Philadelphia Slip & Fall Accident Attorney
Slip and fall incidents account for roughly $34 billion in medical costs every year, and can cause some severe injuries as well. A person who slips and falls may suffer broken or fractured bones, and falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Slip and fall accidents are very common among elderly citizens. Every year, one out of every three people age 65 or older will fall. Older individuals are especially susceptible to falling injuries, as they are typically less resilient than younger people are.
Most slip and fall injury cases result from negligence in some capacity. Often, a property owner failed to address safety issues on their premises and someone is hurt as a result. Some of the most common causes of slip and fall injuries include:
- Liquid spills or wet floors that were not properly or adequately marked,
- Poor lighting in stairwells,
- Obstructions along foot travel paths and cluttered walkways,
- Rugs, carpets, or other tripping hazards,
- Improper or untimely snow and ice removal,
- Medical conditions such as impaired vision, vitamin D deficiency, and muscular weakness,
- Improperly fitted medical devices, such as walkers or crutches, and
- Poorly maintained structures – weak stairs, loose handrails, and broken or uneven steps.
This is not an exhaustive list, but you can see how the negligent actions of other people may contribute to or directly cause a slip and fall accident. Anyone who has suffered any injury as the result of such an incident needs to be aware of their rights and should turn to experienced legal representation to fight for them.
Proving Negligence in Slip and Fall Cases
Slip and fall cases typically revolve around the basics of personal injury law and premises liability. The victim, or plaintiff, will need to prove that the defendant caused the injuries through negligence. Proving negligence revolves around being able to establish three facts:
- The defendant owed the victim a duty to act with reasonable care. This means they take action and reasonable precautions so their actions and property do not pose a safety hazard to the public. An example would be to ensure that stairwells on their premises are properly maintained, well lit, and free of clutter.
- They breached this duty of care through some action, or in some cases, inaction. Following the previous example, if someone asks the property owner repeatedly to fix the lights in a stairwell to reduce the risk of falling and the owner did not take reasonable actions to address these concerns, the court may deem the owner negligent.
- The defendant’s breach of duty directly caused the victim’s injuries. The victim must be able to prove that the injuries would not have happened if the defendant had not been negligent, and that the injuries were the direct result of the defendant’s breach of duty to act with reasonable care. If the property owner leaves stairwell lights in disrepair and the victim falls as a result, the property owner would be liable for their injuries.
Property owners are required to furnish lawful visitors or occupants of their property with a hazard-free environment and address any safety issues in a timely manner. If they fail to do so, their carelessness can result in injuries, and an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney will be able to ensure that the victims receive just compensation for their ordeals, and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions (or in some cases, inaction).
At the Ciccarelli Law Offices, our Philadelphia injury attorneys have the experience to handle any type of slip and fall personal injury case. Victims should not need to pay for their medical expenses or pain and suffering on their own if another person or entity caused their injury through negligence. If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident in Philadelphia, reach out to our team if you have any questions or want to review the damages you may be able to collect.