It all happens in less than a second. You go from casually looking at the melons in the grocery produce section to being sprawled out on the linoleum floor. Or, perhaps you slip on the ice when you’re leaving a restaurant after a heavy snowfall. Such incidents are never intentional, but they can have long-lasting effects. Pennsylvania law states that businesses that are open to the public have a duty to provide a safe environment for their customers. That means maintaining their public areas, keeping them free from water and spills and removing debris from the walkways and public access points.
Understanding your rights if you have a slip fall accident
Businesses are also required to keep outdoor flagstones and curbs repaired and to display a warning sign or cone when there is a hazard, such as a wet floor or cracked sidewalk. They must also clear snow and ice from their public walkways. You, as a customer have the right to expect safe and secure walkways and floors.
A business not realizing there is a problem with the floor, walkway or other public surface is not a valid excuse. Under Pennsylvania law, a business has the obligation to inspect their premises regularly for safety hazards.
Most businesses carry liability insurance to cover them in case a slip and fall accident occurs on their property.
Why you need an attorney in a slip fall case
If you’ve been injured in a fall at a business or commercial property, you need a slip fall accident attorney. Philadelphia has a myriad of lawyers, but in such a situation , you need someone with experience in personal injury cases like yours. You know that the business will have a team of attorneys to represent their interest. Do you really want to stand up to them alone? Therefore, it is not realistic for you to expect to know all of the intricacies of filing a personal injury law suit without legal help. That’s where the Slip and Fall Guys can help. We’ve been helping Philadelphians like you get the settlements they deserve for more than 30 years. To learn more about our services or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 215 268-6898.