Easton Slip & Fall Lawyers
Advocating for Injured Victims Since 2008
Although slip and falls are some of the most common accidents, many people are hesitant to bring a personal injury claim. They may believe that their fall could not have been prevented or that it was their own fault. While this is certainly true in some instances, the vast majority of slip and falls occur due to property owner negligence.
If you slipped, tripped, or fell on someone else’s property—whether public or private—and suffered injuries and damages as a result, you may have grounds for a premises liability claim. Our Easton slip and fall lawyers can help you determine whether a property owner acted negligently and if this negligence led to your accident. If so, we can help you seek the fair compensation you are owed for your damages.
When Is a Property Owner Liable for a Slip & Fall Accident?
Generally speaking, property owners in Pennsylvania have a duty to maintain their properties and keep them reasonably safe for visitors, customers, employees, renters, and anyone else who may be lawfully on the property. This means that property owners (or another party responsible for maintaining the premises, such as a property manager) must keep their premises free of unreasonable hazards or, at the very least, adequately warn of such hazards.
A property owner can be held liable for a slip and fall accident if:
- A dangerous condition existed
- The property owner knew of or should have known of the condition
- The property owner did not take reasonable steps to fix, repair, or warn of the condition
- You were injured as a result of the dangerous condition
- You suffered measureable damages
Examples of dangerous property conditions include:
- Spilled merchandise or liquids
- Accumulated ice/snow
- Insufficient or lack of lighting
- Unsafe stairs/stairwells
- Cluttered walkways and aisles
- Uneven floors
- Ripped or torn carpeting
- Defective sidewalks
This list is not exhaustive; many other dangerous conditions can exist, all of which may lead to a slip, trip, or fall.
What to Do If You Are Injured in a Slip & Fall Accident
In order to protect your right to potential compensation, it’s important that you take certain steps after the accident. First and foremost, seek medical attention for your injuries. Even if you believe you are not severely injured, you may not realize the extent of your injuries and having documentation that you saw a doctor may prove important to your case. If possible, take pictures of the hazardous condition that caused the accident, as well as pictures of your injuries. Take down statements from any witnesses that may have seen what happened and get the property owner’s information. Then, contact an experienced slip and fall lawyer in Easton. These cases can be complex and the property owner’s insurance provider may try to argue that you were at fault for the accident. It’s a good idea to have a skilled Easton slip and fall attorney on your side. Meshkov & Breslin can help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries. We have been serving clients throughout Lehigh Valley for well over a decade; we know how these cases work and we know how to fight for you.
Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Law FAQ:
Q. How many slip and fall cases actually go to trial? In most situations slip and fall cases will settle out of court. This is largely because in situations where fault is clear and the injured party has a lawyer representing them, the responsible party will usually save money by settling out of court rather than paying legal fees to go to trial. However, it is not unheard of for slip and fall cases to go to court.
Q. What is the slip and fall statute of limitations? Pennsylvania's statute of limitations for slip and fall cases is the same as their general statute for personal injury claims: 2 years from the date of the accident.