PHILADELPHIA SLIP AND FALL LAWYER
Our Philadelphia slip and fall lawyers understand that falls are consistently the leading cause of injury producing accidents. They account for more than 1 million injuries each year in the United States. Slip and fall accidents fall under the legal category known as premises liability. When property owners fail to keep their building, parking lots and walkways safe and secure, they create a risk of injury.
A slip and fall includes falls as a result of water, ice or snow, as well as abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, or a hidden hazard, such as a gap or hard to see hole in the ground. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that in 2004, more than 8 million people were injured in falls.
There is no precise way to determine when someone else is legally responsible for your injuries if you slip and fall. Each case depends on whether the property owner acted carefully so that slipping and falling was not likely to happen, and whether you were careless in not seeing or avoiding the condition that caused your fall.
In most cases, a person injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property must prove that the cause of the accident was a dangerous condition, and that the owner or possessor of the property knew of the dangerous condition. In order to establish that a property owner of possessor knew of a dangerous condition, it must be shown that:
- The owner/possessor created the condition.
- The owner/possessor knew the condition existed and negligently failed to correct it.
- The condition existed for such a length of time that the owner/possessor should have discovered and corrected it prior to the slip and fall incident in question.
Slip and fall accidents can be very complex. A thorough understanding of the ever-changing and fact-specific laws regarding the various and numerous incidents that result in injuries due to slip and fall is essential to successful legal representation.
Our slip and fall attorneys seek maximum compensation for damages and injuries sustained by our clients. They’ve represented people who have slipped, tripped and fell because of:
- Defective Concrete or Sidewalks
- Defective Steps or Railings
- Neglected Streets
- Negligent Maintenance
- Obstructions in Walkways
- Poorly Lit Stairwells
- Poorly Trained or Negligent Employees
- Torn or Damaged Flooring
- Slippery Floors
- Structural Defects
- Unmarked Hazards
Our Philadelphia office offers free consultations and work on a contingency basis – that means our attorneys work diligently to obtain the best results possible: maximum compensation for our clients, who pay us nothing unless we succeed.