Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyer

A “slip and fall” or a “trip and fall” is a personal injury claim. These premises liability claims are made when someone is injured on a property or premises and the injury occurred due to someone else’s negligence. Property owners may be liable for injuries on their property if they caused, knew about or should have known about a dangerous condition which caused an injury.

Dangerous conditions which cause injuries may include dangerous sidewalks, stairs, poor lighting, missing handrails, faulty railings, snow, ice, uneven surfaces, broken flooring, poorly marked steps, or poorly kept carpet, rugs or mats. Other causes of slips, trips or falls include food, water or other substances on floors in restaurants or supermarkets, objects left where they shouldn’t be, and a wide variety of other causes.

We have handled many slip and fall cases and helped numerous clients recover from their injuries. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, contact us today at (215) 557-8686 for a free, private consultation.

Conditions which cause Slip and Fall Injuries:

Dangerous conditions which cause injuries may include dangerous sidewalks, stairs, poor lighting, missing handrails, faulty railings, snow, ice, uneven surfaces, broken flooring, poorly marked steps, or poorly kept carpet, rugs or mats. Other causes of slips, trips or falls include food, water or other substances on floors in restaurants or supermarkets, objects left where they shouldn’t be, and a wide variety of other causes.

Compensation for Slip and Fall Injuries:

Damages that a slip and fall accident victim and the victim’s family are entitled to recover may include hospital and medical expenses, past and future lost earnings, past and future permanent physical disability, such as a limp, scars, loss of a limb, emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety, grief and emotional suffering caused by the death of a loved one, loss of love and companionship caused by the death or serious injury of a loved one, damage or destruction of property, physical pain and suffering and/or loss of enjoyment of life.

Steps to take after a Slip and Fall Accident:

If you are injured in a slip, trip or fall accident, it is important to preserve the evidence as soon as possible. Your goal is to record and preserve the scene of the slip and fall accident and all the surrounding conditions as best as you can and make sure the incident is reported in order to make your case is as strong as possible.

If possible, take these steps after being injured:

Report the incident.
Immediately report the slip and fall accident to the owner or the nearest person of authority, and complete an accident report if one is available.

Take pictures.
Take a picture of where the slip and fall accident happened because the dangerous conditions that caused the accident can easily be cleared up or changed. You may also call our Philadelphia law office and we will have pictures taken immediately. Pictures of the area, your clothing and shoes and the dangerous condition are helpful.

Seek medical attention.
Get checked out by a medical professional right away. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may want to schedule an appointment with your doctor or visit an emergency room. If injuries are severe, you may be transported by ambulance to a trauma center.

Choosing a Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyer:

Having worked for almost 10 years for an insurance company and for a defense firm, Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer Edith Pearce uses her expert knowledge from inside the industry to help you recover maximum compensation. Edith Pearce, the founder of The Pearce Law Firm, P.C., is a lifetime member of the multi-million dollar advocates forum and has been awarded the prestigious Super Lawyers® designation. We will fight to recover your expenses, replace income and make sure that your losses, your suffering and your injuries are adequately compensated. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case the firm handles from start to finish. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.

To protect your legal rights following a slip and fall accident in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, it is wise to consult a personal injury law firm with experience in these matters as soon as possible.

Slip and Fall FAQs:

  • What if I am partially at fault in the slip and fall?

Under Pennsylvania and New Jersey law, you may still recover damages if you are partially at fault, unless a judge or jury finds you to be more than 50% responsible for your own injury. In other words, if you were found to be 40% at fault, and the property owner was found to be 60% at fault, you can recover damages for your slip and fall. This is known as “comparative negligence”. There is no formula for arriving at a precise number for a person’s comparative negligence. You need an experienced slip and fall lawyer to negotiate for your settlement with an insurance adjuster or possibly argue your case to a jury at trial to discuss all of the factors that might have caused the accident.

  • Is my slip and fall covered by insurance?

If the property owner has a homeowners or commercial liability policy, generally your slip and fall accident will be covered by insurance. Also, if your injury was determined to occur within the course and scope of your employment (while you were doing something for your employer), workers’ compensation insurance may apply.

  • Does it matter where I suffered my slip and fall accident?

Under Pennsylvania and New Jersey law, there may be a different standard of care required of a property owner, depending on how the injured victim is classified. If the injured victim was on the business premises to potentially buy something or receive services, the victim may be considered a “business visitor.” If you were “business visitors” the duty of the owner would be to exercise reasonable care in maintaining the premises in a safe condition. The standard of care required to a business visitor, may differ from that of a “social guest” or “trespasser.” Determining which category describes your status on the property, often depends upon specific facts unique to each case and also requires an experienced slip and fall lawyer like Edith Pearce to persuade the insurance company or jury of your status.

  • Is there a possibility of workers’ compensation?

Workers’ Compensation generally covers employees from injuries, which occur while working, and provides wage loss and medical benefits. Most people do not think of workers’ compensation coverage when they are involved in a slip and fall accident. If your slip and fall occurred on your employer’s parking lot, it is generally covered by workers’ compensation. Also, while generally injuries occurring off the work location are not covered by workers’ compensation, there are many exceptions. For example, where the employee’s duties included travel or where the employee was running an errand for his employer, workers’ compensation may apply. Other examples of slip and fall accidents, which could be covered under workers’ compensation, include where the employee was on travel for the employer, even if not specifically involved in a work activity. Also, where the employee has no fixed place of work such as an office or building he reports to every day, a slip and fall may be covered. For example, a health care provider or nurse that travels to different patient’s homes everyday may be covered by workers’ compensation even if the slip and fall does not occur at the patient’s home because she had “no fixed place of work.” Edith Pearce, an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney has the inside knowledge of working for an insurance company as an attorney and a defense firm for 10 years. She will be able to determine what insurance may apply to achieve the maximum compensation you deserve.

  • How We “Tip the Scales in Your Favor”

By choosing The Pearce Law Firm, P.C., you have tipped the scales in your favor:

  • Exceptional Smart Representation: Edith Pearce, MENSA member
  • Proven Results: Lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • No Fee unless we recover for you. Free Consultations
  • Recognized Excellence: Super Lawyers; AV Preeminent Rated® by Martindale-Hubbell — less than 5% of lawyers in U.S. hold this rating
  • National Reputation: Featured in Newsweek, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, FOX, Comcast, ABC
  • We know how to obtain top settlements: Decades of experience working at defense firms and insurance companies means we know how to fight them for you!
  • Better Business Bureau A+ Rating

Call today to schedule your free consultation with The Pearce Law Firm to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.