Think of all the places that you may visit in a day. How many steps you take, and all of the obstacles that you go over in a single day. When you take all of these into consideration it is amazing that more people are not injured on a daily basis. In part the reason behind our safety is that most property and store-owners are diligent, and make sure that their store and aisles are free from anything you may trip over. However, despite the majority of stores and businesses being safe, slip and fall accidents happen almost every day. Even here in the Philadelphia area, there is hardly a day that goes by without someone reporting a slip and fall because of a slippery floor or an unrepaired sidewalk. While many people make jokes about slip and fall accidents, they are nothing to laugh about, as they often result in severe injuries, which require medical treatment and care. If you or someone you love was hurt, Reiff & Bily can help you explore your legal options.
Our Pennsylvania slip and fall attorneys have been representing injury victims and their families for over 34 years. We are highly experienced in dealing with complex liability claims against property owners and their insurance companies, and make all reasonable efforts to fight for compensation while offering clients the support and legal guidance they need. To start discussing your claim in a free and private consultation, call our law offices at (800) 861-6708 today.
What type of Compensation Can You receive for a Slip and Fall Injury?
When an individual or business fails to repair or isolate known property hazards, they may be considered negligent and consequently be held liable for any resulting death or injury to visitors, residents, or patrons. Common injuries resulting from slip and fall accidents include:
Bones fractures are particularly common in slip and fall accidents. The wrists and arms are particularly at risk in a slip and fall accident, as it is a natural response for a person to put their arms in front of them before they fall. However, the wrists and the arms are not the only places that a person can suffer a fracture in a slip and fall accident. The hips and spinal cord are also susceptible to injury and fractures in the event of an accident.
Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions
These injuries are very common, particularly when a person falls backward and strikes their head on the cement or pavement. A slip and fall accident can result in a minor concussion to a traumatic brain injury. Often those who suffer from a traumatic brain injury or concussion report extended recovery times and often are unable to return to their former functioning.
Spinal Cord Injury
A Spinal Cord Injury, or SCI, is a devastating injury that is not uncommon when there is a slip and fall accident. The spinal cord plays an essential role in the human anatomical structure. In addition to providing support for the body, it also serves as a connective link between the brain and the rest of the body. In the case that the nerves that run along the spinal cord are pinched or severed, victims may face partial or total paralysis. Even in relatively minor injuries, a person may sustain nerve damage and or fractures in any one of the spinal column bones.
Many of these injuries require prompt medical care and treatment. In addition to the urgent medical care, many of these injuries will result in lengthy rehabilitation times and can cause ongoing physical, emotional, and financial problems for their victims. For example, people who become paralyzed due to spinal cord injuries may need to leave their jobs, submit to invasive and costly surgeries, and remodel their homes for access, and may struggle with psychological effects such as anxiety or depression. TBI is another common yet devastating consequence, with common effects ranging from loss of sensation, chronic pain, incontinence, personality changes, or difficulty speaking and communicating. Whatever sort of injury a slip and fall result in, the resulting hardships to the innocent victim are immense.
How Insurance Companies Deal with Premises Liability Cases
In many slip and fall cases, a property or business owner will attempt to make your accident seem less serious than it is, and will in some cases offer to pay for your injuries. In other cases, the business or property owner will offer payment through an insurance policy. While these payment methods may be a good short-term solution, many injuries from a slip and fall accident can last for years, or even for life. If you accept payment for your injuries directly from the business owner, this may preclude you from receiving compensation for your ongoing care. No matter if a business owner offers to pay you directly, or offers payment through an insurance policy, you should be wary before you sign any document. Many of these documents drafted by businesses and insurance agencies will bar you from seeking any other financial compensation. While these offers often seem attractive, and can seem even more so if a business threatens their own legal action, you should still be hesitant to sign away your rights. In addition, many of these businesses and insurance companies will seek to negotiate with you as quickly as possible, even before you have had a chance to seek medical attention. These sort of practices highlight the importance of speaking with a lawyer before you sign anything.
Accident Claims Our Attorneys Handle Regularly
Slip and fall accidents can be caused by virtually any property hazard, whether indoors or outdoors. However, while the causes vary, many incidents can be traced back to poor maintenance. Some of the more common causes include:
- Slippery or wet surfaces or floors
- Snow or ice
- Cracked or uneven pavements
- Dangerous steps or stairways
- Construction defects
- Insufficient lighting
- Unsafe railings or ramps
Regardless of the details of your slip and fall accident, it is important to be aware of your surroundings after an accident occurs. It may end up being very helpful for you take pictures of the site of the accident, or to fill out a detailed accident report if you suspect negligence or poor maintenance to be at fault. Our slip and fall lawyers handle claims involving both private and commercial property throughout Pennsylvania, including but not limited to:
- Office buildings
- Shopping malls
- Apartment buildings
- Parking lots
- Public buildings
- Amusement parks
Property owners and those who are responsible for overseeing or maintaining have an obligation to ensure that there is no unreasonably unsafe condition on their premises. In many instances, sheer laziness on the part of the property owner is the cause of an accident. If a property owner fails to maintain their property and their neglect results in a slip and fall, you may have sufficient grounds for a slip and fall claim
Our Lawyers Can Help if You Suffered a Slip, Trip or Fall in Philadelphia
As a victim of a slip and fall accident, your injuries may be more serious that you initially anticipated. You may have to take time off from work to recover, or even experience long-term or permanent disabilities from the accident. We have helped dozens of clients recover compensation for their losses following a slip and fall accident. Recovery may include compensation for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and other associated damages.
For instance, we obtained a $1.8 million dollar settlement in a recent slip and fall case where our client sustained multiple herniated discs from slipping on a sidewalk outside of a restaurant. In another $1.6 million dollar settlement, we were able to help a client who was severely injured following a slip and fall accident. Our client sustained spinal injuries that required a laminectomy, a lumbar fusion, and an autograft of the left iliac crest. These cases and results are specific to those particular clients, your situation may be similar. With over 90 collective years of extensive injury liability background, we aim to handle each unique client to the best of our ability.
If you have been seriously injured because of someone’s negligence, you are not alone and you have the right to file a personal injury claim. At Reiff & Bily, we know how difficult a serious injury can be, physically, emotionally, and financially, and will make every effort to help you recover compensation for your accident. To arrange for a completely free and confidential case evaluation, call our law offices at (800) 861-6708, or contact us online to get started exploring your legal options.