A slip and fall injury could occur virtually anywhere. There are various circumstances that can cause a person to trip and have a serious injury when they hit the ground. If a property owner played some role in a person’s slip and fall injury, they might be held liable for causing the injury. If you or a family member was the victim of a slip and fall accident, you should consult with an experienced Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer. The legal team at The Reiff Law Firm is here to help you pursue compensation from a negligent property owner that caused your injuries. Our lawyers are here to explain five common causes of slip and fall injuries in Pennsylvania.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can trigger a premises liability claim. This means that, under certain circumstances, a property owner can be liable for injuries resulting from a slip and fall. Property owners have a duty to keep their premises free of hazardous conditions that could injure a guest – or even a trespasser.
The following list details some hazardous conditions that could cause a slip and fall or trip and fall accident.
One of the most common causes of a slip and fall accident is dangerous walking surfaces. For example, if there was a spill in a retail store and the store owner knew about it and neglected to clean it up, they could be held liable if a visitor slips on that floor and suffers a spinal injury. Property owners can also be liable for dangerous conditions outside their home or business. For example, if the pavement outside a person’s home is cracked and you trip on the crack and suffer a serious brain injury, the homeowner or business owner may be liable for your injuries.
Poor Lighting Conditions
Poor lighting is another common cause of slip and fall injuries. Places like parking garages and city sidewalks should always have adequate lighting to ensure any tripping hazards are visible to pedestrians. Neglecting to correct poor lighting issues will leave property owners open to slip and fall claims.
There can be various issues with a stairwell that could lead to a trip and fall accident. The stairwell may have an unstable handrail or lack a handrail entirely, or the steps could be overly polished and slippery. Stairwell slip and fall accidents are especially dangerous because a person could trip and fall to the bottom of the steps and suffer a serious injury.
Poor weather could also play a role in a slip and fall accident, especially when it comes to icy sidewalk injuries. A snowstorm could cause a landowner’s property to become dangerous. For example, if a property owner neglects to shovel their sidewalk properly and several pedestrians walk past their property over the course of the day, one of those pedestrians could slip and fall on a section of ice. A property owner must correct these conditions to avoid injuring people who are likely unaware of a dangerous condition.
It seems like there is constantly construction being done across the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. Construction areas should be adequately marked to ensure pedestrians are aware of any hazards.
This is not an exclusive list pertaining to the causes of slip and fall injuries. There several other potential circumstances that could lead to a slip and fall injury. If you were injured in another manner not listed above, you should speak with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney.
If you want to file a personal injury lawsuit for your slip and fall accident, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. There is a limited amount of time you have to file your injury case. There are also benefits to filing your case early: the evidence you may need to prove your case will be readily available, the memory of any witnesses to the will be stronger, and, most importantly, you will be able to receive compensation sooner if you win your case sooner.
Our Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You Fight Your Case
If you or a family member was injured in a slip and fall accident, you should contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney today. At The Reiff Law Firm, our attorneys have over 40 years of personal injury law experience that they will use to pursue your slip and fall lawsuit. You should not have to bear the burdens of being seriously injured because of a negligent property owner. To schedule a free consultation for your case, call us at (215) 246-9000, or reach us online.