All of us have found ourselves losing our balance, with results varying from mild embarrassment to sprains or broken bones. In some cases, a slip and fall can cause significant damage - and a property owner's negligence might be to blame. Today, we cover some of the most common places a person might sustain this type of injury in Pennsylvania and who can be held responsible.
Slip and fall injuries can occur due to a spill on a grocery store floor, uneven pavement in a parking lot or torn carpeting in a hotel, among a myriad of other causes. Some people in Pennsylvania are lucky enough to walk away from such incidents without much more than a bruised ego. However, other people suffer serious injuries in slip-and-fall accidents.
Pennsylvanians could suffer from slip-and-fall injuries in a variety of ways. While it may seem obvious that a spill on the floor or an icy sidewalk could present a slip-and-fall hazard, slip-and-fall accidents can take place in other ways as well. For example, a person could slip on an oil slick in a parking lot or trip over torn carpeting in a hotel. No matter how they happen, however, slip-and-fall injuries can be very serious.
Falls are a number one cause of injury amongst workers and the elderly. However, you don't have to be working or and elderly person in a nursing home to suffer a slip-and-fall accident injury. Even the most average person can be victim when they enter a premise in which the property is unsafe and it can quickly cause injury.
An everyday errand or walk with the dog could suddenly take a turn for the worse. This could happen quickly, in the blink of an eye, in a slip-and-fall accident. There really is no need to decode the term 'slip-and-fall' as it is exactly what it sounds like. Slip and falls can be complete unforeseen accidents, or they could have involvement in terms of another's liability and/or negligence.
Not every Pennsylvania resident is gifted with great balance and coordination. Some people just seem to be more prone to tripping and falling than others. While it is true that not everyone is born with the same level of dexterity it is true that not all slips and falls are the victims' faults.
Most Pennsylvania residents have experienced the momentary fear and panic that takes over when their feet hit solid ice and their balance begins to waver. With the serious winters that Butler residents must contend with it is a miracle that more people do not fall victim to the slippery conditions that plague sidewalks, parking lots and other outdoor surfaces. However, slip-and-fall accidents happen every month of the year and not just in the winter. Often when they happen in the warmer seasons it is due to the negligence of another party.
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