Trip & Fall
Although they may seem to be one of the more common and simpler personal injury situations, slip, trip, and fall cases are often very complicated and difficult liability claims to pursue. In Pennsylvania, the fact that you fell and were injured on someone else's property does not automatically make them responsible for your injuries.
To be successful in your claim, you must show that your injuries were caused by a dangerous condition of or on the property and that the person or business in possession and control of the property either caused the dangerous condition or had notice of the dangerous condition for a sufficient amount of time to have corrected it. The notice of the dangerous condition can be actual awareness or constructive notice based on the length of time the dangerous condition existed.Determining Who is At Fault for Your Injuries
Generally, it's difficult to show the possessor of the property caused the dangerous condition and most cases hinge on how long the danger existed. How long is long enough, you may wonder? That depends on a number of factors, including what the dangerous condition was, where it was, whether the possessor of the property was an individual or business, and whether the injured person was a trespasser, licensee, or invitee.
How do you prove that the danger was there long enough? Unless you have witnesses who saw the dangerous condition before the injury, proof often is circumstantial. Was the object or liquid dirty? Did it show signs of people walking on or through it before the injury?Contact Our Firm Today
If you are injured as a result of a Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Stroudsburg, Tunkhannock, Montrose or Milford slip and fall accident, or anywhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania, it is important to take notice of conditions surrounding your fall as soon as possible after it occurs and obtain the names of any witnesses who saw you fall. This is not always easy, as the slip and fall often results in embarrassment and injury, and your first thought may be to leave as soon as possible for home or to seek medical care. It is also important to report your injury to the possessor of the premises as soon as possible after your fall and to take photographs of the area where you fell and of what caused you to fall, in order to preserve important evidence which will often disappear in a very short time.
Although they can be difficult cases, slip, trip and fall cases can result in significant settlements or verdicts because of the serious injuries often suffered by those involved in this type of case. If you believe you have a slip and fall or trip and fall claim, please contact our office at (570) 483-0287 today.
We represent people in premises liability claims, slip and falls or trip and falls throughout Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties.