After falling on someone else’s property, you may be tempted to shrug off your injuries, showing the property owner that you were not seriously hurt, especially if the property owner is a family member or friend. You may be trying to spare yourself and the property owner’s embarrassment about what happened.
However, in the day or two after the fall, you realize that you are in significant pain, leaving you with a reduced ability to enjoy your day to day tasks or work. If this happened to you, you should immediately visit a doctor to have your injuries diagnosed.
You then have the opportunity to hire a slip and fall attorney in Allentown, who can work diligently on your behalf to help you receive the fairest possible settlement in your case. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our team is ready to defend your right to seek damages. We sympathize with your situation, and we want to help. Call our office at (215) 642-2335 today for a free consultation.
Determining Who Is at Fault
After you have slipped and fallen in someone’s home or on a sidewalk in front of a business, you may be feeling a sense of embarrassment. You might feel like you did something wrong to cause yourself to slip, or you may believe you are just a clumsy person.
However, you should not feel embarrassed about falling. In fact, there is a reasonable chance that you did not do anything wrong, and the property owner did not care for their property in the safest way, creating a dangerous situation that caused you to lose your balance and suffer an injury.
Meeting the Duty of Care
In the state of Pennsylvania, property owners are required by law to keep the property in a condition that ensures the safety of guests and visitors. You do not have to be invited onto the person’s property to receive this duty of care protection, as long as you are on an area of the property that is normally accessible by the public.
Some of the ways a property owner must protect others who are visiting the property include:
- Making repairs to sidewalks
- Making repairs to handrails
- Making repairs to fences
- Not leaving hazards in walking paths
- Providing warnings of areas that are unsafe
- Maintaining safety lighting in working order
- Removing ice and snow from walking paths
The law says property owners must take every possible step to try to repair their property in a timely manner. Property owners are expected to know about dangerous spaces on their grounds within a reasonable amount of time after the danger appears.
Finding Help With Your Case
After suffering injuries when falling on someone else’s property, you may be feeling some confusion. You may receive a telephone call from the insurance company representing the property owner, and the insurance adjuster may claim to be on your side, trying to help you resolve the case quickly.
However, a fast settlement is not always a fair settlement for you. If your injuries are lingering, you may not have a full picture of your long-term health outlook quite yet. It is usually in your best interest to delay agreeing to any settlement until you have a complete and clear picture of your injuries and how they will affect you going forward.
A slip and fall attorney in Allentown can help you do this. We will study the facts of your case and speak with your doctors in an attempt to determine a fair settlement amount. Unlike the insurance company, we actually will work on your side and with you throughout the process. Call Cordisco & Saile LLC for a free case review at (215) 642-2335 today.
Proving Negligence in a Slip and Fall Claim
To receive a fair settlement in your slip and fall injury accident claim, you must be able to show that the property owner behaved in a negligent manner, and this negligence resulted in your fall.
Negligence does not have to mean that the other party caused the accident on purpose, although it can be a purposeful act. More often, the negligence becomes apparent when you and your attorney can show that if the property owner had taken a different course of action, they could have prevented the accident.
Counteracting the Insurer’s Arguments
In some slip and fall cases, the insurance company representing the negligent party may argue that your own negligence contributed to the accident, meaning your actions played a role in your injuries. If this occurs, the insurer may be able to argue that you deserve a smaller settlement or no settlement at all.
You and your attorney can use the facts in the case, such as photographs or videos of the scene, to show that you did not do anything wrong. Your attorney can also use police reports, interviews with witnesses, and reports from your doctors to show that the property owner was completely at fault for your slip and fall.
Do Not Feel Like You Have to Handle This Situation Alone
When you have suffered an injury that leaves you unable to work or in a great deal of pain, it can feel like you are all alone. Between going to doctor’s appointments, dealing with insurance companies, and missing time spent with family members, friends, and co-workers, you can feel isolated as you try to recover from your injuries.
The team at Cordisco & Saile LLC will be ready to stand by your side in your case, seeking to help you receive the judgment and settlement you deserve. By letting us handle negotiations with the insurance company for the negligent party, you will have more time to focus on your recovery and on the other aspects of your life.
As a slip and fall attorney in Allentown, we, unfortunately, have seen just how devastating these types of accidents can be for the victims. After a fall, it is possible that your injuries may never recover fully, leaving you with health issues that linger. Call us at (215) 642-2335 for a case review.