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The Basics of Slip and Fall Cases in Philadelphia
While we all know to watch out for icy streets, a slip and fall injury can occur at any time. This is because there are so many more hazardous situations than we commonly think about. Whether it’s a broken handrail, unmarked step, or wet floor, if a hazard is marked properly and precautions aren’t taken to reduce their danger, they can cause serious and lasting injuries out of nowhere. However, since people don’t always consider every possible danger, they may not always know whether or not they can get compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
It’s the responsibility of businesses and property owners to ensure that their property is safe for people on the premises. When they don’t take the proper precautions, whether that be removing snow or putting up the right signage, and someone is hurt as a result, they are liable for the injuries their negligence caused and may have to cover the damages of the slip and fall victim.
There are many potentially hazardous scenarios that are likely to cause a slip and fall injury, including:
- Spills that aren’t cleaned in a timely manner
- Sidewalks that haven’t had salt or ice melt applied
- Uneven walking surfaces, like a broken sidewalk
- Obstacles placed in hazardous areas
To prove a slip and fall case, you first must show that the property owner acted in a negligent way. This means that you must demonstrate that the property owner knew or should have known about the hazard and had a reasonable amount of time to fix the issue.
What Happens If I’ve Been the Victim of a Slip and Fall Injury in Philadelphia?
If you were injured in a slip and fall and the property owner failed to take precautions or remove hazards, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Injuries suffered from a slip and fall can be very serious. If you hit your head or injure your back, you could have lifelong symptoms like memory loss, neurological problems, or cognitive problems. On top of the pain resulting from the injury, you also have to contend with crushing medical expenses as you try to recover. To make matters worse, your injury may prevent you from being able to work or being able to fully perform your work duties, making the financial burden on you and your family even tougher. That’s why personal injury laws exist to help you recover damages related to your medical bills, lost wages, future disability, and physical and emotional hardship.
In the state of Pennsylvania, the amount of damages awarded for a slip and fall case depends on the amount of responsibility the property owner has for the accident. In many cases, the defendant in the case will try to prove that the victim was responsible for suffering the injury themselves or at least partially responsible. This type of defense is called “comparative negligence” and can impact the amount of money a victim receives in damages if they’re found to be somewhat responsible for their injuries. An example of this would be if you slipped on a hazard, but there were warning signs about the hazard. The defendant may be found partially liable for not properly addressing the hazard, but you would also be partly responsible for failing to pay attention to the signage.
If a victim of a slip and fall is found to be partially at fault for the accident, the amount of compensation they get is reduced by how much fault they’re found to have. If you would be entitled to $100,00 in damages, but the judge finds you 50% at fault for the accident, then your compensation would be reduced by 50% and you would be awarded $50,000 instead of the full $100,000. However, if you’re found to be more that 50% responsible for the accident, then you will not be awarded any damages in the case.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I’VE BEEN THE VICTIM OF A SLIP AND FALL INJURY IN PHILADELPHIA?
If you suffer a slip and fall injury, witnesses of the accident and any photos of the dangerous hazard that caused it will be important to prove your case.
In Philadelphia, there is a two-year statute of limitations to file a slip and fall lawsuit, starting on the date of the accident. With decades of personal injury experience, the attorneys at Thistle Law will help you get the compensation that you deserve. Call us at 215-568-6800 or fill out our contact form below.
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