|Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents||Types of Compensation Available|
|Do I have a Slip and Fall Claim? Proving Fault||How The Colleran Firm Can Help|
A slip and fall accident can cause serious or disabling injuries such as a back injury, broken hip or broken ankle. You may require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation and be out of work for an extended period of time after taking a serious fall. Your inability to bring in income may cause you and your family financial stress, as the medical bills accumulate. The attorneys of The Colleran Firm understand the disruption and hardship that a serious slip and fall accident can cause. We want you to know that you do not have to carry your burden alone.
Not all falls cause injuries, fortunately. But one out of every five falls causes a serious injury such as a head injury or broken bone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. Most hip fractures are caused by falls.
More than 800,000 people are hospitalized each year for fall-related injuries, typically a head injury or broken hip. Women are three times as likely as men to be hospitalized for a hip fracture, according to the CDC. Many women have osteoporosis, a condition that weakens the bones and make them more likely to fracture.
Falls also can cause broken bones, such as broken wrists, arms, ankles or hip fractures.
Many unsafe conditions can contribute to a slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident. A property may have slippery floors or sidewalks, loose steps, uneven carpeting, potholes or other hazards.
Slip and fall cases require a detailed investigation of the facts and understanding of the contributing factors to determine who should be held liable for injuries. These cases depend on proving that the property owner or party controlling the property was negligent, and that the negligence resulted in your slip and fall injury.
Property owners in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have a legal duty to maintain their property in reasonably safe condition for visitors, guests and customers.
If the accident was preventable and the property owner or property manager failed to correct the unsafe condition, then they may be liable for your injuries.
Was the property owner aware of the hazard or should the property owner have been aware of the condition? If the unsafe condition could not be repaired quickly, did the property owner post adequate warnings and take reasonable precautions so that visitors, guests or tenants were alerted to the property hazard?
If you have sustained a serious trip and fall injury, it is best to seek the medical treatment you need, follow your doctor’s guidance and focus on your recovery. Seek the assistance of an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer for help in understanding your rights to seek compensation.
As a slip and fall victim, you may be entitled to seek compensation for:
We handle slip and fall cases involving very serious injuries caused by others’ negligence.
The accident may occur at a home, a business or a public location. Our legal team will investigate the property where the fall occurred and conduct a thorough investigation. It is important to contact an attorney right away after a slip and fall accident before the property owner takes steps to repair the hazard.
The severity of your injuries and the specific facts of how the accident occurred determine the value of the case.
Some slip and fall accidents cause disabling injuries involving full or partial paralysis. We will carefully assess the impact of your slip and fall injury on your ability to work and your quality of life.
For example, The Colleran Firm obtained a $4 million jury award in Atlantic County, New Jersey for a woman who fell on an icy sidewalk at a rehabilitation hospital. The woman’s injuries were so severe that she required seven surgeries and was then unable to resume work as a teacher. The jury agreed with our attorneys who argued that the institution was negligent in failing to insure that the sidewalks were free of ice. An appeals court unanimously upheld the jury award.
Each slip and fall case stands on its own merits, and the results of past cases do not predict how much your case is worth. But our record does illustrate that we work tenaciously on behalf of the clients we represent.