Pedestrians who navigate the walkways of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania are subject to many obstacles and hazards that lead to injury. You could sustain a major injury by walking down your own street. Slip and fall accidents can lead to lasting injuries, unforeseen future effects, and the financial burden of lost wages and overwhelming medical bills. Unfortunately, accidents can be caused by the negligence of another party. If you sustain serious injuries caused by another’s negligence, a court may award you damages. If you need legal representation because of a slip and fall accident, contact Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C.
Pennsylvania slip and fall accidents
Pennsylvania slip and fall accidents happen regularly. If you have sustained serious injuries because of a slip and fall, you need to consider your legal options in order to protect your future. Most slip and fall accidents happen on walking surfaces, including streets, sidewalks, or parking facilitates. Slip and fall accidents can be the result of conditions, including:
- Snow, ice, standing water
- Potholes, uneven pavement, and cracked surfaces
- Poor lighting
- Debris, oil, and other hazards left unattended
Pennsylvania premises liability laws
Pennsylvania state laws require a property owner to reasonably keep their walking surfaces clear of hazards. If a property owner knew or should have known about hazardous conditions, they may be held responsible for your serious injuries. Most municipalities have laws that mandate when weather-related conditions should be cleared after a storm. Accordingly, other hazards are supposed to be cleared in a timely fashion. If you have been injured on municipal property, your rights are the same. The process of filing a lawsuit may be different. Under the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, a municipality can be liable for personal injury if a person was injured because of a municipal vehicle, on municipal property, on personal property under the care of a municipality, by trees, traffic control devices or signs, poorly maintained streets, dangerous sidewalks, and the negligence in the care, custody, and control of animals. Suing a municipality is a complicated matter. The guidelines for filing a slip and fall claim can be strict and the legal standard is quite high.
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important that you collect evidence if you can. Obviously, your first action should be to call for medical help. Calling for medical attention helps your case and your health. Not only will a medical professional tend to your needs, they will document the injury, the location, and a general time of the accident. If you are able, take pictures of the hazard that caused your injury. Especially with weather-related conditions, collecting evidence may be time sensitive. If there were witnesses to the accident, ask them for their contact information to later corroborate your claim.
Contact a Pennsylvania personal injury law firm
Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C. serves Pennsylvania with dedication and experience. Our firm works with clients facing slip and fall matters of all kinds. Whether you were injured on a street, sidewalk, or parking lot, you need an effective attorney to ensure that you receive just compensation. If you need our legal services, contact Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C. for a consultation.