If you were injured on someone else’s property, you could be entitled to substantial financial compensation. At The Slocum Firm, we help individuals who have been injured in slip-and-fall accidents in the Scranton area stand up for their legal rights.
If you slipped or fell on someone else’s property, you know just how devastating fall-related injuries can be. While children and the elderly are often thought of as being the most susceptible to suffering injuries in falls, the reality is that it anyone can easily suffer a serious fall-related injury. Our bodies are fragile, and they simply aren’t built to withstand the forces involved in an unexpected fall.
At The Slocum Firm, we can help you pursue fair compensation for your fall-related losses. Pennsylvania’s “premises liability” laws are somewhat complicated in that the reason you were on someone else’s premises will play a role in determining your right to compensation. However, regardless of the circumstances involved in your case, it is important not to make assumptions about your rights, and you should always speak with an attorney before making any decisions about whether or not to pursue a financial recovery.
Determining Financial Responsibility for Your Slip-and-Fall Injuries
Determining your rights in a slip-and-fall accident case requires a thorough investigation and critical assessment of the circumstances surrounding your injury. At The Slocum Firm, we have extensive experience investigating the causes of falls and advising clients regarding their slip-and-fall injuries.
When Property Owners Owe a Duty to Maintain Their Premises and Warn of Risks
As you might expect, property owners have the greatest duty when they invite people onto their premises for their own financial gain. This means, for example, that store owners and service providers are generally required to maintain their premises in reasonably good repair. On the other end of the spectrum, if you are on someone else’s property illegally (in other words, if you were trespassing at the time of the incident), then it makes sense that the owner of the premises should owe less of a duty to protect you. Then, in the middle, there are what the law refers to as “licensees.” The most common category of licensee is the social guest, and hosts owe a duty to notify these guests of any dangerous conditions on their premises.
Common Causes of Fall-Related Injuries
Depending on the circumstances involved, all of the following can potentially be grounds to seek compensation from a property owner after a slip or fall:
- Assaults on dimly-lit premises or premises with inadequate security
- Dangerous construction sites
- Dog bites
- Failure to properly manage ice or snow
- Floors that are slippery, due to spills or recent cleaning
- Malfunctioning elevators and escalators
- Poorly maintained carpets and floors
- Sidewalk cracks, worn stairs, or uneven surfaces
- Unprotected pools
- Unsafe stairs and railings
Type of Injury Claims We Handle
At The Slocum Firm, we represent individuals who have suffered from all types of injuries in slips and falls in Scranton, PA. This includes:
- Broken bones
- Back, neck, and spinal cord injuries
- Severe cuts and bruises
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
If you were injured in a fall, it is critical to seek medical attention right away. This is important not only for your health, but also for your claim to compensation. The insurance companies won’t pay if they aren’t convinced that both (i) their client is responsible, and (ii) your injuries are the result of your fall. Convincing them requires clear medical evidence linking your injuries to the accident.
If you are not sure where to go to seek medical attention, we can refer you to a doctor who can treat your injuries.
What to Expect from Your Slip-and-Fall Injury Claim
At The Slocum Firm, we take a settlement-first approach to our clients’ slip and fall claims. This does not mean that we will push you to settle – or even that we necessarily favor settlement over going to trial. Rather, what this means is that we always pursue settlement as the first option for securing the compensation that our clients deserve. A fair pre-trial settlement can save significant time and stress as compared to going to court, and if settling is an option, we will seek to collect fair compensation for you as quickly as possible, so that you can move on with your life.
Get Started Today with a Free Consultation at The Slocum Firm in Scranton, PA
For more information about our approach to personal injury claims and to find out if you may be entitled to compensation, we invite you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our offices in Scranton, PA. Send us a message online or call (570) 209-7376 to speak with one of our experienced slip-and-fall accident attorneys today.
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