Slip-and-fall (and trip-and-fall) injuries are surprisingly common in Pennsylvania, but despite the rather pedestrian nature of slip-and-fall accidents, the resultant injuries can be quite significant — in a physical, financial, and emotional sense — in certain circumstances. If you’ve slipped or tripped and subsequently injured yourself due to the failure of the property owner (or possessor) to either fix the hazard or warn you of the hazard at-issue, then you may be able to recover damages to compensate you for your injuries. To speak with a skilled slip-and-fall attorney, call The Law Office of Mark A. Smith at (412) 368-8398 for a free consultation. Lead Attorney Mark Smith has successfully resolved numerous slip-and-fall cases over the course of his career and will serve as a passionate and capable advocate for your rights.
To prove that the defendant is liable for your slip-and-fall injuries, you’ll have to show that the defendant’s negligent acts or omissions caused your injuries. Proving negligence in a slip-and-fall case requires that you show — based on the full weight of the evidence — that the defendant who controlled the property:
For example, if the path to a retail store is covered in black ice, reasonable inspection by the store owner/manager should have revealed the slipping hazard, and the responsible party should correct it or warn customers of the risk of approaching the store from that path. If the store fails to respond adequately, then injured customers may be able to bring a legitimate slip-and-fall claim.
There are a variety of hazards that can pose a slip-and-fall risk to visitors of a property, including but not limited to:
Though visitors are expected to avoid some obvious hazards, many hazards are not obvious or are simply unavoidable.
If you have have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident in PA, then you may be entitled to recover damages to compensate you for the injuries you sustained by virtue of the defendant’s negligence in failing to correct the injury-causing hazard (or failing to warn of the hazard). To assess the value of your claims, however, you’ll have to speak with a qualified Pennsylvania personal injury attorney.
Attorney Mark Smith has successfully resolved numerous slip-and-fall cases over the course of his career and will serve as a passionate and capable advocate for your rights.
To connect directly with Pennsylvania personal injury attorney Mark Smith, call (412) 368-8398 or write and submit a request for a free consultation on our online contact form. Attorney Smith takes a different approach to client representation. Instead of bouncing you between secretaries, paralegals, and other attorneys, Attorney Smith prefers to develop a direct and communicative relationship with all his clients. At every phase of the litigation process, Attorney Smith is available should you have any questions or other matters that you’d like resolved.