Slip and Fall Accidents
While we usually expect a slip and fall accident to merely result in a bruised ego – or at worst, a few cuts and scrapes – the reality is, slip and fall accidents often result in serious injuries, expensive medical treatments and even death. More than 20,000 Americans die each year as a result of falls, and nearly 8 million suffer fall-related injuries. Slip-and-fall accidents may cause broken bones, joint injuries, including those to the back, neck, shoulder, knee and hip, nerve damage, severe head injuries, spinal cord trauma and other serious conditions. Some slip-and-fall accidents are unavoidable, but many occur due to the negligence of property owners. According to an area of law known as premises liability law, public and private property owners are obligated to maintain their premises in a safe manner. When they fail to do so, they may be held legally responsible for resulting accidents.
A variety of dangerous and defective property conditions may cause a slip and fall accident. These include wet floors, slippery floors, accumulations of snow and ice, inadequate lighting, poor drainage, missing or faulty handrails, oily patches and other hazards. A premises liability claim may arise from an accident occurring on a wide range of property types, from homes and farms to retail stores and parking lots, municipal sidewalks and government buildings to amusement parks and sports complexes. In the event of an injury suffered on a commercial or private property owner’s premises, it is important to immediately contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for assistance. While slip-and-fall accident claims may seem simple, this complex area of law calls for thorough investigation and careful preparation of evidence. You may also have a limited time in which to pursue a premises liability lawsuit. The best Scranton lawyers of Scartelli Olszewski have successfully represented injured individuals and their loved ones in numerous premises liability matters. We can help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Scartelli Olszewski’s Scranton, Pa., lawyers strive to maximize recovery for our clients, and to help them get their lives back on track. Whether the best outcome may be achieved through alternative dispute resolution measures such as arbitration or mediation, or through a state or federal courtroom trial, our attorneys thoroughly investigate slip and fall accidents and present each case to the best advantage or our clients. If you or a loved one has suffered harm on another party’s property, we encourage you to contact us today