It’s common knowledge that trip and fall cases, also known as premises liability, frequently require a battle and a good fight. And to win that battle, you’re going to want a competent experienced slip and fall attorney on your side to fight the good fight on your behalf.
But if I have a legitimate injury due to the negligence of a property owner, why is this going to be so tough? Nothing is cut and dry, especially with trip and fall cases. There is evidence to gather, including medical records, facts, witness statements, statements from you, statements from the property owner, possible video of the incident and more.
The property owner is going to fight settlement and you’ll need to prove that it was their negligence that caused you to trip and fall, which led to serious injury. You’ll need to prove fault.
The Importance Of Acting Fast Following A Trip And Fall
Every state in the country has its own statute of limitations regarding legal matters and in the state of Philadelphia, the statute of limitations on trip and fall cases is two years. Not only do you not want to chance missing the state’s statute of limitation, but once you do get started with the pursuit of a settlement for your injuries, you’re going to have a wait for a court date as it is.
So the quicker you get started by sitting down with an attorney right away to discuss your case, the better. Furthermore, your medical bills need to be paid in the mean-time. Pursuing legal action in a timely matter will help to ensure that all of your medical bills are covered and tended to while you wait for a settlement. This is because one of the jobs of your slip and fall attorney is to make sure these bills are paid in full and on time.
Common Slip and Fall Injuries
Injuries from slip and fall accidents can include:
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Disc Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Back Injuries
- And even death.
See here for more on common injuries.
Do I have a trip and fall case?
You know the reason you tripped, fell and suffered serious injury was because of the negligence of the property owner, but you’re going to have to prove that in court. You’ll have to prove that the property owner was “at fault.” Proving fault is easier when there are witnesses and video footage of the fall.
You have a good trip and fall case if:
- You can prove that you fell due to a building code violation.
- You can prove that you fell due to a careless act of negligence that was unavoidable without warning such as wet floors minus a “wet floor sign.”
- If you can prove that injuries incurred were a direct result of your fall.
- If you have witnesses.
- If you have video footage of your fall, especially the property owner’s own footage.
Proving fault can be a difficult task, but not an impossible task. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries during a trip and fall due to the negligence of a property owner, contact a slip and trip lawyer as soon as possible. You will get the settlement and justice that you deserve, ensuring that the property owner is held accountable for his or her negligence.