SLIP AND FALL
gunther & patel law
HARRISBURG AREA LAWYERS
FOR SLIP AND FALL INJURIES
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, you need an experienced and dedicated lawyer on your side when you file a personal injury claim. Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation.
Under premises liability law, a guest is considered an “invitee” to the property and is legally given a high amount of protection. An invitee is anyone who is there for the benefit of the property owner. As an invitee, property owners owe the highest duty of care. Before an invitee is admitted onto the property, the property owner should make a reasonable attempt to inspect the property for any hazards and address them. If a hazard cannot be fixed immediately, then they need to warn all guests about it and keep them away from the area.
Slip and fall accidents are a common occurrence in many different settings. Some of the places where these accidents may happen include outdoor areas such as sidewalks and decks, as well as indoor spaces like stairs, elevators, and escalators. Businesses such as restaurants, bars, gas stations, and retail stores can also be potential hazards.
Additionally, places where people gather for entertainment, such as sports facilities, theaters, and amusement parks, may pose a risk. Furthermore, slip and fall accidents can happen in worksites, medical treatment facilities, old buildings, unfinished basements, and apartment complexes. Even places like hotels, casinos, and swimming pools, as well as nursing homes and assisted living facilities can be hazardous.
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, but some of the most common places where they occur include:
- Wet or slippery surfaces, such as floors that have been recently mopped or waxed, or floors that are wet from rain or snow.
- Uneven surfaces, such as cracked sidewalks or stairs with missing handrails
- Cluttered or cluttered areas, such as cluttered aisles in stores or obstructed walkways, such as those with debris or objects left in the middle of the path.
- Poorly lit areas, which can make it difficult to see potential hazards.
- Outdoor areas during inclement weather, such as icy parking lots or wet leaves on sidewalks.
In general, the value of a slip and fall case will depend on several factors, including the severity of the injuries, the medical expenses incurred, the lost wages resulting from the accident, and the impact the injuries have had on the victim’s quality of life.
To determine the value of a slip and fall case, it may be helpful to consider the following factors:
- The extent of the injuries: More severe injuries, such as broken bones or head injuries, will generally result in a higher settlement or award.
- The medical expenses incurred: This includes not only the cost of initial treatment, but also any ongoing medical care that may be required as a result of the injuries.
- Lost wages: If the victim was unable to work due to the injuries sustained in the fall, the value of the case may include lost wages.
- The impact on the victim’s quality of life: This may include things like pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress.
It is important to note that the value of a slip and fall case can vary widely and will depend on the specific circumstances of the case.