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Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Attorney

Slip and fall accidents can be dangerous and cause serious injuries. Often these types of accidents could have been prevented, if the property owner simply took care to maintain floors and walkways in safe condition. It may be challenging to prove that you fell because of a dangerous condition, like something spilled on a floor, or an uneven surface that created a trip hazard. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident because of someone else’s negligence, you need an experienced Pennsylvania slip and fall lawyer who can help you obtain compensation from the responsible property owner.

The Underlying Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

The most common underlying causes of slip and falls are dangerous conditions:

  • Ice and snow that isn’t properly cleared away, leaving walkways slippery and dangerous
  • Walkways, entrances, and stairways that aren’t well maintained
  • Floor surfaces that are unexpectedly slippery
  • Uneven, cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged sidewalks or walkways
  • Cluttered, littered, or debris-strewn walkways, stairs, or floors
  • Carpets or floor coverings that are torn, frayed, cut, bunched, twisted, or poorly secured

Often the dangers that lead to slip and fall accidents aren’t obvious. But a property owner has a responsibility to maintain and keep floors and walkways safe to prevent such accidents.

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall, it’s important to recognize that someone else’s negligence may have caused your injuries. At the Levin Firm in Philadelphia, our dedicated slip and fall attorneys understand these types of cases and have the experience, skill, and compassion to help you recover fair compensation for your injuries.

Common Occurrences in Businesses

You can slip and fall nearly anywhere, but there are several locations that are commonly associated with these accidents:

At the Grocery Store

When you head out to the corner grocery for a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk, slipping and falling is probably the last thing on your mind. Grocery stores, nevertheless, see their share of slip and falls. Spilled liquids, leaking refrigeration units, splattered produce, ice and snow brought in from outside, and scattered debris can all contribute.

Restaurants

You go to a restaurant for a relaxing meal – not to slip and fall. Restaurants, however, are rife with accidents waiting to happen, including crowded spaces, spilled drinks, splattered food, and weather tracked in from outside. Wet bathroom floors are another common culprit.

Parking Lots

A business owner’s responsibility doesn’t stop at the doorway. Wet, slippery, and poorly maintained parking lots often lead to dangerous slip and falls.

Common Slip and Fall Injuries

The injuries incurred in slip and falls can range from very mild to life-threatening. There are, however, several injuries that are common to these accidents:

  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Back and/or neck trauma
  • Injury to the spinal cord
  • Traumatic brain injuries (including concussions)
  • Serious cuts and bruises
  • Soft tissue damage (including joint and ligament injuries)

These injuries not only have immediate medical costs, but may also result in significant ongoing medical costs, lost income, lost earning potential, and other financial damages.

What to Do After a Slip and Fall

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident, you should first seek immediate medical attention. In addition, taking certain steps can help you prepare a claim and recover for your injuries. If you’re not able to do these things yourself, enlist a bystander, family member, or friend:

  • File an accident report with the property manager
  • Take pictures and videos with your smartphone that clearly depict the hazard that caused you to slip and fall
  • Gather eyewitness testimony and contact information
  • Compile receipts that reflect all the expenses you incur because of the accident, including medical expenses and lost wages

Your Slip and Fall Claim

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall because of a property owner’s negligence, you are most likely going to be dealing with that person’s insurance company. Insurance companies are in business to make a profit—which unfortunately often means minimizing payouts or outright denying claims.

Keep in mind that you aren’t obligated to provide a representative of the insurance company with a statement, though one will likely contact you after the accident and try to obtain a statement that can be used against you later. These representatives are trained and paid to ask questions that make it sound like the accident was your fault, or that your injuries are not serious. When you’ve been injured, it is better to let your dedicated slip and fall attorney handle the insurance company and provide any information necessary to your claim.

If You’ve Been Injured in a Slip and Fall, You Need an Experienced Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Lawyer

While a slip and fall may not sound serious, these accidents often cause injuries and can lead to long-lasting health complications. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident because of someone else’s negligence, you need experienced legal counsel. While every slip and fall is unique, the dedicated legal team at The Levin Firm in Philadelphia is committed to carefully analyzing the circumstances of your accident and to efficiently and effectively guiding your claim on the path toward its best possible resolution. Our experienced slip and fall attorneys have the knowledge, skill, and compassion to fight for your rights and fair compensation for your injuries. We’re here to help, so please contact or call us at 215-825-5183 today.

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