Attorneys Stand up for the Rights of the Injured
For more than 34 years the lawyers of Reiff & Bily have stood up for the rights of Pennsylvanians injured in slip and fall accidents. Our experience and resources permit us to take a strategic approach to each case. When you work with us, we first discuss the fact and circumstances surrounding your case. If your case appears to be meritorious, we then explain the process of slip and fall accident litigation step-by-step. By explaining the process we ensure that you will know what to expect. Being aware of the path forward can significantly decrease your anxiety over the future and permit you to focus on your health.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and falls are one of the most common types of premise liability actions. Pennsylvania law protects individuals who are invited onto a property or who have permission from the property owner to be on the premises. For these individuals, at minimum the owner must warn of dangerous conditions and may have an obligation to undertake a reasonable inspection to discover dangerous conditions.
According to statistics compiled by the National Safety Council, slips, trips, and falls are the second-leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2009 alone, falls contributed to at least 25,000 deaths. In 2011, falls accounted for nearly 9 million visits to the hospital emergency room. Whether you are located in Allentown, Hanover Township, or Mechanicsville the leading causes for slip and fall injuries are similar. The causes include:
- heavily trafficked areas
- uneven or broken sidewalks
- ice or snow covered walkways
If you have fallen due to unsafe or hazardous conditions in one of these location or otherwise, contacting an experienced litigator is often the first step in recovering compensation
How Can I Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents?
It is often said that prevention is the best cure. This is especially true for both young people and seniors because children and the elderly are the most likely individuals to suffer a slip and fall injury. Therefore, taking practical steps like installing gates at the top and bottom of stairways in homes with children can go a long way to reducing the likelihood that an accident would occur. Other reasonable steps to reduce the probability of a slip and fall accident include:
- Ensuring pathways have adequate lighting
- Immediately cleaning up all spills
- Securing electrical cords and phone cords
- Ensuring that a ladder is properly secured before use
- Keeping drawers and cabinets closed
- Removing debris or garbage from pathways
- Arranging furniture and fixtures so that pathways are obstruction free.
- Checking for snow and ice
- Never misuse a chair, table or other surface as a ladder
As personal injury attorneys, we have seen the unfortunate and life-altering injuries that can occur due to a slip and fall. Therefore we encourage individuals to take all reasonable steps to prevent these often tragic accidents.
Let Us Guide You Through Your Personal Injury Claim
For more than 34 years Reiff & Bily has represented Pennsylvanians injured in slip and fall accidents. If you have fallen and suffered an injury due to the negligence of another, call (215) 274-0072 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.