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Protecting Your Rights: Seeking Compensation for Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and falls occur when there is a dangerous defect on someone’s property that should have been remedied.

These instances are preventable and are a result of the negligence of the property owner. If you or someone you love has been involved in a slip-and-fall circumstance, you may be entitled to compensation.

Slip and Fall Injuries in Pennsylvania: A Legal Perspective 

In Pennsylvania, slip and fall accidents are a common basis for personal injury claims. These incidents occur when a person slips, trips, or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else's property. As an attorney specializing in personal injury law, it is my responsibility to help those injured due to such negligence understand their rights and the legal remedies available to them. 

The Legal Framework 

Pennsylvania premises liability law requires property owners to maintain their premises in a safe condition. This obligation extends to both residential and commercial property owners and covers a wide range of potential hazards, from wet floors to icy walkways. 

Duty of Care 

Property owners owe different levels of duty of care to visitors depending on their status: 

  • Invitees: Individuals invited onto the property for business purposes, such as customers, are owed the highest duty of care. 

  • Licensees: Guests who are on the property for social reasons are owed a lesser duty of care. 

  • Trespassers: Property owners generally owe no duty of care to trespassers, with the exception of certain protections for children. 

Proving Liability 

To establish liability in a slip and fall case, the injured party must demonstrate that: 

  1. The property owner had a duty of care to the injured person. 

  2. The property owner breached that duty by allowing a dangerous condition to exist. 

  3. The breach of duty caused the accident and the resulting injuries. 

Comparative Negligence 

Pennsylvania follows a comparative negligence rule, which means that if the injured party is found to be partially at fault for the accident, their compensation may be reduced proportionally to their degree of fault. If they are found to be more than 50% responsible, they may be barred from recovering any compensation. 

Statute of Limitations 

In Pennsylvania, there is a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including slip and fall cases. This means that legal action must be initiated within two years from the date of the accident. 

Steps to Take After a Slip and Fall Accident 

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important to: 

  • Seek medical attention immediately. 

  • Report the accident to the property owner or manager. 

  • Document the scene and your injuries. 

  • Collect contact information from witnesses. 

  • Consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options. 

Conclusion 

Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries and significant financial burdens. Understanding the legal principles that govern these cases in Pennsylvania is crucial for injured parties seeking compensation. As an attorney, my goal is to ensure that my clients receive the full protection of the law and are fairly compensated for their losses. 

For those who have suffered a slip and fall injury, it is advisable to consult with a qualified personal injury attorney to evaluate the specifics of your case and to guide you through the legal process. 

This summary provides an overview of slip and fall law in Pennsylvania. If you need further assistance or have specific questions, please feel free to ask. 

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