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Common Landlord Defenses in a Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Claim

When you have been seriously injured and plan to pursue a Pennsylvania slip and fall claim, you should be aware of some common landlord defenses that may be used. Consulting with a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer can help protect your rights.

Common Defenses Landlords Use in Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Claims

If you are a tenant and are injured on the property of your landlord, you may have a case against him or her. This will depend on whether or not it can be demonstrated that the landlord was negligent in some manner.

A slip and fall claim is a very complicated type of claim to pursue. While you may have your side of the story, the landlord will also have a side. He or she will use whatever defense possible to refute your claim.

Some of the common defenses that landlords may use include:
 

  • the incident was caused by your inattentiveness or impairment;
  • the landlord didn't get enough of a chance to repair or prevent the hazard;
  • the hazardous condition wasn't the fault of the landlord; and
  • injuries could have been avoided because the hazardous condition was so obvious. 


Some of the types of conditions that may cause injuries and be the fault of the landlord include broken steps, icy sidewalks, poor lighting and newly waxed floors.

However, the existence of these conditions isn't enough to demonstrate liability. You will also need to show that the owner either caused the condition or had enough time in which the hazardous condition could have been repaired or prevented. Additionally, you will also need to demonstrate that you played no role in the injuries that resulted.

How a Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyer Can Help

When you have sustained serious injuries that are caused by the negligence of another, then you could be entitled to compensation that covers your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

A lawyer can determine if someone else is liable for your injuries and can then work with you to collect the evidence that proves it. An attorney also can assist you with the paperwork and making sure it is filed in a timely manner. 

You will definitely need the help of a lawyer who handles slip and fall cases if you want any chance at receiving a fair outcome. Don't delay in seeking legal counsel, as you want to preserve all evidence available.

Getting Help for a Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Claim

If you have been severely injured in a slip and fall, you shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person's negligence. Contact a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case - 1-877-944-8396.


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