The term “slip and fall” might not call to mind serious injuries, but it is actually a leading cause of brain and spinal trauma, broken bones, and other major medical damage. If you suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident, you might be wondering:
- How will I pay my medical bills?
- How will I pay my other bills if I have to miss work?
- What if I cannot return to work for an extended period of time?
- How do I know if someone else was responsible?
- Can I make them pay for my injuries?
- Will I need to take them to court?
- Should I hire a lawyer?
- Where can I find the best slip and fall accident lawyer in Bensalem?
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our skilled lawyers specialize in winning damages for accident victims. We can help you understand what your rights are and how to pursue them. We can take all the burden of fighting your case off your shoulders so you can focus on recovering and getting your life back on track.
If you need help after a slip and fall injury, call us today. We can set up a free consultation for you to meet with one of our lawyers face to face. We answer all your questions, look at your situation, and figure out the best way to proceed. Call 215-642-2335 today for a consultation.
What causes a slip and fall accident?
There are many causes of slip and fall accidents. Though it might not be obvious at first, someone else could be responsible for yours. Our attorneys look at every detail of your accident to determine exactly what happened and what all the contributing factors were. This lets us identify all parties who might have been responsible and start gathering evidence to prove their liability.
Some common causes of slip and fall accidents include:
- Wet floors;
- Potholes or uneven payment;
- Loose or missing stairs;
- Missing handrails;
- Unmarked obstacles; and
- Poor or nonexistent lighting.
There could be any number of other factors at play in your slip and fall accident. We will know how to pursue your case and who might be responsible once we sit down and go over the details. Contact us today to speak with one of our attorneys.
Who can I hold responsible for my injuries?
By state law, property owners and managers must keep their grounds reasonably safe and free from hazards that might injure visitors and invited guests. They also must give clear warning of any existing hazard.
There is, however, a lot of ambiguous language in the law. Not to mention, the two sides of the story—yours and the property owner's—usually vary considerably. That is why you need one of our skilled and experienced slip and fall accident lawyers to fight your case.
We gather evidence to prove the property owner or manager had a responsibility to you and that they did not live up to that responsibility. After reviewing the details of your case, we can anticipate and be ready for any argument they make to the contrary.
What if I was partially at fault for my fall?
In certain cases in Pennsylvania, the property owner or manager might be able to argue they are exempt from any responsibility of care.
Trespassers or Unauthorized Guests
If the property owner can show you were a trespasser or not authorized to be on the property, our case becomes more challenging. That is because Pennsylvania does not impose a duty of care on property owners for trespassers, but there are exceptions and gray areas.
For instance, if your underage child suffered an injury on someone's property, we might be able to go after the property owner even if your child was not an invited guest. If the property featured an “attractive nuisance”—something that is dangerous but potentially enticing to a child, such as a swimming pool or trampoline—the owner has a responsibility to keep it from being accessible to children.
Horseplay or Intoxication
Another challenge is if the property owner argues that you contributed to your own injuries through reckless behavior. If you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs or engaged in horseplay when your injury occurred, the property owner may claim they are not responsible for your accident. They can escape responsibility by showing your behavior or level of intoxication was the primary factor in causing your fall. We have several ways to counter such claims depending on the circumstances of your accident.
What role does negligence play in a slip and fall accident?
Negligence will play an important role as we collect evidence to prove your claim. We will prove that the property owner’s reckless or careless actions directly caused your fall and the resulting injuries by showing the four aspects of negligence were present in your case.
Property Owner's Responsibility
We first have to establish that the property owner had a responsibility to you. This means you were an invited guest and not a trespasser. In some cases, this is easy, since customers in a store open to the public fall under this category. In other cases— such as those where an injury occurred at someone's residence—we must gather evidence to prove you had a right to be there.
Breach of Responsibility
Next, we have to demonstrate that the property owner breached their responsibility to you. This means a hazard existed and the property owner knew about it. It also suggests they failed to take the necessary steps to fix the problem or warn you of its existence.
Cause of Injury
Then, we must establish a causal link between the hazard and your injury. We do this by gathering eyewitness statements, medical evidence, and, if available, photo and video evidence of your fall.
Finally, we link your injury to actual damages. We seek compensation for everything—medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, punitive damages, and more. We fight relentlessly for any compensation you deserve.
Call Cordisco & Saile LLC today for slip and fall accident help.
The experienced attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC are waiting to get started on your case. We have the knowledge and resources to fight for you and win. Call 215-642-2335 today for a free consultation.