Philadelphia Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers
When you visit a store, office building, mall, or any other commercial property you should not be injured. The owner and occupier of that property are responsible for your safety. This means they need to clean up spills, provide good lighting, remove ice and snow, and make certain that there are no dangerous that could cause injuries.
If you have been involved in a slip and fall accident, here are some questions you might have:
Types of Slip and Fall Accidents
There are many different types of slip and fall accidents, all of which can result in dire injury. A slip and fall accident is any kind of stumbling, falling, slipping or tripping that causes an injury or even sometimes death. Slip and fall accidents can occur in many places including stores, restaurants, apartment complexes and parking lots, arenas/theaters/stadiums, private homes, workplaces, playgrounds and parks.
Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Oftentimes, one of the main causes for a slip and fall accident is a poorly or unsafely maintained property or the failure to warn people of potential dangers on a property. Poorly maintained or marked properties can create many hazards, such as damaged sidewalks, inadequate lighting, wet/slippery floors, icy/snowy walkways, damaged floors or stairs, ditches/potholes and even cluttered floors.
The insurance company has contacted me. Do I need a lawyer?
Yes. If you have been hurt in a slip and fall accident it is important that you understand the real agenda of the insurance company in your case. First, understand that the insurance is not your friend. They are not looking out for your best interest—they are looking out for their own interest.
Insurance companies exist for one purpose: to make and save money. Insurance companies make money by selling insurance and receiving premium payments. They invest this money and make even more. Insurance companies do not want to lose money by paying people who were hurt in slip and fall accidents caused by the people they insure. That is why you need our Philadelphia personal injury law firm to represent you. Our Pennsylvania accident lawyers have experience with insurance carriers and will negotiate the best settlement possible for your claim.
What do I have to prove to win my case?
You must prove at least one of the following to have a clear-cut liability case:
- The property owner or occupier was responsible for the unsafe condition and the subsequent slip and fall accident (for example by not cleaning up after something was spilled)
- The property owner or occupier was aware of the unsafe condition of the property and did not try to correct it (for example by not cleaning up foreign material on the floor after noticing it)
- The property owner knew or should have known about a dangerous condition, for example where a reasonable person would have found the problem that resulted in injury and taken the steps to correct it.
What if the government owns the premises?
When it comes to government properties such as public parks, the federal or state government may be legally responsibility for personal injuries that occur on the premises. The Federal Tort Claims Act or similar state or municipal claim laws cover Premises liability cases. Such cases must be brought within a certain time limit. If you have questions about this time limit or a government-owed property where you were injured, please call our firm.
Contact the Experienced Philadelphia Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers at Galfand Berger
If you or a loved one has been injured, we are happy to answer your questions and have one of our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers review your case for free. Please call us at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) or complete our short contact form and a member of our firm will contact you.
With offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster, Bethlehem and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And, remember, there is no fee unless we recover for you.