Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyer
Slip and Fall Accidents can be quite humiliating when they occur in the public eye. People who fall and hurt themselves are subjected to all the onlookers who see them on the ground. In some cases, you may witness a victim get seriously injured during one of these accidents, but resist showing pain from their fall. This type of response often results from embarrassment; it does not mean that the victim is not hurt. The key to winning a slip and fall case depends on your status on the property on which you fell, and on your having evidence of fault. Although we have seen time and time again comedians joking about falling and not being able to get up, this type of accident is no laughing matter. Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading personal injury claims in the country, and they can happen to everyone. If you or a loved one have been a victim of a slip and fall injury accident, please contact one of our personal injury lawyers today, please contact our office in Philadelphia, and we will review your case.
There are three types of status for a victim. First is the invitee status. This status applies when you go to a store, market or other place for business. An invitee is a person who is on another’s property at the other person’s invitation. An invitation may be implied, as in the case of any retail store which you shop in. The duty of an owner of a retail establishment is a high one. Of the three statuses, the highest duty is owed to an invitee. For example, a person who slips in a market still needs to prove fault on the market, but the market is held to a high standard to ensure that spills are identified quickly, and that they are cleaned properly. The next level of status is the licensee. A licensee is owed a lesser duty than an invitee, and the instances most recognizable for this status occur when you are visiting a friend’s home or stoping by a neighbor to drop something off. The duty is to make sure that you do not allow a licensee to get injured by known dangers. The final status is that of the trespasser. There is very little, if any, duty owed to a person who is trespassing on another’s property. With regards to trespasser’s, the owner is insulated from liability unless he or she affirmatively does something to injure the trespassing public.
The proof which is required in the average Slip and Fall with an invitee plaintiff is either actual knowledge of the hazard or a demonstration that the owner should have known of the hazard’s existence. Let’s take the supermarket example again. Suppose you are walking through the juice section of the store, and you are looking at exactly what the store wants you to be looking at – the products on the shelves. They are there for you to buy, and they attract your attention. Then, you slip in water on the floor and hurt yourself badly. You may think that you were not looking at the floor because the displayed items on the shelves caught your attention, and you were looking at said items instead of where you were walking. You may be correct, but you nevertheless need to prove that the store knew or should have known that the water was on the floor. There are many ways to prove this in a case. However, you need a Personal Injury Lawyer to assist you with your claim. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., our lawyers and staff have the required experience to assist you with all the details. If you or a loved one are suffering from injuries from a slip and fall, call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., our attorneys and staff are available at all times, and the consultation is always free.
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