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“They Will Fight, So You Have to Fight. And We Will Help You Fight”

Never sign anything without speaking to a lawyer first. Period. One of the first things many businesses or institutions will do is try every trick in their arsenal to keep from getting sued. The offers may come wrapped in sympathy and friendly smiles, but fairness and just recompense is the last thing on their minds.

Many businesses and other institutions are prepared to fight against any slip and fall lawsuit long before any slip and fall accident occurs. Many companies specifically train employees to offer sympathy without accepting blame, by saying things like, “I’m sorry this happened to you.” They are taught how to try and deflect liability away from the company, in ways that are often against the victim’s best interest. 

I Just Slipped And Fell. What Should I Do Next?

The primary factor in any personal injury case is negligence. It doesn’t matter where someone slips and falls. What matters is whether or not the cause of the fall was the result of someone’s negligence.

Some slip and fall accidents are just accidents, that while tragic, are no one’s fault. If a surprise ice storm makes a sidewalk slippery, and someone falls walking on it in the middle of the storm, that isn’t a case of negligence.

However, if it has been hours after the ice storm and a business has neglected to clear the sidewalk before opening for business, they could be at fault for knowingly leaving a hazard for customers to trip over.

Negligence, however, can be difficult to prove sometimes, and other times the legal definition may not always be in your favor. Talk to our attorneys to determine if your fall was due to someone’s negligence.

Our Offices are located at:

2536 North Broad Street
Suite 2D
Philadelphia PA 19132

Telephone: (215) 220-6310

Email: [email protected]

Where Do Philadelphia Slip And Fall Accidents Happen?

Workplace environments are often inherently unsafe. Even a job that is considered safe such as office work has its dangers. That’s why government agencies like OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) were formed. One of OSHA’s rules is that every business and workplace is required to have safety standards listed in a place that is easy for every worker to see.

This government agency has issued regulations that have kept millions of workers from being injured or killed across hundreds of industries. Most employers understand this and take proper precautions. Workers in most fields from the service industry to professional firms are regularly given instructions on how to keep the workplace safe, and how to keep themselves safe in work environments that they don’t control. The smart businesses take great pains to ensure that their workspace meets or exceeds every safety standard. However, not every company is bright.

What Can I do ?

Slip and fall accidents are frequent, and sadly can leave a victim seriously injured, permanently disabled, or even prove fatal. They are no laughing matter. Medical expenses can mount, and missed days at work can make an already stretched family budget finally break. Even an injury that doesn’t seem dangerous at first can end up leaving someone in a lifetime of pain or permanently disabled.

Do not take slip and fall accidents lightly, and do not trust any negligent party responsible for your fall to “do the right thing” for you and your family. Call a lawyer who specializes in slip and fall cases, and schedule a free consultation.

Hiring the right attorney will allow you to pay your medical expenses and take care of your family, rather than incurring bills because you are unable to work from injuries received in a slip and fall accident. Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, to anyone. It could be at work, at school, shopping, running errands, or even walking down the sidewalk. Sometimes, accidents happen. Other times, the slip and fall accident is the result of someone else’s negligence.

 


“They Will Fight, So You Have to Fight. And We Will Help You Fight”

Never sign anything without speaking to a lawyer first. Period. One of the first things many businesses or institutions will do is try every trick in their arsenal to keep from getting sued. The offers may come wrapped in sympathy and friendly smiles, but fairness and just recompense is the last thing on their minds.

Many businesses and other institutions are prepared to fight against any slip and fall lawsuit long before any slip and fall accident occurs. Many companies specifically train employees to offer sympathy without accepting blame, by saying things like, “I’m sorry this happened to you.” They are taught how to try and deflect liability away from the company, in ways that are often against the victim’s best interest.

 

 

Where do Slip and Falls Happen? 

Workplace Slip and Falls

Workplace environments are often inherently unsafe. Even a job that is considered safe such as office work has its dangers. That’s why government agencies like OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) were formed. One of OSHA’s rules is that every business and workplace is required to have safety standards listed in a place that is easy for every worker to see.

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This government agency has issued regulations that have kept millions of workers from being injured or killed across hundreds of industries. Most employers understand this and take proper precautions. Workers in most fields from the service industry to professional firms are regularly given instructions on how to keep the workplace safe, and how to keep themselves safe in work environments that they don’t control. The smart businesses take great pains to ensure that their workspace meets or exceeds every safety standard. However, not every company is bright.

Creating A Healthy Work Environment In Philadelphia

Some businesses fail to ensure a safe and healthy work environment or enforce safety standards. It could be that a lazy or sloppy manager prefers to poke fun at the safety rules rather than choosing to enforce them, or worse. Some companies knowingly cut corners or hire cheaper, unqualified labor to do jobs which places other workers in jeopardy.

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They also may understaff to the point that critical, yet often unappreciated, roles are left unfilled. Workplace slip and fall injuries aren’t limited to blue collar jobs, the service industry, or other fields requiring manual labor.

Offices that do not secure extension cords, have loose rugs and carpets that they know are a tripping hazard, or even leaving a spilled beverage on the floor of the employee lounge are all examples of known dangers that the managers or employer knew existed but did nothing about.

Maintain A Safe  Environment In Philadelphia

 

While any sort of injury can occur at a workplace, slip and falls are one of the most common. It doesn’t matter where a person works, an employer is required by law to provide and maintain a safe work environment. The same law applies to a mom & pop store, a school or a Fortune 500 corporation that has many employees. 

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No matter what life we live, we deserve to live it in safety. That isn’t to say life is without risk, but that any risk should be known to us, manageable, and acceptable. In other words, no one should have to be fearful of another’s negligence. It could be a concert, a trip to the corner deli, or taking a car in to be serviced, a neglectful business owner or careless employee forgetting a “wet floor” sign away from creating a situation where a slip and fall accident occurs.

