Everyone has tripped or slipped at some point in their lives and ended up on the ground. Most of the time, we may look around to see if anyone saw the fall, dust ourselves off, and maybe laugh. Many people who fall down have no injuries or maybe a small bruise or cut so it can be surprising that slip and fall accidents can also be quite dangerous. Statistics show that falls caused about 32,000 deaths in one year in the United States, many of which were caused by a slip or trip. Thousands more suffered serious injuries because of a slip and fall.
If you slip and fall and are able to walk away unscathed and without the need for medical attention, the law does not entitle you to compensation – no matter how embarrassed you were after your fall. However, if you do need medical care and incur bills from an emergency department, urgent care, or doctor’s office, you may be able to collect for those bills under certain circumstances.
Many times, we may fall out of our own clumsiness or distraction. In these cases, when no one else is at fault for the fall, you do not have the right to collect anything from another party. On the other hand, if your fall and the resulting injuries stemmed from the negligence of a property owner or staff of a store, you can seek compensation for your medical bills and any other related losses you may have incurred.
In order to collect, you must prove that someone else acted in a negligent manner. Businesses and property owners have the duty to keep the premises in reasonably safe condition, which includes identifying any possible hazards and repairing them in a timely manner to keep customers and visitors from getting hurt. The following are some examples of negligence that can allow a slip and fall victim to collect:
There are many other acts that can cause you to slip and fall. An experienced attorney can review what happened and advise you whether you can collect from a negligent party. In addition, it is important to have a lawyer determine the value of your case so you know how much you have the right to collect.
Slip and fall accidents can leave you dealing with surprisingly serious injuries and can leave you facing serious losses. You should always be aware of your legal rights after a fall so you should have an experienced personal injury attorney evaluate your situation. At The Levin Firm, we regularly help slip and fall victims recover the compensation they need to cover their medical expenses and other losses. Consultations are always free so you have nothing to lose by calling our office at (215) 825-5183 for help today.
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