Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents often occur due to the negligence of property owners. Slippery steps, uneven flooring, and inadequate lighting are all dangerous conditions that can lead to a slip and fall accident. Property owners have a legal duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. When they fail in this duty, they may be held responsible for the injuries caused by their negligence. The Philadelphia slip and fall lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. are experienced in pursuing compensation for victims of fall down accidents caused by unsafe property conditions.
Premises Liability Law
Slip and fall accidents generally fall under the broader legal theory of premises liability. Premises liability encompasses cases in which a property owner failed to maintain the safety of their property or failed to warn visitors of hazards.
To hold a property owner responsible for injuries resulting from a slip and fall, a plaintiff must prove that the property owner either:
- created the danger;
- knew of the danger and did not remedy the situation; or
- should have known of the danger, but failed to exercise reasonable care in keeping the property safe by remedying the situation.
These types of cases often hinge on whether the property owner acted reasonably. Generally, property owners will be liable if a reasonable property owner in their position would have known about and remedied the dangerous situation. However, property owners will not be held liable if they exercised reasonable care to keep their property in a safe condition.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Cases
Fall down accidents can happen anywhere, including: stores, apartment complexes, shopping malls, nursing homes, offices, restaurants, sidewalks, and parking lots. If the property owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition on their property and failed to fix it, he or she may be liable for any injuries caused by the dangerous condition.
Common causes of slip and fall premises liability cases include:
- Broken stairs
- Failure to clear ice or snow
- Inadequate lighting
- Loose or uneven carpet
- Slippery floors or steps
- Uneven sidewalks
- Unexpected holes
Types of Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), slip and fall accidents are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Other common types of injuries caused by slip and fall accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Concussion and other head injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Sprains and fractures
Proving Fault in Slip and Fall Cases
Plaintiffs must also consider their state’s rules regarding negligence. For example, Pennsylvania follows the comparative negligence rule which takes into account the plaintiff’s own responsibility for the accident. Plaintiffs’ recovery will be reduced according to their percentage of fault, so property owners will often try to shift blame to the victim in order to avoid liability.
New Jersey follows a modified comparative negligence rule, which states that a plaintiff may not be able to recover any damages if he or she was more than 50 percent responsible for the accident.
North Carolina follows a contributory negligence rule. Under the contributory negligence rule, plaintiffs may be barred from recovery if they are even partially at fault for the accident.
It is therefore imperative that slip and fall accident victims contact a qualified attorney who is both knowledgeable about the laws in their geographical area and experienced in representing victims of fall down accidents. At Freedman & Lorry, P.C. our Philadelphia slip and fall lawyers have extensive experience handling premises liability cases. We can help to investigate the accident, collect evidence, and ensure that your interests are well represented.
Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Successfully Pursue Premises Liability Claims
If you were injured on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. According to Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. Contact a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. to discuss your case as soon as possible. We represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and North Carolina from our offices in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill and Pinehurst. For a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 888-999-1962.