Slip and fall accidents are one of the more common types of personal injury accidents, mainly because they can happen anytime, anywhere. When a property is not properly maintained, it can quickly become an unsafe environment. Unnecessary clutter, dangerously exposed electrical cords, wet or slippery floors, uneven pavements or flooring or broken or missing handrails can cause injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to broken limbs, head and back injuries and more serious internal injuries. In extreme cases, a slip and fall accident can be fatal. While seeking medical attention for your injuries is a priority, it is crucial to contact an experienced Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer who can help determine liability, conduct a thorough investigation of the case and protect your legal rights.
Slip and fall accidents can be avoided if a property owner takes the necessary steps to maintain their property and fix anything that may create a hazardous environment. In fact, both private homeowners and business owners are legally responsible for making the appropriate repairs and/or removing any potentially dangerous material from the property. Property owners should also provide ample warning about the unsafe condition while the repairs are scheduled.
From a legal perspective, slip and fall cases can be extremely complex. Determining liability is not always cut and dry. If you suffered an injury on someone else’s property, one of three things must be true:
- The property owner must have caused the area of the premises to be slippery or dangerous.
- The property owner must have been aware of the unsafe environment and did nothing to repair it.
- The property owner should have known about the dangerous environment because a “reasonable” person responsible for a property would have been aware of the issue and repaired it.
Since determining whether a person “should have known” something can be quite tricky, liability is often decided by common sense. A judge and jury will determine liability based on whether or not the property owner took the appropriate steps to keep the premises safe.
It is important to consult with a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer as soon as the accident occurs so that property insurance can be assessed. Taking pictures of the accident site will provide valuable evidence that will help build your case. Oftentimes, insurance companies are quick to place the blame for the accident on you, even if you are not responsible. Some insurance companies will take a recorded statement and then pick apart your version in an attempt to show that you are at fault, or that your injuries are not as serious as they are. In addition, they may try to get you to admit that you were not paying attention to where you were going, or that you were distracted.
You are not legally obligated to “prove” to an insurance adjuster that you were careful, but the more clear and detailed your description of the accident is, the better the adjuster will understand that you were not careless.
Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyers at Geoffrey B. Gompers & Associates Defend Victims of Slip and Fall Accidents
If you or a loved on has been injured on someone else’s property, it is imperative that you contact a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer at Geoffrey B. Gompers & Associates as soon as possible. There are a wide range of complex legal issues that must be address in a slip and fall case, and our team of experienced lawyers can review the details of your case and provide knowledgeable, personalized legal representation. We will make sure that your rights are protected and that you receive that maximum compensation that you deserve.
Our offices is conveniently located in Center City, Philadelphia and Voorhees, New Jersey and we serve clients throughout Southeast Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. Call us at 215-567-6600 or 856-663-2566 to set up your free consultation or contact us online.