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Navigating Slip and Fall Injuries in Pennsylvania Your Complete Legal GuideNavigating Slip and Fall Injuries in Pennsylvania Your Complete Legal Guide

Navigating Slip and Fall Injuries in Pennsylvania: Your Complete Legal Guide

September 13, 2023

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim

Navigating Slip and Fall Injuries in Pennsylvania Your Complete Legal GuideNavigating Slip and Fall Injuries in Pennsylvania Your Complete Legal Guide

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, individuals who own or manage a business are entrusted with an essential responsibility—ensuring the safety of everyone who steps foot onto their premises. Regrettably, negligence and failure to adhere to the state's safety codes are common, causing a significant number of slip and fall accidents each year. If you find yourself injured due to someone else's negligence, partnering with a personal injury attorney from van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim in Philadelphia can make a pivotal difference in your pursuit of justice.

Locations with High Risk of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall incidents predominantly occur in bustling environments where the property owner or management team struggles with time management, sufficient supervision, or adequate resources to keep the area hazard-free. Locations where these accidents frequently happen include, but are not limited to:

  • Supermarkets and Grocery Stores
  • Shopping Malls
  • Sports Arenas and Stadiums
  • Casinos
  • Dining Establishments
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Theme Parks and Amusement Facilities

Identifying the Common Causes

While the root cause may differ, the majority of slip and fall incidents happen due to a property owner's failure to address glaring issues. Frequent culprits for such accidents include:

  • Tattered or ripped carpeting
  • Damaged or uneven flooring
  • Malfunctioning stairs and unstable railings
  • Inadequate lighting conditions
  • Obstructed pathways
  • Accumulated snow and ice
  • Slippery surfaces due to spills or cleaning
  • Improperly arranged or stacked merchandise

Populations Most Vulnerable

Failure to rectify the above issues can result in severe repercussions, particularly for specific demographic groups like children, individuals with disabilities, and the senior population. Common injuries often include:

  • Concussions and other forms of head injuries
  • Contusions, abrasions, and superficial wounds
  • Broken wrists and hands
  • Dislocated shoulders
  • Hip fractures
  • Injuries to the face and jaw

Pennsylvania law imposes a heightened responsibility on business owners toward individuals they invite onto their property for commercial reasons. To qualify as an "invitee" and therefore be entitled to this enhanced level of care, the injured party must prove:

1. An invitation, explicit or implicit, to enter the property was extended.

2. The reason for being on the property was linked to the owner's business operations.

3. The presence of the injured party provided some form of benefit—financial or otherwise—to the property owner or their business.

Once an injured party is classified as an invitee, the court proceeds to evaluate:

  • Whether the property owner satisfactorily warned the invitee of concealed or latent hazards they were or should have been aware of
  • Whether the property owner had a reasonable window of opportunity to rectify the said hazards

Statute of Limitations Specifics

Time is of the essence when it comes to filing a slip and fall claim in Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth enforces a statute of limitations, which is essentially a deadline for initiating legal proceedings. For slip and fall cases, you have two years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit. Missing this deadline can severely jeopardize your ability to claim any damages, irrespective of the merits of your case. Exceptions to this rule are exceedingly rare and typically involve unique circumstances, like the injured party being a minor or mentally incapacitated. It's crucial to consult with a qualified attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your claim is filed within the requisite time frame.

Financial Repercussions and Available Damages

Victims of slip and fall incidents often grapple with exorbitant medical bills, loss of income, and emotional distress. The law in Pennsylvania allows you to claim various forms of damages, provided you initiate the legal proceedings within a two-year window from the date of the incident. You may be eligible for:

1. Compensation for medical expenses

2. Reimbursement for damaged property

3. Recovery of lost wages and potential future earnings

4. Monetary relief for pain, emotional suffering, and diminished quality of life

Contact van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim Today For a Free Consultation About Your Slip and Fall Accident

When it comes to slip and fall claims in Pennsylvania, time and expertise are of the essence. At van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim, we don't just represent you; we champion your right to compensation with an unwavering commitment. Our seasoned personal injury lawyers are proficient in navigating the complexities of Pennsylvania's legal landscape, ensuring that your claim meets all statutory requirements and deadlines.

With a track record of securing substantial settlements and verdicts for our clients, our legal team is uniquely positioned to provide personalized, results-driven legal strategies. From the moment you schedule your free initial consultation, we engage fully to understand the nuances of your case, counsel you on your best legal options, and tirelessly work to maximize your entitled compensation. Contact us today and take the first confident step towards reclaiming your life.


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