As the temperature drops, and snow and ice pile up on sidewalks and parking lots across the Philadelphia region, slip and fall accidents occur more frequently. Slip and fall accidents can be both dangerous and costly. Below are some guidelines on what actions to take following a slip and fall accident. It is important to be proactive and to know when to contact a lawyer.
What to Do if You Slip and Fall
The first thing you should do if you slip and fall is to take photos of the accident scene, note the address, and secure medical attention.
In addition, provide the below information when you speak with an attorney:
- A complete description of the accident including details such as how it happened, and where and when it happened;
- The injuries suffered and the consequences of those injuries (i.e. missed work, outstanding bills, continued therapy)
- Did you see the hazard before falling? If not, why not?
- Were there any eyewitnesses?
- Could video footage of the fall exist?
Liability for the Accident
If you slip and fall, there must be fault on the owner or possessor of the property for your case to be viable.
Scott Bonebrake will review the case in detail, including the following facts, to determine if a viable case exists:
- Did the property owner cause or create the hazard?
- Did the property owner know or have reason to know of the hazard, and fail to take appropriate corrective measures?
- If the property owner knew or should have known of a potential hazard, what steps did he or she take to warn of the danger?
- How long had the hazard been an issue? Long enough that the owner had a reasonable opportunity to correct the hazard?
In some cases, the injured party may be responsible for a percentage of the fault.
It’s important to be aware of these laws and know your rights in a slip and fall accident. A trusted lawyer will help guide and address your concerns.
Scott Bonebrake has been a licensed attorney for 27 years and has handled thousands of personal injury cases, including slip and fall accidents. Call Scott at 610-892-7700 or email Scott at email@example.com if you have any questions.