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Slip and fall accidents are among the most common types of premises liability claims. Unfortunately, slip and fall cases are also some of the toughest premises liability cases to litigate.
Have you been injured as a result of a slip and fall accident on a residential or commercial property? Were you injured due to a property owner’s negligence? If your slip and fall injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, you may have a slip and fall injury claim against the party who owns or is responsible for maintaining the property. You may want legal assistance from a slip and fall accident lawyer to help you win your case.
What Is a Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents, also referred to as trip and fall accidents, are premises liability claims that occur on someone else’s property and involve an injury. The victim of a slip and fall injury may be able to recover monetary compensation from the premises owner.
What is the property owner’s duty to protect you? Premises liability refers to a property owner’s responsibility to safeguard you from slip and fall accidents or other types of dangerous property incidents. Landlords, property owners and people who are responsible for maintaining a property could be liable for an injury caused by a hazardous property condition.
Slip and fall accidents can occur on just about any property owned by someone else, such as a grocery store, the mall, a parking lot, a restaurant, a movie theater or a neighbor’s property. No matter where your accident happens, you should determine the exact cause of the incident. Common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
Tripping and falling.
Slippery or wet floors.
Parking lot potholes.
Uneven or icy sidewalks.
Building code violations.
Hazards in the workplace.
Unfenced swimming pools.
Missing or defective handrails.
Dangerous or narrow stairways.
Merchandise dropping from shelves.
Uneven or deteriorated driveways, road surfaces or parking lots.
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries, particularly for older adults or those who are already suffering from other serious medical conditions. Common injuries sustained as a result of a slip and fall accident may include:
These accidents and injuries are ultimately preventable. A site manager or property owner can prevent these slip and fall injuries with vigilance and proper precautions, but negligence continues to harm customers every day.
What Damages Can You Recover From a Slip and Fall Injury Case?
According to the law, a property owner must take reasonable care to make a property as safe for visitors as possible. After you or a loved one suffers a slip and fall injury, you may deal with far-reaching effects. An experienced slip and fall accident attorney can help you recover compensation for the following costs:
Pain and suffering.
Exorbitant medical bills.
Lost future income.
Physical therapy or rehabilitation costs.
Ambulance transport costs.
If a slip and fall accident results in the death of your loved one, you may have a viable wrongful death lawsuit, enabling you to recover compensation accordingly, such as funeral expenses and lost future income.
What Is the Statute of Limitations for Slip and Fall Injury Claims?
You have two years after the date of you or your loved one’s injury to file a slip and fall injury lawsuit in Pennsylvania. If you do not file your claim within two years, the defendant’s attorney will file paperwork with the court, and a judge will likely dismiss your case. Because of this time limit on your slip and fall injury claim, it is essential to speak with an attorney soon after you are injured on another person’s property.
Steps to Follow After Being Injured in a Slip and Fall Incident
Even a seemingly minor slip and fall accident can cause a catastrophic injury. Follow these steps if you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a slip and fall accident to protect your claim and maximize your compensation:
Report the slip and fall accident: Report the slip and fall accident as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances, you should report the accident to a manager, property owner or the police.
Make sure documentation about the accident is created: Ensure that whoever you need to report the accident to creates documentation about the incident.
Take pictures: If possible, take photos of the hazard that caused your slip and fall accident. You may also want to take pictures of the surrounding environment and your injuries resulting from the incident.
Find witnesses: Find any witnesses to your accident. Obtain witnesses’ contact information, such as names and phone numbers, so you can get a statement from them about what they saw during the incident.
Seek medical attention: Seek medical attention as soon as possible after you suffer a slip and fall injury. In a serious emergency, call an ambulance. Otherwise, visit your doctor as soon as you can. If you delay seeking medical attention, this could negatively impact your case, as the defendant and his or her insurance company may interpret this as your injury being less severe than you claim.
Receive ongoing medical treatment: Continue receiving medical treatment for your injury and being evaluated by a medical professional as needed.
Consult an experienced slip and fall accident lawyer: As for any premises liability claim, a slip and fall accident attorney should investigate the circumstances of your accident and determine the party who may be liable for your slip and fall injuries. An attorney can advise you on your rights and fight against an insurance company that wants to limit liability for your injury.
Receive Legal Support From a Slip and Fall Attorney at KBG Injury Law
After a slip and fall accident, time is of the essence. A property owner’s insurance company is already working to minimize your claim and protect the property owner’s interests. When you receive legal support from a slip and fall attorney at KBG Injury Law, you will have an advocate who stands up for you against the insurance company.
Have you or a loved one been involved in a slip and fall accident? Contact a slip and fall lawyer at KBG Injury Law to discuss your potential case and get the results you deserve.
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