Slip and Fall
There are many things that can make a simple, flat surface a dangerous place. Spills, cracks, holes, rain, loose carpets and rugs, leaking water, shifts in the Earth and many, many other factors can turn space we would normally walk across without a thought into a minefield that can result in broken bones and internal injuries.
The property owner often had a duty to prevent these accidents from happen. When they fail and you suffer as a result, you may seek to be compensated.
Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyer
No one anticipates a slip and fall accident, but the results can be devastating. If you’ve been injured in a store, business or someone else’s property, a Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer can help you recover for your injuries. At Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC, our personal injury attorneys take on insurance companies to get our clients the best possible compensation. Call us today at (215) 665-1695 to set up a consultation.
We represent the victims of slip and falls throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We are based in Philadelphia and serve clients in the surrounding areas of Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Chester Counties.
Duty for Pennsylvania Property Owners to Avoid Slip and Falls
A store or other business has the highest duty to its customers and clients to protect them from potential dangers. If either is open to the public for customers to come in, or has invited clients to meet and do business with them, they have a duty to regularly check their premises for potential dangers, and then immediately either fix the danger or warn customers of it.
For instance, a grocery store has a duty to frequently check their aisles for spills and other potentially harmful conditions. Store employees should be regularly looking through for spilled juice or oil, grapes, seeds or nuts that have fallen to the floor and anything else a customer could slip on.
If a customer drops a gallon of milk and five seconds later another customer walks around the corner and slips, the store may not be liable. But if it stands for five minutes, the store may be in trouble. An employee should have seen it, posted a sign and then mopped it up.
After mopping is another critical point. After a floor has been mopped, it is slick. If a store or office fails to put up a “Wet Floor” sign, they will likely be liable if a customer or client slips.
Hosts have less of a duty to houseguests, but must warn them of dangers they know about.
Damages for Slips and Falls in Philadelphia
A slip and fall can have a wide range of damages, even if you don’t fall far. A quick fall just a few feet onto a hard surface can easily break bones. You may suffer permanent injuries that can severely disrupt your ability to work and enjoy life as a result.
Worse, a fall can cause back injuries, neck injuries and even traumatic brain injuries, which can leave you paralyzed or severely disabled. A fall can even cause a hemorrhage in the brain that could lead to death.
After an accident you may be able to recover both economic damages, like hospital bills, lost wages and lost ability to work, and noneconomic damages, like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment in life.
Taking on Insurance Companies After a Pennsylvania Slip and Fall
Most businesses and commercial properties and many homeowners carry liability insurance, meant to protect them in case of a claim. If you are seeking to recover after a slip and fall, you will be dealing with the insurance company.
The insurance company is likely to lowball you on a settlement, or may claim you have no cause of action. Don’t believe them or accept their settlement offer. A Philadelphia premises liability lawyer can negotiate for you. If they don’t offer a satisfactory settlement, Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC will take them to court.
Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC | Philadelphia Slip and Fall Attorney
Our tough trial lawyers at Alva & Shuttleworth, LLC can take on insurance companies and anyone responsible for your damages. A Philadelphia slip and fall attorney can make the difference between being fully compensated and getting nothing at all. Call us today at (215) 665-1695 to set up a consultation.