Harrisburg Slip & Fall Accident Lawyers
Navigating Premises Liability Laws in Pennsylvania
If you have slipped or tripped on another person's property and suffered injuries as a result, you may have a personal injury claim. Since this accident occurred on another's premises, it will fall under premises liability laws. This makes is extremely important that you retain the counsel of a Pennsylvania premises liability attorney following your slip and fall accident. At Metzger Wickersham, we can help you identify who is responsible for the property and fight to hold them accountable.
Common Causes of Slip & Falls
Slip and falls can result in severe injuries, including neck and back injuries, brain injuries, sprains and strains, or broken bones. They may occur at the mall, in a grocery store, in a parking lot, at a movie theater, in a restaurant, or even at a neighbor's home. No matter where the incident occurred, it is important that you note the cause of your accident.
- Narrow or dangerous stairways
- Wet, slippery floors
- Lack of lighting
- Damaged flooring
- Parking lot potholes
- Uneven surfaces
- Icy or damaged sidewalks
- Various other hazards
What to Do After a Slip & Fall Accident
After an accident, it is important that you take photos of the scene, including the condition that caused you to fall, the surrounding area, and any visible injuries. If there were any witnesses to your accident, take their names and contact information. Be sure to seek medical attention immediately; in a serious emergency, have someone call an ambulance, otherwise see your doctor as soon as possible.
Then, be sure to contact a lawyer who can help you understand your rights and the personal injury claims process. After investigating your accident, your attorney can determine who can be held liable for your accident and help you pursue the compensation you are due for your losses.
How Long Do You Have to Go to the Doctor After a Slip and Fall?
In a slip and fall, the actions you take following the incident are crucial to recovery and financial compensation. State laws do not have a hard and fast rule on when you should go see a doctor after the accident. It is, however, advisable that you see a doctor within 72 hours or less. This is a reasonable time limit and is beneficial for documentation of your injuries.
If you hit your head in the fall, it is especially critical that you get medical attention immediately as you could have suffered brain damage. Some of the common symptoms of brain damage are similar to the feelings of getting a cold or flu:
If you experience any of the above symptoms, get medical help immediately.
Your health should be number one priority. There are, however, additional reasons to get medical attention at once. The longer you put off seeing a doctor, the harder settling your claim will be. Going to the doctor immediately following the fall can create a traceable timeline of effects, which is a powerful tool for building a successful premises liability claim!
Contact Us Today for Experienced Representation
Metzger Wickersham has fought zealously for the rights of injured Pennsylvanians since 1888. With the resources of a large firm combined with the personalized and attentive care of a small firm, we take pride in helping our clients achieve maximum results in a timely manner.
Contact a Harrisburg slip & fall accident attorney at our firm today to request a complimentary case review. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call.
What to Do If You've Been Injured
While you may not think you will ever be hurt in a major accident, even something as minor as a slip and fall accident can result in catastrophic injuries. If you have suffered injuries in a slip and fall incident, there are certain steps you should take to protect your claim.
Take the following steps after your accident:
- Immediately report the accident-whether to an employee, manager, or property owner
- Fill out an incident report or make sure to a written documentation is made
- Take pictures of the hazard that caused your fall if possible
- Find any witness and get their contact information for a statement
- Get medical attention as soon as possible-don't delay in seeing a doctor
- Make sure you get ongoing medical evaluation if necessary
- Talk to a lawyer-not insurance companies
You may think your case is straightforward, but just remember that insurance companies are not on your side. They will do everything in their power to limit their liability for a slip and fall accident. That is why you need a seasoned and aggressive Harrisburg personal injury attorney on your side.
We are ready to evaluate your case. Contact Metzger Wickersham at (888) 286-2850.