Pennsylvania Premises Liability Attorney
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Perhaps you tripped outside of your local grocery store on an obstructive object or slipped on a dangerous walkway that was not clearly marked. If the injury was preventable had the owner or manager of that property taken their proper duty, you may be entitled to monetary compensation through a premises liability claim.
When a person has an accident and is injured on someone else's premises, the property owner can sometimes be held responsible. Premises liability cases are commonly referred to as "slip and fall" cases, because many of these claims arise when a person slips, falls or trips due to a hazardous condition on a property.
Please note: When in the best interest of the client, premises liability may be referred to other law firms.
What Elements Must Be Proven in a Premises Liability Case?
Premises can include restaurants, hardware stores, grocery stores, office buildings, parking lots, department stores, other people's homes, and any land or buildings that are considered to be someone's property. The legal basis for a "premises liability" case is that property owners have a duty to make sure their premises are reasonably safe for others.
In order to build a strong premises liability or slip and fall case, the injured party should be able to prove that the property owner knew or should've known a danger existed on their premises and had adequate notice to fix the dangerous condition, yet failed to take the necessary steps to fix it in a timely manner. You may also have grounds for a premises liability claim if the owner caused the dangerous condition.
Insurance companies work hard to deny premises liability claims. At Metzger Wickersham, we aggressively fight for the rights of people injured in a variety of accidents involving premises liability.
Common Types of Premises Liability Accidents
Whether someone is visiting a private residence, shopping in a grocery store, or walking along a public sidewalk, accidents can occur for a variety of reasons. An injury could result from tripping on an uneven sidewalk, slipping on a wet floor at a mall, or falling down crumbling steps.
- Inadequate lighting
- Unsafe or narrow stairways
- Merchandise falling from shelving
- Wet or slippery floors
- Torn carpeting or unbalanced flooring
- Uneven sidewalks
- Negligent care of a publicly owned area, such as a pothole in the ground
- Safety code violations
Depending on the cause of the accident, you may be entitled to compensation if you are injured on someone else's property.
Injuries Caused by Slip and Fall Accidents
Many slip and fall injuries are minor, but even seemingly small injuries can have a far-reaching effect on your life. You may get strapped with unplanned bills or be unable to enjoy certain activities due to pain.
Examples of common injuries sustained as a result of fall down accidents include:
- Deep cuts or scrapes
- Severe bruising
- Sprained ankles
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
The most severe accidents may result in multiple surgeries and extensive physical therapy. In extreme cases, a slip and fall can cause a victim's death, resulting in a potential wrongful death lawsuit.
Contact a Premises Liability Attorney in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania!
If you or a loved one has been injured on someone else's property, get medical treatment immediately after the accident. Then, contact Metzger Wickersham for a free case evaluation. One of our experienced premises liability lawyers may be able to assist you or your loved one in your case. We are backed by more than 130 years of excellence and the resources of one of the most established firms in Pennsylvania.