When you’ve been injured in a “slip and fall” accident on someone else’s property, a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you need to cover medical expenses and any lost wages that may result.
What is Considered a Slip and Fall Accident?
“Slip and fall” is a term used for a personal injury case in which the victim is injured from slipping or tripping on someone else’s property, whether that’s a government, private or commercial property. Slip and fall cases usually fall under the broader category of “premises liability” claims. These accidents can be caused by many things that are deemed hazardous conditions including slippery or uneven surfaces. If you or a loved one was injured as a result of a slip and fall accident, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to determine if your case should be pursued legally.
What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, the steps you take immediately after the accident occurred are crucial in order to establish the best possible legal case. Here are our steps to take following a slip and fall accident:
- Seek immediate medical treatment
- Report the incident to a manager, owner or landlord- ask them to create a written report and request a copy before you leave
- Document everything and take pictures of where the incident occurred
- Place the shoes and clothing you were wearing in a safe storage space as they may be needed as evidence during your case
- Decline to give any statements
- Consult with a personal injury lawyer
Answers to All of Your Slip and Fall Questions
For answers to other slip and fall accident questions, check out our FAQ section.
The Five Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries
We’ve identified the five most common reasons people are injured by slipping and falling based on our experiences. Each of these conditions represents “defects on the property that the property owner should make non-defective (i.e., safe) by proper inspection of their premises. This is the law in Pennsylvania, so any defect that the owner knew or should have known about that which ultimately causes an injury to a patron, customer, or other person creates potential liability.
- Wet floors – A business is required by law to place a brightly colored wet floor sign or signs in the vicinity of mopping activity. But whether or not a wet floor sign is visible, a person who slips and falls on a slick floor should consult an attorney and should not admit responsibility for the accident to store management.
- Spills – Any store that sells liquid products can be liable for injuries to patrons if the liquids end up on the floor.
- Leaks – When a water pipe leaks onto a floor, accidents can easily happen. Store management should be aware of the situation and post wet floor signs around the leak.
- Powders – Any powdery substance on a slick floor can cause a person to slip and fall. As with leaks and spills, store management ideally should have the mess cleaned up promptly, but if that action isn’t taken, the store can be liable for any injuries sustained.
- Ice – Ice and snow outside a business which has not salted walkways or stairs can certainly cause slip and fall accidents. Businesses can be liable for any injuries sustained outside the premise.
Premises liability cases can be tricky, and only a qualified Philadelphia personal injury lawyer will be able to advise you about your slip and fall case. In every circumstance, people who’ve been injured in this type of accident should first be encouraged to first seek necessary medical treatment before even considering consulting with an attorney.