy to your attorney.
4. Get Copies of Medical and Police Records
Request copies of reports from officials and professionals that responded to the accident or provided follow-up care. If your injury was severe enough for 911 to be contacted, a police report should be available with the details observed by the responding officers. Medical records, including X-rays and other diagnostic reports, from your physician are also important evidence to have for your claim.
5. Additional Evidence
A seasoned slip and fall lawyer may seek out additional evidence based on your unique situation. Evidence might include:
- Records from property safety inspections
- Maintenance records
- Cleaning logs and policies
This is not an exclusive list. A slip and fall attorney can fully evaluate your claim and ascertain the evidence needed to present your case in the best possible light.
Slip and Fall Lawyer Delaware County – Who Should I Call?
Slip and fall cases can be complex and difficult to win. Defendants and their insurance companies often try to blame the plaintiff for being responsible for their own slip and fall. In addition, it can be difficult to gather all the necessary evidence for the claim while you are trying to recover from your injuries.
The Wieand Law Firm, LLC has years of experience representing clients who have been injured in slip and fall accidents. Whether your fall occurred in a retail store, on a Septa line, or in a busy casino, we understand how to obtain the evidence we need to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
Don’t Wait to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
Pennsylvania has a two year statute of limitations on negligence claims. You must settle your case or file a lawsuit within this period or you will lose your right to bring a lawsuit. However, you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to call a personal injury attorney. The sooner your lawyer can begin collecting evidence in support of your claim, the better your chances are of recovering compensation for your injuries.
Attorney Brent Wieand would like to help you recover the money you deserve. So contact him right now for a FREE consultation at (215) 666-7777.
*Disclosure: This information does not constitute legal advice and should not be used as legal advice. Attorney Brent Wieand’s law office is located in Philadelphia, PA. He is proud to serve clients throughout Delaware County, PA.