When you take a tumble, it may be due to your own actions. We have all done it at one time or another. However, there are also instances when conditions are in place that cause us to trip and fall through no fault of our own.
In Philadelphia, a trip and fall accident may be due to objects left on walkways making it difficult to get around them safely. A victim could be injured due to poor lighting that hides hazards in the shadows. Damaged floors and stairs are another common reason why trip and fall injuries occur. Even ditches and potholes that have not been filled or repaired, covered, or marked appropriately can produce injuries.
In cases like these, you may have the right to sue for pain and suffering, lost wages, and payment of your medical bills related to your injuries. If you have been injured in a trip and fall, your smartest move is to contact a trip and fall lawyer to determine your options.
Trip and fall accidents fall under the broader category of premises liability laws. Premises liability laws state that an owner of a property has a responsibility to maintain their property in such a way that it is reasonably safe for any person who enters it. This applies to commercial properties, public gathering places, apartment buildings and even private residences. To prove negligence, an attorney must be able to show that the property owner was aware of the substandard condition that created the trip and fall but did not take adequate steps to correct the deficiency.
Trip and fall accidents can produce significant injuries that may be the result of someone else’s carelessness. If this has happened to you, contact Master Weinstein and Moyer to see what your legal options are. We serve clients in Philadelphia and the surrounding Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York communities.