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Slip and Fall Accidents in Pennsylvania (Part A)

Serious injuries, some of which are fatal, can result from a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania.

Such injuries include the following:
 

  • traumatic brain injury;
  • paralysis; and
  • broken bones. 

 

If you have suffered serious injuries as the result of a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania, you should discuss your legal options with a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer. It's crucial that you consult with an experienced Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer as early as possible to preserve evidence in your case.

An Overview of a Slip and Fall Accident in Pennsylvania

A slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania occurs when someone slips or trips then falls and suffers an injury on someone else's property because of dangerous conditions.

A slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania can happen just about anywhere, including:
 

  • in a hotel;
  • on a sidewalk;
  • in a parking lot;
  • in a store;
  • at a restaurant; or
  • in a public building. 


After you have suffered a slip and fall accident, a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer can go over your case to determine whether you can proceed with a Pennsylvania personal injury claim to seek compensation for your injuries. If a property owner's negligence led to your slip and fall accident and you can prove that negligence, then you will likely be advised to file a personal injury claim.

Slip and Fall Accident in Pennsylvania: Negligence

To establish that the property owner was negligent, your Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer will have to present evidence showing that:
 

  • the property owner or operator caused, knew of or should have known that the dangerous condition existed;
  • the property owner or operator did nothing or failed to properly warn of the danger or failed to adequately correct the dangerous condition in a reasonable time frame; and
  • the dangerous condition was not obvious enough that the victim should have reasonably recognized it as dangerous.  

For example, suppose a bottle of water fell and spilled on the grocery store floor and remained there for several hours. If a shopper were to slip and fall and suffer serious injuries, you could argue that negligence was a factor because store aisles had not been inspected for several hours nor had the condition been properly addressed as it should have been in that period of time.

Whether it is the owner of a store or public property, property owners owe a duty to the people they invite onto their premises to provide a safe environment.
When those owners, even if it is a government entity such as a city or county, fail to provide a safe environment or warn people of the hazards that are present, they may be held liable for the injuries that result from a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania.

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