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The Basics of Slip and Fall Cases in Philadelphia
A slip and fall injury can happen virtually anywhere. From icy sidewalks or wet floors to missing handrails or steps and bumps that are not clearly and properly marked, if the proper precautions aren’t in place, you could get seriously hurt. Businesses and property owners are responsible for making sure that their property is safe, and could be held liable for things like delays in maintenance, improper signage, or other hazards if they caused your injury.
Some examples of slip and fall cases include:
- Slipping on a spill that wasn’t cleaned up properly
- Icy sidewalks that weren’t treated with salt or ice melt
- Tripping over uneven walking surfaces, such as broken sidewalks
- Tripping over items placed improperly, such as a display case in a store
In a slip and fall case, you must prove negligence on the part of the property owner. In order to prove negligence in these types of cases, you must show that the hazard existed long enough that the property owner would have reasonably known about it and could have taken action to fix it.
What Happens If I’ve Been the Victim of a Slip and Fall Injury in Philadelphia?
In cases where there should have been protections in place but weren’t or where a hazard wasn’t taken care of, and you have suffered an injury as a result, you may be able to get financial compensation. These injuries can not only cause significant pain, but also huge medical bills and loss of wages due to being unable to work. In a personal injury slip and fall case, you can recover compensation for your medical costs and loss of wages, as well as future disability and emotional distress.
In Pennsylvania, damages in a slip and fall case are calculated by the amount of responsibility in the accident. Often, the defendant in a case will argue that the victim was at least partially, if not fully responsible for the accident themselves. This defense, known as “comparative negligence”, may affect how much money you are able to get in damages if they can prove your responsibility in the accident. For example, if you weren’t paying attention to where you were going before the fall or failed to heed signs that were posted about the potential hazard.
In some states, if you are found to be even minutely responsible for your accident, you will not be able to recover any damages. However, in Pennsylvania, if you are found to be partially at fault in the accident, your compensation will be reduced in proportion to how much fault you are determined to be responsible for. Say you would be awarded $100,000 in damages, but a judge determined that you were 25% at fault in the accident--your compensation would be reduced by 25%, and you would then receive $75,000. So long as you are not more than 50% responsible for the accident yourself, you can still receive compensation. If you are found to be more than 50% responsible, you will not be able to collect damages in your case.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I’VE BEEN THE VICTIM OF A SLIP AND FALL INJURY IN PHILADELPHIA?
When you’ve suffered from an injury in a slip and fall accident, witnesses to the accident as well as photos of the hazardous situation will be essential to your case. In Philadelphia, slip and fall lawsuits must be filed within two years from the date of the accident. With decades of experience in personal injury cases, the attorneys at Thistle Law will be able to 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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