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Need the Best Slip and Fall Lawyer ?
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Talk to an attorney! When dealing with legal matters, it makes sense to ask a professional. With so many rules and formalities, an experienced personal injury lawyer, familiar with the ins and outs of personal injury claims, can streamline the complex claims process for you.

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Premise liability is the legal responsibility of property owners to ensure their properties are safe and free from dangerous conditions.

However, in order for premises owners to be held responsible for a Slip/Trip and Fall Injury, negligence is key.

  • Did they know about the dangerous condition and ignore it?
  • Were they notified of a hazard and fail to correct it?
  • Did they cause the dangerous condition by failing to keep premises up to code?

If the answer to one or more of the questions above is “yes,” the injured party may be able to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and possibly even pain and suffering caused by the incident.

Need the Best Slip and Fall Lawyer ?
We’re Here to Help You.

 

 

Talk to an attorney! When dealing with legal matters, it makes sense to ask a professional. With so many rules and formalities, an experienced personal injury lawyer, familiar with the ins and outs of personal injury claims, can streamline the complex claims process for you.

However, in order for premises owners to be held responsible for a slip/trip and fall injury, negligence is key.

 

  • Did they know about the dangerous condition and ignore it?
  • Were they notified of a hazard and fail to correct it?
  • Did they cause the dangerous condition by failing to keep premises up to code?

 

If the answer to one or more of the questions above is “yes,” the injured party may be able to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and possibly even pain and suffering caused by the incident.

I just Slipped and Fell. What Should I do next ?

Take photos of everything. The cause of your fall. Your injuries. Your surroundings. Ice and snow melt. Spills can be cleaned. Potholes can be filled, etc. Documenting the site of the accident at the time of the accident can serve as crucial evidence should you proceed in filing a claim.

Report the accident. If you’re at a friend’s house, make sure your friend/homeowner/landlord is aware. If you’re in or around a store, leave a written report with the manager/owner and ask for a copy before leaving.


Seek treatment
for your injuries. Your health and the health of your loved ones are number one priority. Make sure you go to the hospital as soon as possible after your incident to have your injuries checked out. What may seem like “not a big deal” at the time could become a big deal if not properly treated right away. It’s also helpful to have medical records of your injuries, as injuries can change over time.

Watch what to do when involved in a Slip and Fall accident at work

What if an incident happens on a public street?

Again Negligence comes into play. In the case of a slip/trip and fall on a public street–a city is only liable for injuries if there is negligence. This means that you need to prove that the city had known or should have known about the unsafe condition causing your injuries.

However, municipalities typically are not responsible for clearing snow/ice from sidewalks. They are usually only responsible for ice/snow in front of public buildings or public areas.

Case Example

For example, Bob slips and falls on ice on the sidewalk in front of a restaurant, spraining his ankle. It is the premise owner’s responsibility to maintain reasonably safe conditions outside of the restaurant. Thus, liability would fall on the owner of the restaurant property.

But let’s say Bob slips on ice in front of City Hall and falls, spraining his ankle. In this case,you must prove that the city had known about the ice for a reasonable amount of time without clearing the ice in that time in order to prove the city had been negligent.

Time Matters

Another important factor to be aware of is the deadline for filing a claim against the city. The deadlines can vary from state to state, but most provide a very narrow timeframe following the accident to file a claim. In the city of Philadelphia, you only have 6 months to file a notice of your claim.

It’s extremely important to take this first step carefully–making sure to file your claim with the correct entity. If you don’t send the right papers to the right office at the right time, you could be barred from making a claim for your injuries.