You have a right to expect that the owners of restaurants, retail stores, malls, and any other public building will maintain the property in a safe and secure manner. However, some property owners shirk their responsibilities and fail to inspect their premises. Worse yet, these property owners sometimes fail to warn visitors of potential safety hazards even after they are made aware of the dangers. The unfortunate result of this property owner’s negligence could be a serious slip-and-fall accident.
When a property owner fails to adequately inspect their premises or warn visitors of potential safety hazards, the property owner needs to be held accountable. Profits should never come before the safety of patrons.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to a slip-and-fall accident on someone else’s property, you deserve justice. Since any kind of personal injury can interrupt your life, forcing you to take time off of work, lose pay and rack up medical bills, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer at the Philadelphia Law Office of Craig A. Altman today. We will fight to get you compensated for your medical fees, pain and suffering, and more.
The term “slip and fall” is the informal term for the legal doctrine of “Premises Liability.” Under Pennsylvania law, a property owner has a duty to maintain their premises or property in a safe manner free of unsafe or defective conditions, any safety hazard or dangerous condition.
If a visitor to someone’s property slips, trips, or falls as a result of an unsafe or defective condition or someone else’s negligence, the injured party may seek compensation through a personal injury case. They are entitled under the law to recover money for their injuries.
Property owners have a duty under the law to maintain their premises and keep them free of dangerous conditions to prevent fall victims from suffering a fall injury. Those who can be held liable in a slip-and-fall accident lawsuit include:
The duty of these property owners is two-fold:
Additionally, certain property owners have heightened obligations under premises liability law. Although all property owners have a legal duty to warn visitors of dangers, commercial property owners owe a higher duty than single-family residential property owners. This is because commercial property owners may be held responsible for accidents caused by “natural” conditions such as something weather-related. They may be liable for a dangerous condition such as:
A dangerous condition that can lead to slip and fall injury can occur at either a private property (home), public (owned by the government), or commercial premise (business). Under Pennsylvania’s premises liability law, these property owners must exercise reasonable care to prevent serious injuries to visitors.
Falls typically occur due to and at:
The bottom line is a slip & fall can happen anytime, anywhere. If you fall are the victim of a slip-and-fall accident, after you seek medical attention, you should contact a slip-and-fall attorney for an evaluation of whether or not you are entitled to be compensated for your injuries.
Your personal injury attorney will look at all the facts and circumstances of your case. For example, they will investigate:
*The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman does not offer any guarantee of case results. Past success in litigation does not guarantee success in any new or future lawsuit.
The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman will help you seek monetary compensation for:
Hospital bills can be overwhelming, particularly if your accident caused brain & spinal injuries or other serious injuries. Reimbursement for medical bills is an essential part of recovery in an injury case.
Serious injury to your neck and/or back may require years of medical attention and exhaustive physical therapy.
Recovery for lost wages is essential. In addition, you could be entitled to income continuation.
A personal injury case must be filed within a certain period of time as per PA law. A personal injury lawyer can explain what is called the “statute of limitations” in detail. Basically, the statute of limitations on personal injury cases in Pennsylvania is two years from the date of your injury.
After this time has passed, you may be barred forever from bringing a claim. Additionally, your insurance company might require you to provide a statement within 30 days of the accident. Our Pennsylvania personal injury attorney will make sure all necessary documentation for your case is filed in a timely fashion.
The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman is proud of the reputation it has built successfully negotiating and litigating for clients who have suffered personal injuries due to someone’s negligence.
Learn more about this personal injury law firm, the legal team, and its verdicts and settlements. An experienced attorney is what you will need and want if you seek to obtain maximum compensation for your injury case.
A slip and fall accident can take place at almost any location from home to the market to the mall or even on a sidewalk or at a parking lot. If your fall accident occurred as the result of the property owner’s negligence then you may have a fall case for which you can recover compensation.
The causes of slip and fall accidents vary and include but are not limited to:
A fall victim may have suffered severe or even catastrophic injuries leading to economic claims (lost wages, medical bills) or non-economic damages (emotional distress. Your fall accident lawyers will evaluate your case, determine how the fall occurred and advise you on whether you have a strong Philadelphia slip and fall lawsuit.
You may have minor or serious injuries or even catastrophic injuries which form the basis of your fall claim. Injuries for which you can recover damages include:
An experienced attorney will be best able to evaluate your case and determine, based on the facts and circumstances, what kind of personal injury claim you may have under Pennsylvania law for your physical pain, medical bills, medical treatment, and non-economic damages.
Certainly, your health and welfare are the most important things right now. If you’ve been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, seek immediate medical attention. Make sure that you are treated for any injuries that you’ve suffered.
