Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer Bucks County
When owners of a property fail to ensure that their premises are safe and free from defects, people who happen to be on these premises get injured. One of the more common ways this can happen is by means of a slip and fall or trip and fall. Many cases of slip/trip and falls cause serious injuries and send thousands of people to the hospital each year. If you’ve been injured in a slip/trip and fall accident, whether in a store, restaurant, hotel, bank, apartment, or any property owned by another, you will need the assistance of an experienced slip and fall lawyer to help you secure compensation. With over 75 years of combined experience, Velter, Yurovsky, & Zoftis LLC are prepared to provide you with that assistance.
In order to secure compensation from the at-fault party, it must first be established that a hazardous or defective condition on their property caused the injury. There are a wide variety of hazards and/or defects which may result in slip/trip and fall injuries including, but not limited, to improper cleaning, unlabeled wet floors, poor lighting, uneven pavements, weather conditions such as snow or ice, and foreign objects. In addition to showing that the hazard/defect was present on the premises, it must also be shown that the hazard/defect resulted in the injuries in question. The experienced Personal Injury Lawyers at Velter, Yurovsky & Zoftis, LLC, use medical records, police reports, photographs and/or video surveillance, witness testimony, and other evidence to prove their case
A somewhat more complicated matter, equally necessary for securing compensation is that of “Notice”. The owner of the premises is said to have “notice” either if they knew of the hazard/defect’s existence (actual notice), or if they should have known (constructive notice) of the hazard/defects presence. Actual notice is usually more difficult to prove, except in cases where the owner or their employees actually caused the hazard, or when the hazard occurs at such a high frequency that the owner knows of its routine nature. Constructive notice occurs when the owner fails to take due diligence to ensure that no such hazards/dangers exist on their property and endangers the public. The amount of time the hazard/defect existed on the property prior to causing an accident is a major factor in establishing constructive notice, as it is the owner’s duty to routinely inspect any premises used by the public for such hazards.
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Lastly, the reason why you were on the premises is of considerable importance to your ability to recover. Depending on whether you are classified as an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser on the premises, the owner owes a different level of duty to you. An invitee is owed the highest standard of duty and is defined as a person on the premises in order to confer an economic benefit to the owner of the premises, such as a shopper at a supermarket. A licensee is owed the next highest standard of duty and includes any person on the premises who is legally allowed to be there but is not conferring an economic benefit to the owner. This includes social guests, law enforcement officers, and postal workers. Finally, a trespasser is somebody who has no legal right to be on the premises. The owner need not make the premises reasonably safe for a trespasser. However, a property owner must not intentionally inflict injury on a trespasser. Children are owed a higher duty of care, regardless of whether they are considered trespassers.
Have you been injured in a slip/trip and fall accident while on somebody else’s property? Ready to discuss your options with an expert Slip and Fall Attorney? Call Velter, Yurovsky, & Zoftis LLC at (215) 969-3004 to schedule a free consultation, or Email Us for a prompt and informative response.
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