While out walking, you should always be aware of your surroundings and cautious of where you walk. This is because some walks can, unfortunately, end in injury. While this may occasionally be solely due to clumsiness, other times it is as a result of unmaintained property conditions. Accidents may happen if a property is not taken care of by the party that is obligated to look after it. This may result in injuries such as concussions, broken bones, brain injuries, and more. While seeking medical attention is the most important thing after an accident, finding legal representation is also important.
Examples of Accidents
Many accidents occur in places like sidewalks, streets, parking lots, etc. A pedestrian may become injured from a slip and fall accident for several reasons. Possible factors may include:
- Sidewalk damages
- Weather conditions (snow, ice, standing water)
- Potholes, uneven pavement, cracked surfaces
- Loose debris
- Hazardous materials
- Slippery substances
If an individual is injured as a result of one of these factors, they may have a legal case against the property owner. The state of Pennsylvania requires property owners to keep any walking areas hazardous free. Like many other states, Pennsylvania municipalities have certain laws that order property owners when to clean up poor weather conditions. Other hazards typically have similar windows of time. A successful case may not exist if an individual is injured during that period of time, as it was a risk to walk during that time. If an injury occurs after that window of time, the property owner could be held liable for the injury.
Proving that someone else is responsible for your injury can be a difficult task, which is why it is important to have a skilled attorney. One of the most crucial parts of investigating a slip and fall accident is to understand who is meant to care for the property you were injured. This may be a private citizen, public store, private company, or even a municipal property. The Political Subdivision Torts Claims Act may hold a municipality reliable to a personal injury in certain cases.
In a successful case, the injured party must prove that the owner of the property they were injured on was negligent and did not care for their property. In order to do this, the injured and their attorney must work together to provide any evidence that shows the property owner know, or should have known about, the poor conditions of their property and did nothing to fix it. Such evidence may include medical documentation of your injury, pictures of the property, and any witness to the accident.
If an individual wins their case, they may be eligible for financial compensation. This may include:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future wages
- Medical bills as a result of the injury
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
If you have been injured as a result of poor property conditions and wish to speak with an attorney about your best course of action, contact the Law Offices of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C. today.