Falling down on a slippery sidewalk can lead to serious injuries. These kinds of accidents are embarrassing and painful, but many victims of slip and fall accidents are unaware that they may be entitled to compensation for the accident.
If you or a loved one fell on someone else’s property and suffered injuries leading to medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, call Reiff and Bily today. Our Easton slip and fall lawyers may be able to help you file a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner and get you the compensation you need to cover your expenses. For a free consultation on your slip and fall case, call us today at (215) 274-0072.
Slip and Fall and Trip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of injury cases. People fall down for many preventable reasons, potentially suffering serious injuries. Most people are not trained in falling properly like stunt performers or gymnasts are, thus the average person may suffer serious injuries like broken bones, back and neck injuries, and head and brain injuries when they fall.
Many accidents occur in common, preventable ways. If you were injured in one of these kinds of slip and fall accidents, you may be able to hold the property owner liable for the injuries you suffered:
Icy Sidewalk Accidents
In the winter months, sidewalks in Easton and throughout the Lehigh Valley can become quite slippery. If property owners fail to clear snow or they allow water and ice to accumulate without properly salting or de-icing the sidewalk, pedestrians passing through the area can suffer serious injuries if they slip and fall on a slick patch of sidewalk.
Loose Cables and Wiring
Vacuum cleaners, power tools, electronics, and other devices often need power cords and extension cords run through rooms and across walkways. The property owner and the individual running the wires across a pathway should properly warn of these tripping hazards to notify people of the dangers of walking across those cables. Cables should also be taped flat to minimize the risk of injury. If you get your foot caught on a cable, you could fall and suffer serious injuries.
Older sidewalks may be uneven and present serious tripping hazards. Especially if there are plants growing up through the sidewalk or there are uneven seams between cement blocks, pedestrians could trip and fall onto hard surfaces, potentially causing cuts, scrapes, broken bones, and other injuries.
Protruding Tree Roots
On sidewalks and in parks and other grassy areas, tree roots can emerge from the ground and create tripping hazards. Especially when tree roots begin emerging through a sidewalk, they can create large mounds and cracked pavement that can cause people to trip, especially if the lighting in the area is poor.
Wet Floors and Spills
Many lobbies and stores end up having very wet floors, especially when people track rain or snow inside the building. Spills in grocery stores and convenience stores can also make the floor incredibly slick. If the type of flooring material makes it difficult to see the spill or becomes very slick, the building owner may be liable for any injuries you face because they failed to use a “Caution: Wet Floor” sign or attempt to clean up the spill.
Dark areas in bars, clubs, or concert venues may be covered in debris, spills, or even ice and snow if the surface is outside or adjacent to an entrance/exit. With stairwells, the risk of tripping or slipping is exacerbated, and if the stairwell is too dark to see dangers, you could fall a long distance.
Suing for Slip and Fall Injuries in PA
Pennsylvania law allows injury victims to sue the responsible parties to seek compensation. When you fall on someone else’s property, it is often because the property owner failed to fix a dangerous problem or at least warn you of the danger. This is known as “negligence,” and it is the foundation of most injury lawsuits.
When suing for negligence in a slip and fall case, you must show that the at-fault party, typically the property owner, should have cleaned up the spill, repaired the defect, or otherwise warned you about the dangers. If they failed to do so, you can sue for any damages that the accident caused. This includes financial consequences like the medical bills and lost work resulting from your injury as well as intangible harms like the pain and suffering of dealing with a broken bone or a serious brain injury.
Some of these injuries can even lead to life-threatening injuries like spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. If a loved one was disabled or killed by a serious slip and fall, contact our law offices immediately to discuss your options for compensation to support your family.
Slip and Fall Lawyers Offering Free Consultations in Easton, Pennsylvania
If you or a loved one was injured in a slip and fall accident or a trip and fall accident in Easton or the surrounding areas, contact Reiff and Bily today. Our Easton slip and fall attorneys have decades of experience handling personal injury lawsuits and slip and fall cases on behalf of injury victims. Our lawyers are available for a free consultation on your potential case. To schedule your consultation, contact us today at (215) 274-0072.