If you or a family member or other person on your behalf is able, you should follow these general guidelines. It will protect you, make your case stronger and enable your Philadelphia slip-and-fall attorney to better evaluate your case:
Once you have had a free consultation with an experienced slip and fall lawyer at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman, there may be more steps your fall attorneys want you to take. They will be the ones who deal with the insurance company on your behalf, but fall lawsuits require that a certain burden of proof be met to prove the property owner’s negligence. Your slip-and-fall lawyer will take the lead but advise you on what you need to do during your no-obligation consultation.
In fall cases, you may be able to recover economic, noneconomic, and punitive damages. In Pennsylvania, there are two main types of damages: compensatory damages and punitive damages:
Compensatory damages are designed to make you whole after an accident. You may suffer both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic Damages include:
Non-economic damages by their nature are more difficult to calculate. This is where pain and suffering and emotional distress are covered. These damages include:
Punitive damages are designed to punish a person for intentional conduct. This may be a high bar to meet in a slip and fall case but it doesn’t mean it’s not something fall attorneys won’t examine in the evaluation of your case.
Intent is going to be the key in such a case. This means the property owner’s conduct that led to your injuries was more than negligent. For example, if a property owner intentionally created or left alone a hazardous condition knowing that you might cross with it and then suffer serious injury, you would then begin to have a case for punitive damages.
There is no simple answer to this question. Each case has to be evaluated by an experienced attorney in order to determine the potential amount of damages an injured person can recover in a Philadelphia slip and fall case.
Initially, your slip and fall attorney will weigh how severe your injuries were; your age and health at the time of the accident; whether you have a job or not and if you were the sole provider for the family and how many members you supported; whether you had any fault in the accident; and the amount and type of insurance you have.
There are many other factors to be considered in any fall claim. There will be both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages will compensate you for financial costs incurred as a result of the accident. The idea is to “make you whole” or in other words, put you back in the financial place you were in before the fall. Such damages would include:
These types of damages are relatively straightforward. So long as they are related to the accident, they are proven by the medical bills and expenses incurred.
Non-economic damages include:
These damages require a different level of proof than the economic damages as there are no bills to prove the amount. This does not mean the damages are any less real. They require the experience and knowledge of an attorney. Fall lawyers will have knowledge of how the insurance company may weigh a claim for these non-economic damages and be able to evaluate what kind of demand they may make and/or argue for in a settlement conference or at a trial.
The fall attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman are confident that they can best represent you and your slip and fall claim. We always handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis; this means we don’t get paid unless we win your case.
In addition, as opposed to many other firms who take more of your award, we never take more than 1/3 of any compensation you are awarded in your case.
After a slip, trip or fall accident, as with any personal injury lawsuit, there is a time limit to file fall injury cases. This time limit is legally known as the Statute of Limitations, and in Pennsylvania, the time is two years from the date of the accident.
Failure to file an injury claim after the statute of limitations has passed can result in the dismissal of the case. A Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer will ensure that your case is filed in time so that you can recover the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured in a slip, trip or fall caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve maximum compensation for your accident injuries, and someone needs to be held accountable for their negligence. An experienced slip-and-fall lawyer will thoroughly examine the available evidence in your case to determine the exact cause of your accident. We will determine the identities of all potentially liable parties and work tirelessly to get you compensated for your injuries and financial loss. Our slip-and-fall lawyers will assist in all ways necessary to make your case including:
Property owners need to be held accountable for their failures. If you’ve fallen on someone else’s property and suffered an injury as a result, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney who will fight to get you compensated. If your injuries are severe, the experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman can help you rebuild your life. We are seasoned personal injury lawyers with decades of experience in courtrooms in Philadelphia and surrounding counties. Additionally, we have a history of successful negotiations with insurance companies, so you know that we will not let a negligent property owner off the hook.
We have helped countless ski and fall victims across Philadelphia with their cases. We know your legal rights. Our law firm will ensure that you get fair compensation for your accident injuries, medical care, and medical treatment.
We offer legal advice when dealing with your insurance company regarding your accident claim and insurance claim. We know how to effectively negotiate with insurance companies and persuade them to offer a fair and final settlement. The accident attorneys at our personal injury law firm will act in your best interest.
Our experienced attorneys not only have all the Philadelphia accident resources, they also have decades of experience. You can rest assured that you will receive aggressive advocacy of your case in any settlement negotiations and if necessary, at trial. You will also be treated with respect and the compassion you deserve after suffering a traumatic accident.
We always handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis; this means we don’t get paid unless we win your case. Call us today, or use our online contact form to schedule a free, in-person consultation.