Philadelphia Slip and Fall Lawyer Jeffrey Harlan Penneys protects the rights of personal injury victims throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Jeff is an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer providing free consultations for those injured by unsafe premises conditions. Call 1-800InjuryLaw (1-800-465-8795) for a free slip and fall accident consultation.
When is a Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyer Needed?
If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident that was not your fault, at or involving a:
- home, condominium or apartment complex
- business, store or mall, parking lot or workplace location
- wet, snowy, icy or uneven parking lot or sidewalk surface
- dangerous surface on an elevator or escalator
- buckling sidewalk
- hazardous or slippery surface near a swimming pool
- construction site
These type of accidents are quite common, and account for a significant number of personal injury claims and personal injury lawsuits. Commonly referred to as “slip and fall” cases, they fall under the legal heading of “Premises Liability” cases. This is the area of law that covers these types of accidents, and determines who is at fault when they occur. Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq., a well-respected Philadelphia attorney, can help you make a premises liability claim against a negligent property owner, and collect monetary damages to cover your medical bills or lost wages.
A Property Owner’s Duty to Prevent Slip and Fall Accidents
Pennsylvania law requires that property owners use “reasonable care” in the management and maintenance of their premises and avoid exposing others to an unreasonable risk of harm, such as a slip, trip or fall.
Slip and fall lawyers representing personal injury victims must prove that the property owner “knew or should have known” about the hazard that caused the slip and fall accident, and that they failed to remedy it in order to prove negligence.
If the property owner or any of a business’ employees created the dangerous condition that caused the slip and fall injury, knowledge of the hazard will be automatically imputed to them. However, if the hazard was created by a non-employee, such as a customer, the attorney for the injured party must show that the property hazard existed for an unreasonable amount of time such that the property owner should have discovered the unsafe condition and repaired the condition.
In many instances, a property owner has a duty to post warning signs (e.g., “wet floor”) in a visible way so pedestrians are made aware of a problem on the premises and can take steps to avoid a slip and fall accident. One of the first things your lawyer will want to know is if such a sign was present.
It Costs the Same to Hire an Experienced Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyer as an Inexperienced One
Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq. has over 17 years experience handling all types of premises liability cases, including, but not limited to:
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Uneven Pavement
- Broken Porch Railings
- Falls On Snow and Ice
- Stairwell Accidents / Damaged Stairs
- Improperly Shelved Merchandise
- Inadequate Construction Warnings
- Inadequate Lighting In A Parking Lot or Stairwell
- Security-Related Accidents (Assault & Battery, Robbery, Rape)
- Scaffolding Accidents
If you have been the victim of any of these types of personal injury accidents, please try to let someone in authority at the property know as soon as possible. This will include a manager, or employee at the property, as well as the homeowner if it happened at a private residence. It is also a good idea to take photographs as soon as possible that depict the defect that caused the fall. Then contact your slip and fall lawyer to handle your claim.
I have several convenient locations, including Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, Bucks County and Chester County office, or this Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyer will come to see you at your home or in the hospital if your slip and fall injuries do not allow you to go out.
I am also available to call 24/7 at 1-800InjuryLaw (1-800-465-8795) or 215-987-3550. There is never a fee for your consultation unless you hire me as your Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyer and I win your case for you.