Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer Philadelphia
Serving Bucks County, Northeast Philadelphia, and Montgomery County
When owners of a property fail to ensure that their premises are safe and free from defects, people on these premises get injured. One of the more common ways this can happen is through a Slip and Fall or trip and fall. Many Slip and Falls cases cause severe injuries and send thousands of people to the hospital each year.
Suppose you've been injured in a Slip and Fall accident, whether in a store, restaurant, hotel, bank, apartment, or any property owned by another. In that case, you will need the help of an experienced Slip and Fall Lawyer to help you secure compensation.
With over 75 years of combined law experience, we or prepared to provide you with that help.
Usually, it is easier to prove constructive notice in slip and fall cases.
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 that may result in slip and fall injuries, including, but not limited to:
- Improper cleaning
- Unlabeled wet floors
- Substandard lighting
- Uneven pavements
- Weather conditions such as snow or ice
- Foreign objects
In addition to showing that the hazard/defect was present on the premises, it also must be demonstrated that the hazard/defect resulted in the injuries in question. The Personal Injury Lawyers at Velter Yurovsky Zoftis Sokolson, LLC, use:
- Medical records
- Police reports
- 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/defect's 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 before causing an accident is a significant factor in establishing constructive notice, as the owner has to routinely inspect any premises used by the public for such hazards.
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Lastly, the reason you were on the premises is of considerable importance to your recovery ability. 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 to confer an economic benefit on 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 not confer an economic benefit to the owner.
This includes social guests, law enforcement officers, and postal workers.
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. But, 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 and Fall accident while on somebody else's property? Ready to discuss your options with an expert Slip and Fall Lawyer? Call Velter Yurovsky Zoftis Sokolson, LLC at (215) 969-3004 to schedule a free consultation.
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