Most people never expect to be involved in a serious accident, let alone an accident as seemingly inconsequential as a trip and fall. Indeed, a trip and fall accident often is minor, leaving the individual involved with no serious or long-term injuries.
But trip and falls also have the potential to be serious, and sometimes, trip and falls leave victims with life-long, permanent, and disabling injuries. At the law offices of van der Veen, Hartshorn and Levin, our Allentown trip & fall attorneys have represented clients harmed in serious trip and fall accidents and understand best practices for maximizing settlement amounts.
Please call us today if you’ve been harmed.
Liability for an Allentown Trip and Fall Accident
A trip and fall case is a type of personal injury claim. In a personal injury claim, the plaintiff (victim) seeks damages from the defendant (at-fault party). In order to recover damages, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant’s negligence was the direct cause of harm.
Before negligence–the breach of duty of care–can be established, the specific duty of care owed by the plaintiff to the defendant must be clarified. In Allentown, property owners have a duty to:
- Maintain their properties in a reasonably safe condition; and
- Remedy any known hazards within a reasonable amount of time.
For example, if a property owner notices that they have a broken stair on their property, they must fix this broken stair in a timely manner. This duty is owed to invitees and licensees – those who are on the property legally. The same duty is not owed to trespassers. If you were trespassing at the time of your trip and fall, call our lawyers to learn whether or not you have a case.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Trip and Fall Claim?
Whether you are filing a trip and fall claim against the insurer of a residential homeowner or a private company, or even a government entity, our lawyers believe that you should be compensated for the full extent of harm you have suffered. Trip and fall accidents often result in:
- High medical bills and future healthcare costs;
- Lost wages and a loss of earning capacity and potential benefits;
- Diminished quality of life; and
- Pain and suffering.
We will work hard to prove that the property owner’s breach of duty of care was the direct cause of your trip and fall and the extent and value of damages you have suffered. We are skilled negotiators who don’t back down in the face of tough insurance adjusters. We also have trial experience and are not afraid to litigate on your behalf.
Call our Allentown Trip & Fall Attorneys Today
A trip and fall accident can take a person by surprise and, in just a few seconds, change their life. If you have accumulated economic losses and bills and are suffering as a result of a trip and fall on someone else’s property, call our Allentown trip and fall lawyers today to learn whether or not you have a case. We offer free consultations and always work on a contingency fee basis.
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