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Proving Fault in Slip and Fall Accidents (Part A)

Proving fault in a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania can be a difficult task, whether the accident occurred on a staircase, wet floor or uneven pavement. Your first concern will naturally be your wellbeing.

After you seek medical treatment for your injuries, you should consult with a Philadelphia slip and fall attorney to discuss negligence and whether it would be in your best interest to file a personal injury claim.

Liability in a Slip and Fall Accident in Pennsylvania

The property owner may not always be liable for your injuries in a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania. For example, if you tripped over a step because you were busy writing or reading text messages, it would be unreasonable to blame the property owner because you maintain responsibility to be aware of your surroundings.

There are many instances in which property owners can be held accountable for your injuries in a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania.
Just as you are responsible for being aware of your surroundings, property owners are required to take reasonable measures to avoid slip and fall accidents on their property.

In order to have a good chance at receiving compensation for your injuries in a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania, you'll have to be able to prove any one of the following:
 

  • that the property owner or an employee should have known about the dangerous condition that caused your slip and fall accident;
  • that the property owner or an employee knew about the dangerous conditions and did nothing; or
  • that the property owner or an employee caused the conditions that led to your slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania. 


The first situation is usually the most difficult to prove and is the most often debated. If your case goes to trial, a jury will have to decide whether an employee or the owner of the property "should have known" about the conditions that caused your slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania.

By consulting with a Philadelphia slip and fall attorney as early as possible, you can learn more about the strengths and challenges of proving fault in your specific slip and fall case.

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