Have you been injured in a slip and fall accident because of someone else’s carelessness? If you have, you should know that the accident was not your fault. These kinds of injuries occur more often than they should, and they usually happen because someone who is responsible for the safety of a public place was negligent in building or maintaining the area. Luckily, with the assistance of an experienced slip and fall lawyer, you may be able to hold them accountable for your injuries.
Under Pennsylvania law, owners and operators of public places are legally responsible for the safety of those places, for both visitors and employees. This means making sure that walking surfaces are solid and safe, that there are no tripping hazards, and that the surfaces remain clean and not slippery. This also means that if you were hurt in a slip and fall accident because the walking surfaces were not safe, it may be the fault of the owner or operator, and they may be held legally and financially responsible for your injuries.
Types of Slip and Fall Accidents
The most common causes of slip and fall accidents are often very simple and easy to fix. These kinds of accidents can occur if an employee has been cleaning the floor and did not properly remove any floor wax or cleaning products from the floor. You should know that even if it was an employee who made this mistake, under Pennsylvania law, the employer or owner is responsible for the behavior of the employee and thus also responsible for your injuries.
Another frequent cause of slip and fall accidents is when patrons and employees track rain, snow, or sleet into common areas of a building. Again, it is the responsibility of the owners of the area to keep surfaces clean and free of potential hazards. If they fail to keep walking surfaces clean during periods of inclement weather, they will be responsible if you are hurt because you fell on a slippery surface in that area.
Tripping hazards are another common cause of slip and fall or trip and fall accidents. These kinds of accidents are likely to occur in narrow hallways or in staircases that have not been kept free and clear of clutter. It is important that employers or owners keep passageways clean and remove items that do not need to be there, in order to prevent accidents from happening.
Tripping accidents also occur when walking surfaces are uneven. This can happen under many different circumstances: for example, if the sidewalk in a public place is unevenly paved, if a rug or floor has come loose, or if stairs are uneven heights. Even if the uneven surface was the fault of the builder or contractor who built the building or paved the walkway, the owner may still be responsible if he or she knew about the risk (or should have reasonably known about the risk) and failed to take action to make it safe again.
Finally, some kinds of falling accidents can occur at your own workplace, especially if you work in construction or similar industries. Much of this work involves working on equipment at a high height. If the equipment is not properly secured and you fall, you could be seriously hurt. If your employer has not kept equipment maintained and safe, they could be responsible for your injuries.
What To Do About Your Slip and Fall Injury
These accidents can cause serious injuries, even though it may seem like a relatively minor accident. Slipping or tripping and falling can cause broken bones, bruises, sprains, and cuts. If you fell and landed on your head or on your back, you could be facing even more serious injuries like head or spinal trauma. Serious cases can result in permanent disabilities or even death, especially in the very young or the elderly.
Furthermore, these injuries can be expensive to treat. Medical costs are extremely high, even if you have insurance, and these types of injuries can involve surgeries or other medical procedures, physical therapy, or medications. You may be concerned about how you can afford this medical care.
This is when you should contact an experienced Pennsylvania slip and fall attorney. Our attorneys have handled numerous slip and fall cases in Pennsylvania, and we know how to make sure that the responsible party will help cover your medical bills from your slip and fall injuries. We help you gather evidence to prove that the employer or owner was negligent, and we will negotiate with their insurance companies on your behalf to get you the settlement you deserve to cover your injuries. If the company refuses to cooperate, we are not afraid to take them to court and make sure that they are held responsible for the pain they have caused you.
Our lawyers are available to talk to you about your claim and provide a free initial consultation, in our office or even at your home or hospital room if you are too hurt to visit us. Don’t let a slip and fall injury ruin your life. Call an experienced Pennsylvania slip and fall lawyer today to begin assisting you with your claim.