It depends. Slips and falls happen on a daily basis and often, they're attributed to a victim's own clumsiness or lack of attention. However, in some cases, slips and falls aren't caused by a victim's carelessness, but by a hazardous condition that a property owner failed to address.
In Pennsylvania, owners and managers are required to make their properties reasonably safe for visitors or tenets, or warn them of potential hazards.
Those who fail to maintain the safety of their properties may be held liable for accidents and injuries that occur as a result.
Simply being injured on someone else's property isn't enough to move forward with a premises liability claim, as victims and their attorneys must be able to show:
- The defendant owned, operated, or leased the property in question.
- The defendant's failure to appropriately maintain the property—or to warn of potential hazards—amounted to negligence.
- The plaintiff sustained injuries.
- Those injuries were a direct result of the defendant's negligence.
Even when slip-and-fall victims have grounds for a premises liability claim, they may wonder if their injuries are serious enough to warrant the hassle of going through the complex and often-frustrating personal injury legal process.
The answer differs for everyone. It depends on the severity of the injury and the effect it has on a victim's life. For example, a minor injury such as a bruised knee or elbow that required little-to-no medical treatment or time off work may be uncomfortable—but it probably isn't worth pursuing. Yet if the victim sustained a serious condition, such as traumatic brain injury, which requires extensive medical treatment and time away from work, moving forward with an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit may be beneficial.
Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you were seriously hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group can help you understand your legal rights and options. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.