Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Accident Law Firm
Handling serious premises liability cases in the Keystone State
Slip and fall accidents might not seem serious - until you've fallen and broken a hip or suffered a traumatic brain injury or another debilitating injury. Whether you sustained an injury on a slippery floor in a shopping mall or on an ice-covered sidewalk in winter, it's critical that you take your injury seriously right from the start. Call us today to get your claim started.
These personal injury cases happen more than you probably realize. Our experienced Pennsylvania lawyers at Marcus & Mack can work with you to make sure your slip and fall case receives the attention it deserves. You have a limited amount of time to take legal action after your accident. That's why it's critical you contact us immediately.
What is a slip and fall accident?
A slip and fall case generally refers to accidents in which someone slips or trips and falls down due to the negligence of another person or company. In particular, property owners have a legal obligation to make sure public spaces like sidewalks and parking lots do not contain anything that could result in an injury.
These premises liability accidents often involve someone slipping on wet or icy surfaces that the property owner failed to clean or maintain. These cases might sound straightforward, but they can often be complicated. Not every slip and fall accident is the fault of a property owner. But property owners or landlords sometimes will deny responsibility when they were clearly at fault. Contact our law firm immediately to find out if you have a case.
Why should I hire Marcus & Mack to handle my slip and fall accident?
When you have an aggressive attorney from Marcus & Mack on your side, you can dictate the terms of your case. You don't have to settle for accepting an offer that doesn't cover the true cost of your accident. You can demand more compensation and fight to hold the property owner accountable.
We know the legal system inside and out throughout Pennsylvania. Don't take chances with your future. Take action. Call (800) 488-0338. We offer a free case evaluation to all potential clients.
Frequently asked questions about slip and fall accidents
You have questions. Get the answers you need now from a law firm you can trust. Below are some of the most common questions we receive from slip and fall accident victims. If you do not see your specific question here - or even if you do - contact our law firm today.
What are hazards that lead to slip and fall accidents?
Slip and fall accidents happen for many reasons. Some of the most common causes for such accidents include:
- Wet floors - Whether water or another liquid was left on a floor accidentally or through neglect, such a hazard can be dangerous to people using the premises.
- Food spilled on floors - Restaurant workers have an obligation to remove food left on the floor or dropped accidentally.
- Icy sidewalks or parking lots - Many cities and towns in Pennsylvania have laws requiring property owners to remove ice and snow from sidewalks to keep the public safe.
- Lack of maintenance - Property owners must maintain their property and keep public places like sidewalks safe and free of hazardous objects.
- Loose stair railings - Staircases must have safe, secure railings for people to hold onto when walking up and down stairs. A broken railing, or lack of a railing, may be evidence of negligence in a slip and fall lawsuit.
- Unmarked hazards - Signs serve the purpose of warning people of potential safety hazards such as large potholes, maintenance work on a premises and wet floors that have recently been cleaned. Failure to mark the hazard may be evidence of negligence.
- Poor lighting - If you can't see an unmarked hazard due to poor lighting and you are injured, you may have grounds for a legitimate slip and fall accident case.
<Return to Top>
What should I do if hurt in a slip and fall accident?
- Seek emergency medical attention immediately. Don't try to diagnose yourself. Let a doctor or qualified medical professional evaluate you.
- Notify the property owner about the accident. Keep your comments to a minimum. An extensive statement may be used against you later in a slip and fall accident claim.
- Gather evidence. Take photographs of the accident scene, including the hazard. Obtain names and addresses of witnesses right away, before people leave the scene. Include names of store employees who witnessed the fall.
- Contact an attorney now. Timing is a key element of success in slip and fall cases. The investigation ideally should be launched immediately before evidence disappears and witnesses are harder to find. The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania also places a time frame on the initiation of legal proceedings. If you wait too long, you lose your right to pursue compensation. At Marcus & Mack, our experienced accident attorneys know how to investigate slip and fall accidents and hold the negligent individual or business accountable.
<Return to Top>
Where do slip and fall accidents commonly happen?
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, anytime in Cambria County, Blair County and other communities throughout Western and Central Pennsylvania. We accept cases throughout the state. Some of the most common places where such accidents occur include:
- Shopping malls
- Department stores
- Sports arenas
- Parking lots
The owners of these premises have an obligation to keep sidewalks, hallways and other areas used by visitors safe and free of hazards. When accidents happen here, don't assume the insurance company will fully compensate you for your injury without putting up resistance. Make sure you have an experienced lawyer on your side who understands the law and knows how to get results. Contact Marcus & Mack, aggressive Pennsylvania attorneys handling slip and fall cases and more.
<Return to Top>
Can I sue my landlord if I'm injured in my apartment?
Yes. However, filing a successful slip and fall accident lawsuit against your landlord can be complicated. You need to show the landlord or property manager was negligent in maintaining the property, and the negligence caused the injury. Landlords have a duty to properly maintain common areas. You have to show the landlord knew or should reasonably have known the premises were in an unsafe condition. In many cases, landlords claim they took reasonable steps to prevent accidents.
<Return to Top>
What can I do if I'm injured at a friend's house?
We understand the complex nature of these cases. You don't want to take legal action against your friend, but you also don't want to be saddled with thousands of dollars in medical bills and other expenses due to your slip and fall injury.
In handling these types of sensitive cases, we hear from people who express concerns that a legal claim will harm a friendship or create long-term animosity. What you should remember is that your friend's homeowner's insurance company is on the hook. Your friends will not have to take any money out of their pockets to pay for your injuries. As Pennsylvania lawyers, we negotiate aggressively with insurance companies on behalf of clients. We handle these cases with discretion so you won't lose a friend - and won't go broke due to your slip and fall accident.
<Return to Top>
What does premises liability mean?
"Premises liability" refers to a legal concept involving a property owner's legal obligation to maintain a safe property free of hazards. Under this legal principle, property owners can be held legally responsible if someone sustains a serious or fatal injury on their property.
People have a reasonable expectation of not getting hurt when they go on someone else's property, especially when that property is open to the public and owned by a business like a restaurant, shopping mall or sports arena.
Our accident attorneys thoroughly understand the state's complex premises liability laws and have a proven track record of success throughout Pennsylvania.
<Return to Top>