Every day, people suffer devastating and debilitating injuries resulting from falls due to negligence on the part of property owners, private companies and employers. Slipping on a wet floor may not sound like a serious accident to some people, but the injuries sustained could last a lifetime. A slip-and-fall can result in costly medical bills, lost wages, a long and painful recovery, and in some cases permanent disability.
If you have been injured in a slip-and-fall accident, call the attorneys of Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., at 215-929-7216 for a free initial consultation. Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., has provided personalized, compassionate representation for injury victims in Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey for more than 25 years. We have offices in Philadelphia, Allentown, Reading and Lancaster in Pennsylvania, Cherry Hill in New Jersey, and New York.
Proving The Property Owner Was Negligent
You may assume that if you are injured on someone else’s property, the property owner’s insurance company will pay for your damages. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Insurance companies typically refuse to pay any damages unless you can prove the property owner was negligent. In general, this means that the property owner was aware of the unsafe condition and did not take steps to correct it or to warn guests. This area of law is known as premises liability.
There are many different kinds of unsafe property conditions that can lead to slip-and-fall accidents. Some examples include:
- Ice and snow: If the property owner did not take steps to clear snow and ice from steps and walkways within a reasonable time after a snowfall, he or she may be liable.
- Spilled substances: If a slippery substance is spilled on the floor and the store does not take steps to clean it up or place warning cones within a reasonable time, the store owner may be liable.
- Wet conditions: Rain and water spills can result in slippery areas on walkways, floors and other areas. Property owners may be liable if they were aware of the slippery condition and didn’t take steps to correct it.
- Sidewalk defect: Defects such as cracks, holes and uneven slabs can lead to serious trip-and-fall accidents.
Taking photos of a slippery or unsafe condition before the property owner corrects it can provide visual evidence of negligence. Interviews from witnesses can make your case. For example, a store employee may state that he or she notified management of the slippery condition hours before the accident.
The sooner you contact our attorneys after an accident, the sooner we can take steps to collect and preserve evidence of property owner negligence. We work with experts who can help us build the strongest possible case.
An example of our success:
$1.5 million settlement for a client who was permanently injured because of a dangerous walking surface at a local hospital. A large puddle in the hallway caused our client to incur permanent damage that ultimately resulted in her early retirement. We were able to research and prove the conditions present on the day of injury that caused the slip and fall and subsequent injury.