Philadelphia Slip and Fall Injury Lawyer
On television and in movies, we’ve all seen exaggerated and comedic slips, trips and falls designed to give us a good laugh. But in real life, slips and falls are no laughing matter. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are hurt every year from falls, and tens of thousands die as a result of such accidents. For seniors in particular, a fall brings with it a serious risk of death.
While some falls may be unavoidable or are a result of a misstep or loss of balance, others are very much preventable. Many slip and fall injuries are caused by hazards and conditions that could have and should have been identified and fixed by property owners or others responsible for keeping their home or business safe for visitors and customers.
When a homeowner, business owner, or property manager fails to use the necessary care to maintain their property or warn others about potential hazards and someone falls and is injured as a result, Wilk Law stands ready to hold those owners responsible. We fight relentlessly to get our clients the compensation and help that can get them back on their feet. Call us at (855) 946-3678 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.
700,000 Fall Injury Americans Hospitalized Every Year
If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident, you are not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that:
- Over 700,000 Americans are hospitalized every year because of a fall injury.
- One out of five falls results in a severe injury.
- Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
- Every year, 2.5 million American seniors receive emergency room treatment for personal injuries caused by a fall.
Falls can be especially fatal for seniors. The National Safety Council reports that falls are the third-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in the U.S. In 2014 alone, nearly 32,000 Americans died in falls.
How Slips and Falls Happen in Philadelphia
Of course you can fall anywhere, and some people even trip over their own feet. However, many falls occur in places where the hazards are the result of the neglect or indifference of those in charge of the property. Common causes of slip and fall injuries include:
- Cracked or uneven sidewalks or pavement
- Unremoved snow, ice, or debris on a sidewalk or in a parking lot
- Uneven, defective, or damaged stairs or railings
- Poor or inadequate lighting
- Spills at restaurants, grocery stores or other places of business which have not been cleaned up or which were cleaned without sufficiently marking the area as being wet;
- Items, objects, or debris left on the floor or ground which obstruct areas of traffic.
Premises Liability Claims for Slip and Fall Accidents
In Pennsylvania, the legal concept of “premises liability” forms the basis of slip and fall injury claims by people who get hurt because of property hazards. But whether a slip and fall victim can recover compensation for their injuries based on this concept can be complicated. Not only is the property owner’s conduct at issue, but so too is the identity of the claimant and the circumstances of how and why they are on the premises where they got hurt.
Arrange Your Free Consultation With an Experienced Philadelphia Slip and Fall Injuries Law Firm Today
At Wilk Law, we understand the complexities and nuances of Pennsylvania premises liability law and have the experience and advocacy skills to hold property owners accountable for slip or trip and fall injuries caused by their negligence.
If you’ve been hurt in a slip and fall injury while on another’s property, please call Wilk Law to discuss your situation. At your free initial consultation, we will listen to your story, get a complete picture of what happened and where it happened, and advise you of your options. You pay nothing until and unless we obtain compensation for you, so there is no reason not to reach out to us. Please call Wilk Law today at (855) 946-3678, or contact us online.