If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, there’s a good chance that your fall was caused by the property owner’s negligence. Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries in the United States. These types of accidents are often caused by conditions such as uneven pavement, unmarked wet floors in public buildings, ice-covered sidewalks, and poorly maintained stairways. A trained slip and fall attorney will help you determine whether the property owner should be held liable for the conditions that caused your accident, and will initiate the proper legal steps to ensure that you are compensated for your pain and suffering in a just and timely manner.
To protect your interest in a slip and fall, it is very important to report the incident to the property owner or management and fill out the appropriate Incident Report which should include the date and time of the accident, location, names of witnesses and the nature of the injuries sustained. If you are unable to fill out an Incident Report due to your injuries leaving you hospitalized or bedridden, it is important to contact a slip and fall attorney immediately to ensure that an investigation is initiated and proper entities notified of the incident.
A lawyer with premises liability experience will know the proper experts to retain in investigating the site, obtaining surveillance footage and/or photographs, and identifying and interviewing witnesses. Some slip and fall accidents are complicated further by the fact that the hazards that cause the accidents are temporary, such as a liquid spill in a supermarket, which can be cleaned up very quickly, destroying critical evidence.
In Pennsylvania, property owners have a non-delegable duty to keep you safe. Owners, lessees, tenants, and occupants of property in Pennsylvania have the responsibility to keep their premises reasonably safe from snow and/or ice. The legal concept of notice is key in determining legal responsibility. People and companies responsible for keeping property safe can be responsible if: they have known about a dangerous condition and failed to do anything about it; should have known about a dangerous condition and did nothing; or created a dangerous condition by making it more dangerous. The property owner may be a homeowner, a private company, or a municipality. A property manager responsible for maintaining the property may also be liable.
The streets are slippery and keeping yourself safe is important. A property owner’s negligence should not be overlooked and if you are injured in a snow or ice accident, it is vital that you find the right personal injury lawyer who understands the requirements and how to prove responsibility for your injuries.
At the Law Offices of Kennedy and Brown, we understand the complexities of snow and ice cases and we have the expertise and experience to help clients after they have suffered personal injuries from premises accidents on snow or ice. If possible, take photographs of the location where you are injured to document the condition.
Selecting the right attorney to handle your case can be difficult but rest assured that the Law Offices of Kennedy and Brown will advocate for you. We know that dealing with the aftermath of an accident of any kind can be traumatic, and selecting the right attorney to handle your case can be difficult. The pain and suffering caused by injuries sustained during slip and fall accidents are often compounded by the stress of high medical bills and/or the inability to work. The complexities of a slip and fall accident make it critical to select an experienced premises liability lawyer who can provide you with the legal information you need and guide you through the process of filing a slip and fall claim.
Our office serves Northeastern Pennsylvania, including, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Stroudsburg, Tunkhannock, Luzerne County, Lackawanna County, Monroe County, Wyoming County and Carbon County.