Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyers
Premises liability claims, also called “slip and fall” accidents, are cases where a person suffers injuries as the result of a dangerous condition of a property. The claims usually involve the negligent maintenance, operation or design of a property.
These accidents may lead to claims against a property owner, a tenant in possession of the premises and/or a professional property manager who is hired as the owner’s agent to inspect, maintain and repair the property.
Premises liability claims come in many different forms: a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk that was not properly cleared; slipping on a wet floor surfaces in a store; tripping on a torn or deteriorated carpet; falls due to defectively designed stairs, railings or porches and falls caused by deteriorated or raised sidewalks.
Property owners are not automatically responsible just because someone is hurt on the property. The question is whether the property owner knew or should have known about the danger and took appropriate steps to correct or warn about the hazard.
In Pennsylvania, there is a higher duty of care to customers, who are known as “business invitees.” In those cases, the business has a duty to not only correct known dangers but to also affirmatively look for any dangerous conditions which pose a danger to customers.
Our office has successfully pursued hundreds of these cases and we regularly consult with experts in the fields of engineering, human factors and walkway surfaces to see if there was a breach of a building or property management code or standard that caused the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, we can help. Contact our office today for a free case evaluation and to review your legal options.