The term “slip and fall” can be misleading. It sounds like a harmless accident—something that might result in mild injury to the ego but not much else. The truth is, though, that simple slips and falls are a leading cause of head injuries, spinal injuries, and other devastating trauma. Something as simple as slipping on a wet supermarket floor can put you in the hospital and leave you with piles of medical bills. You could also miss work or you might suffer limitations in your ability to continue working.
If someone else was responsible for your slip and fall accident, you deserve compensation for any injuries that resulted. A skilled slip and fall accident lawyer in Trevose can help you win a financial settlement to pay for your injuries. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we specialize in helping accident victims get paid. We have a strong track record of success and we can put it to work for you. Call 215-642-2335 today to set up a free consultation to talk with one of our attorneys.
Our attorneys can help you win compensation after a fall.
We can help you pursue compensation no matter the circumstances of your accident. Even if you do not believe someone else was responsible, talk to us about what happened. We might be able to identify potentially responsible parties you had not previously considered.
If any of the following situations describe your accident, we may be able to hold another party responsible for your damages:
- You slipped on a wet floor;
- Your fall happened in a parking lot due to a pothole or uneven pavement;
- You fell on stairs, perhaps because a stair was loose or missing or the handrail failed to protect you;
- An unmarked obstacle caused or contributed to your slip and fall; or
- You slipped and fell because of poor lighting.
We have helped people in all the above situations win compensation for their injuries. Even if your accident had different circumstances, we can conduct a thorough investigation. If there is any way you are eligible for damages, we will find it.
Who is responsible for my slip and fall accident?
Chances are, the responsible party is the person who owns or manages the property where the accident occurred. That is because, by Pennsylvania state law, property owners have a duty of care to visitors and invited guests. They must keep their properties reasonably free from hazards.
If a hazardous situation emerges, such as a pothole or wet floor, the property owner must make arrangements to have it fixed as soon as they learn about it. In the meantime, they have a duty to protect you from the danger. This means physically restricting access to the hazard and providing ample warning of its existence.
When is a property owner not responsible for my injuries?
There are two situations in which an owner or manager might be able to successfully deny responsibility for your injuries that occurred on their property.
You were trespassing or were an uninvited guest.
Pennsylvania law provides property owners ample protection against lawsuits from trespassers. But that does not mean they can deliberately set up traps or try to injure people who enter their property uninvited.
Moreover, any property that features an “attractive nuisance”—an item such as a swimming pool or trampoline that is potentially dangerous but might be enticing—might create a liability situation, particularly if a minor child wanders onto the property and suffers an injury.
You were under the influence of drugs or alcohol or were acting recklessly at the time of your fall.
It would not be fair for a property owner to bear liability for the injuries of a guest who became intoxicated and engaged in a reckless or dangerous act on their premises. Pennsylvania law recognizes this and provides an exemption for these situations.
It is important to note that the two situations above are not always cut and dry. For instance, just because the property owner argues that horseplay caused your injury does not mean a judge or jury will feel the same way after hearing all the details and reviewing the evidence. That is why you should always consult with a skilled slip and fall accident lawyer in Trevose as soon as possible after your injury.
We provide hard evidence of the other party’s negligence.
If another party’s negligence caused your fall, we can hold them responsible for your damages. As your slip and fall accident lawyers, we gather extensive evidence to prove that several facts are true regarding your accident.
The other party had a duty of care to you.
We must establish that you were an invited guest or otherwise had a right to be on the property. If we can do that, then it follows that the property owner or manager had a duty of care to you.
Sometimes, this is easy to do. For instance, if you were shopping in a supermarket open to the public, the store’s property owner owes you a duty of care. Other times, it requires some digging on our part. If you fell on someone else’s private residence, we might have to subpoena communication records that establish you were an invited guest.
The party breached their duty of care.
This involves showing that the other party knew about the hazard that caused your injury and either failed to fix it in a timely manner or failed to adequately protect you from it.
The hazard caused your injuries.
Medical documentation, eyewitness statements, testimony from expert witnesses, and photo and video evidence can establish a causal link between the hazard and your injuries.
Your injuries resulted in damages.
The last step is connecting your injuries to tangible and recoverable damages. We pursue compensation for everything—doctor’s bills, physical therapy, rehabilitation, lost wages, and reduced earning capacity, as well as nontangible costs like pain and suffering and punitive damages.
Call the team at Cordisco & Saile LLC today.
Let the team of skilled attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC put their resources to work for you. We fight relentlessly to win you the maximum compensation for your slip and fall accident. Call 215-642-2335 today for a free consultation.