The weather is getting nicer in Western Pennsylvania. But even with better weather, you can still slip or trip and suffer an injury from the resulting fall. Although often the subject of comedy sketches and slapstick routines, slip-and-fall accidents are no joke. They can result in serious injuries or, in some instances, even death. While some falls may not be avoidable, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries from a fall that was caused by a hazardous condition that someone else created
The reason for this is that homeowners, businesses and the owners of buildings have a duty to keep areas that are open to the public free from hazards that could cause an accident. Such a duty may be created by a state statute or municipal ordinance. Even in the absence of a specific law, though, property owners must keep their premises safe for members of the public and anyone they invite onto their property or into their business.
If they fail to do so, a business or property owner may be liable for any injuries that result from the unsafe conditions. Legally, this is known as premises liability. It is this legal obligation that gave rise to warnings like “wet floor” signs to let the public know that a hazardous condition may be present. Even though the ice and snow may be gone, things such as wet floors, uneven tiles and spilled products can be a hazard to the public.
If you or a loved one were injured as a result of a slip-and-fall accident that was caused by a hazardous condition on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, injuries and other expenses. A law firm with extensive premises liability experience, like , can help make sure your case is handled correctly. Visit the slip-and-fall accidents page on our firm’s website to learn how we can help you.