Schools are just as prone to have slip and fall accidents as any other place. Sometimes even more so. Many of our schools are in a critical state of disrepair, and it’s no secret. Every other week we see a story about a school that discovered asbestos or is in dire need of repairs, or the crumbling American infrastructure, which includes parts of many school campuses, such as sidewalks.

Much is made over school safety these days, but one of the last things parents or school officials seem to think about is protecting our children from slip and fall injuries. Loose tiles, broken stairs, or the numerous other types of spills or tripping hazards are a part of our children’s daily routine at many schools. Even colleges and universities aren’t immune. Any child, of any age, deserves compensation for an injury received from a slip and fall accident no matter which school or higher learning institution they attend.

Time is a Factor

When you are injured in a slip and fall accident that is due to the negligence of another, do not hesitate to contact a slip and fall attorney who has the experience and will to fight for what you deserve. The city of Philadelphia only allows six (6) months for a claim to be filed in slip and fall accidents. Six (6) months may seem like plenty of time, but it isn’t. The longer you delay calling a lawyer, the less likely your claim will be successful.

Work Accidents

When it comes to slip, or trip, and falls an office worker can just as easily fall over an extension cord carelessly strung across an aisle as a construction worker on a cluttered work site.

Injuries in the workplace are common and it is why the Occupational Health and Safety Administration was created. OSHA recognizes the frequent occurrence of falls and has regulations on the subject in an effort to protect workers.

Employers are responsible to provide a safe work environment, including protection against careless slip and fall accidents. If you have been injured from a slip or trip and fall at work, and your employer failed to provide the necessary training or take precautions to mitigate the fall hazard, you might have a claim against the company.

School Slip and Falls

We send our children to school and college and trust they will be safe. This includes protecting the students against trip and falls. However, educational facilities do experience a fair amount of wear and tear. And the local government agencies often do not keep up with necessary maintenance.

If you or your child was hurt in a trip and fall at school due to the negligence of local officials and the school staff, you may have the basis for a claim. From areas like cafeterias and gyms are some likely areas, to uneven flooring, slippery stairs, broken sidewalks, or clutter on the floor, accidents can happen to students at any grade level, kindergarten to college.

Claims against a school can be tricky, and it is often a good idea to hire the best personal injury lawyer available to help you through the process.

Shops and Mall Accidents

Malls are large public places that receive a fair amount of foot traffic. And they are filled with glistening marble and hardwood floors, rubber entry mats, and hundreds of door thresholds. But polished marble becomes very slippery when wet. A raised edge of mud mats can catch a toe, as can a poorly built or designed threshold. All present potential trip or slip and fall hazards.

If you fall in a mall and suffer injuries because of the negligence of others, you may be able to recover your damages. But the legalities get complicated as the mall or the store owner could be the careless party depending on where and how the incident occurred. You must prove the alleged negligence against parties that are likely to fight back and vehemently resist your claim. An experienced slip and fall lawyer may be needed to deal with the complicated nature of mall claims.

Stairs

During stairway use, pedestrians view only the first and last three steps, with the rest of the stairway negotiated without looking. Therefore, the design and condition of the top three and bottom three steps are very important. And when there is a fall, it can be devasting as not only do you fall on the stairs, but it is also common to tumble to the bottom of the staircase.

For example, the risers and treads must meet specified sizes and they must all be equal. If one of the stair risers or treads is a different size due to a design or construction flaw, this can cause a toe to catch and trip a person going up, or a small tread can cause a foot to twist an ankle of a person heading down the stairs. Both of these incidents could be the basis for a claim if you are hurt in the resulting fall. Whether you should file against the contractor or designer is a difficult question, and the best personal injury lawyers can help you with these types of details if you are unsure how to proceed with your claim.

Another major stair issue is various contaminants (oil, water, snow, etc.) tracked onto the steps, making them slippery. If the stairs are in an area where tracking of contaminants is expected, the treads should be kept as clean as possible and they should be treated with anti-skid materials. If you slip on a set of stairs slippery from a contaminant, you may have a claim if the provisions necessary to keep the stairs safe were not taken.

There are a number of other regulations and recommendations to make stairs safe. It is the responsibility of the property owner to meet these regulations and guidelines to keep the stairs in safe, working condition. If you fall on a set of stairs and the staircase was not properly designed, built, or cared for, you would be wise to contact an experienced attorney as stair claims can be technical and thorny.

Elevators and Escalators

In our modern society we work, travel and recreate in big, wide open spaces like malls and airports that often contain escalators or elevators to move us through the facilities. As many as 90 billion riders are estimated to ride escalators each year. But these convenient tools to get us from floor to floor can present a hazard, too.

Malfunctioning escalators can cause serious injuries like lacerations, amputation, broken bones or head trauma. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, falls cause 75 percent of the nearly 6,000 escalator injuries that occur in the United States each year.

Issues like loose screws, broken steps, and missing teeth on moving plates can snag clothing. Too much space between the steps and sides can create gaps that grab and trap soft shoes, known as side entrapment. Once a victim’s shoes and clothing are snagged, the escalator is a massive, powerful piece of machinery and can impart serious injury.

If you are hurt in an escalator accident, things can become complicated. The parties responsible for operation and maintenance of the escalator need to be identified to file a claim. And the precise cause must be proved (poor maintenance, improper design, incorrect construction, etc.) to prove negligence. The issues involved are complex and it may be necessary to retain an experienced attorney.

Our Law Offices 

2536 N Broad Street #2D
Philadelphia PA 19132


Telephone:
 (215) 791-6700

Email: [email protected]

Hours: M-F: 8am – 11pm