Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Injury
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else's property, you may be able to collect money for your injuries. Under Pennsylvania personal injury and premises liability law, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and other injury-related expenses. Talk to a slip and fall attorney to better understand your legal options.
Pennsylvania Premises Liability Law Basics
A slip and fall accident occurs when you trip over or slip on something on the ground, then fall down and injure yourself. A slip and fall accident can also be known as a:
- Trip and fall accident, when you trip over a foreign object
- Step and fall accident, when you encounter an unexpected failure or hole while walking
- Stump and fall accident, when you trip over an impediment while walking
These accidents can occur from foreign substances such as water, grease, ice or food on a walking surface. Poorly maintained walking surfaces, including broken floorboards or crumbling steps, and poorly lit areas can also lead to slip-, trip-, stump- and step and fall accidents..
Who Can You Sue for Your Slip & Fall Accident?
Pennsylvania law requires real estate owners and their tenants to address hazards and help visitors avoid accidents on their property. At the same time, people who are walking also bear responsibility for preventing slip and fall accidents and avoiding injuries.
If you've been injured on someone else's property, talk to a personal injury attorney to learn whether you can sue the property owner or tenant.
Recovering Money in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
The judge or jury that hears your lawsuit will look at the comparative negligence of you and the property owner or tenant. In other words, how much responsibility do you bear for the accident? How much responsibility does the property owner bear? This percentage of liability is used to calculate how much the property owner must pay in damages or compensation and how much of the cost you must cover. If it is determined that you are at least 51 percent responsible for your accident, you cannot recover any money from the other party.
Depending on the judge or jury's decision, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- All of your medical bills for treatment related to your slip and fall injuries
- Any future earning ability lost due to your injury
- The cost of hiring someone to do household chores that you're unable to do because of your injury
- The repair or replacement of any property (such as eyeglasses) that was damaged or destroyed when you fell
- Lost wages for time off from work (including time spent going to doctor's appointments and physical therapy)
- Permanent disability and disfigurement stemming from the accident
- Emotional distress stemming from the accident
- Any other costs you've incurred because of the accident
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