Slip and fall is a serious safety concern in the United States. The National Floor Safety Institute reports that slip and fall accidents lead to a staggering 1 million E.R. visits on an annual basis. That’s an average of nearly 2,740 E.R. visits every single day.
We never think we will be the victims of a disaster, but the reality is that slip and fall can strike anytime, anywhere. These accidents can cause serious injuries, and slip and fall survivors often have to cope with physical wounds and emotional trauma as they try to recover. Because slip and fall injuries frequently lead to huge medical bills, struggling victims and their families are burdened by financial hardship at the worst possible time. It can quickly start to feel like you have nowhere to turn; but fortunately, that isn’t the case. The attorneys of Reiff & Bily are here to help you.
Reiff & Bily: Montgomery County Slip and Fall Attorneys
It is simply unjust that you and your loved ones should be forced to pay the price for an accident that was caused by somebody else. If your slip and fall accident was the result of substandard property maintenance or someone else’s negligence, you may have a strong premises liability claim. While a lawsuit cannot take away your injuries, financial compensation can help you cover your expenses and move forward with your life.
At the law offices of Reiff & Bily, we are seasoned attorneys with over 34 years of experience to bring to your case. Not only are we extensively experienced, we are dedicated to obtaining the very best results. We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for thousands of clients since 1979, and have won multiple awards greater than $1 million. When you need a skilled and aggressive legal team with a history of success on your side, Reiff & Bily will fight tirelessly to seek justice for all the suffering you and your family have endured. To schedule your free consultation, or if you have any questions about how our personal injury firm can help, call us today at (215) 274-0072.
Who Has Legal Liability for My Slip and Fall Accident?
Slip and fall accidents can be caused by almost any factor in the environment, whether natural (e.g. icy sidewalks) or artificial (e.g. loose cables). In either case, premises owners and operators have a legal obligation to keep their properties safe and hazard-free for customers, visitors, residents, and any others who may enter or come near the area. That could mean pruning tree branches, putting down salt to melt ice on sidewalks, cleaning up spills and wet patches, or any number of maintenance matters. If a property owner is aware of such a hazard or potential hazard, yet fails to take care of it, he or she may be liable for any personal injury or wrongful death that results.
Slip and Fall: Risk Factors and Common Injuries
Slip and fall hurts so many victims because it can be caused by almost anything. Some of the more common triggers for slip and fall accidents include:
- Broken Handrails
- Damaged/Uneven Flooring
- Icy/Uneven Walkways
- Unsecured Trip Hazards (Wires, Cables, Cords)
- Unstable Ladders
- Weak Lighting
Real-life slip and fall is nothing like the light-hearted depictions of banana peel accidents in cartoons. Slip and fall accidents can be extremely serious, and can cause debilitating injury or even wrongful death. Victims frequently sustain terrible and costly injuries, such as:
- Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Head/Neck Injuries
- Multiple Fractures
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Bone breaks and fractures frequently affect the feet and ankles, hands and wrists, or facial bones. If the victim strikes his or her head, the result can be permanent, life-altering traumatic brain injury. Survivors may have to cope with paralysis, nerve damage, or disfigurement resulting from facial injury.
Among the elderly, injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents (which often involve broken hips or pelvic damage) are particularly devastating. According to the CDC, falls are actually the number one cause of both fatal and nonfatal injury among people aged 65 and older. Falls are also the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries.
If you were hurt in a slip and fall accident in Montgomery County, or if a loved one was injured or wrongfully killed, someone may be liable for your pain and hardship. You could be entitled to significant financial compensation. If you’d like to talk privately about your accident with a Montgomery County slip and fall lawyer, call Reiff & Bily at (215) 274-0072, or contact us online. You have a limited time to file a claim after an accident, so call right away to learn more about how our firm can help.