It’s happened to all of us. Have you ever slipped on a wet floor in the supermarket, tripped over a misplaced toy or other object, stumbled on an icy sidewalk? If you have, you are like most Americans. Our Lancaster Slip and Fall lawyers have over 25 years of experience representing injured accident victims just like you.
Far too often, however, slip and fall leads to serious personal injuries, from sprains and soft tissue damage-to broken bones-to paralysis, brain injury and wrongful death. Slip and fall injuries occur in and around malls, supermarkets, office buildings, stadiums, theaters, and virtually any other place of public accommodation.
Types of Slip, Trip and Falls
Every day, our Lancaster Slip and Fall Lawyers are presented with slip and fall injury cases arising from:
- Wet floors
- Ice or snow on the pavement
- Improper Lighting
- Improper Signage
- Inadequate or Missing Handrails
- Improperly secured merchandise or equipment
- Elevator, Escalator or Lift Accidents
- Animal attacks
Moreover, as the population has continued to age, and more and more adults enter nursing homes, a slip & fall lawyer sees more and more cases arising from slip and fall injuries occurring at nursing homes than ever before. According to the Center for Disease Control,
- More than 33% of adults aged 65 and older fall each year;
- Of those who fall, 20% to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard to get around or live alone and increase the chance of early death; and
- Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes.
When a senior citizen falls, the likelihood of serious injury increases exponentially as well, and the recovery time may be expected to be much longer than the average recovery time. A broken hip, for example, can be a devastating injury for any slip and fall victim, but elderly adults may never recover from such an injury.
The obligations of property owners to those injured through slip and fall accidents depend upon where the accident occurred and whether the victim had a right to be on the property in question, as well as a host of other factors. If you suffered a slip and fall injury, Haggerty & Silverman’s highly experienced and dedicated Lancaster, Pennsylvania based slip and fall attorneys can help to ensure that your rights are protected. We have represented slip and fall plaintiffs in state and federal court, and we are proud to say that we have obtained verdicts in excess of $1 million for our clients, as reflected in our membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious organizations in the United States dedicated to excellence in trial advocacy.
To determine whether or not you have a slip and fall injury case please complete our online personal injury case form and a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney will contact you promptly. Alternatively, we invite you to call a personal injury attorney at 888.243.4326 for a free consultation. If you have additional questions please utilize the free personal injury information center provided by the American Justice Network.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I sue my employer if I fall at work?
A: More likely than not, you will not be able to sue your employer if you fall at work as injuries sustained while working are covered under workers’ compensation laws.
Q: What if I did not fill out an accident report when I fell?
A: You should fill out an accident report at the time of the incident with as much information as possible including witnesses names, contact information and photos.
Q: What compensation may I be eligible for in a slip and fall injury?
A: You may be eligible for medical bills, wage loss, pain & suffering and potential future medical expenses.
Q: What is comparative negligence?
A: This refers to the law that governs all negligence accidents in Pennsylvania. It basically states that if the person bringing the claim is more negligent than the person/entity who is claimed to have caused the injury, then the person is not entitled to recover.
Q: How long do I have to decide to bring a claim?
A: In Pennsylvania and New Jersey the statute of limitation is 2 years from the date of incident.