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Property owners have a responsibility to ensure their premises are free of dangerous conditions for all customers and guests, which includes clearing walkways of all hazards and slippery substances including the ice and snow that has accumulated in uneven hills and ridges. If they fail to do so, serious injury may result. If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip or fall, the personal injury attorneys at Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC can help. Our legal team is dedicated to serving people throughout the community, as we’ve done for more than 40 years. Turn to us if you need a lawyer who will handle all aspects of your personal injury claim. Insurance companies have attorneys representing their interests, so should you.
Where do slip and falls usually occur?
Anyone who owns property — public or private — has a legal obligation to maintain certain standards of safety on that property. If a person suffers an injury and the property owner failed to meet those standards, the owner could be liable. These cases fall into the category of premises liability, which covers everything from hazardous conditions on a property to dog bite injuries.
Most injuries are the result of a slip or trip and fall, which can happen just about anywhere — at a supermarket, on a sidewalk, in parking lots and in stairwells. An injury can be caused by negligent maintenance of property, cracked pavement, insufficient lighting and inadequate signage warning of slippery floors or other dangerous conditions. Victims can experience injuries such as back problems, broken hips or even traumatic brain injuries. A fall at a nursing home can be particularly catastrophic, as many nursing home residents have preexisting conditions that can be exacerbated by the fall.
Proving fault in a slip and fall case
The biggest issue in slip and fall cases is proving liability on the part of the property owner. Whether a person is liable depends on many factors. Some of those factors include:
- Is the person injured a trespasser, licensee or invitee?
- Does the owner know or have reason to know that the condition involves an unreasonable risk of harm?
- Should the owner have discovered the dangerous condition?
- Did the owner fail to correct the danger or warn the injured person of the danger?
A personal injury lawyer helps you determine fault and pursues compensation from responsible parties and insurance companies. It’s important to note that the statute of limitations for slip and fall lawsuits in Pennsylvania is two years.
Set up your free initial consultation with our Pittsburgh lawyers
At Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC, we represent victims of slip and fall accidents across western Pennsylvania. We take these cases on a contingency basis, so you pay no attorney fees unless you recover compensation for your injuries. For a free initial consultation, call 724-266-0290 or contact us online.