When you are a social guest or a business invitee to a commercial establishment or a private home, you visit with the assumption that you will not be injured while you are on the property. If you do suffer an injury because the owner of the property failed to remove or clearly notify you and others of a hazard, the property owner may be liable for your damages. To seek compensation for your injury, you must file a premises liability claim. Generally, trespassers are not entitled to recover compensation through premises liability claims, but there are a few circumstances under which they may.
Where Am I At Risk of Being Injured in a Fall?
Anywhere you go, you are at risk of slipping or falling and becoming injured. This includes your own home, your workplace, and the homes of your friends and relatives. Though in some environments, slip and fall hazards are more prevalent and thus, visitors to these locations are more likely to suffer injuries in this type of accident.
Common areas where slip and fall accidents occur include:
- Public and private pools. In wet environments like this, tile and poured cement floors can become slippery and pose a slip and fall hazard. Stairs and ladders leading into the pool can also break and cause accidents to occur.
- Public restrooms. Like the area around a pool, the floor of a typical public restroom is tiled and can become dangerously slippery when wet.
- Sidewalks and outdoor stairways. These can be found anywhere in your town, such as at public transportation stations, in parks, and along the roadway.
- Commercial retailers. Certain commercial establishments are more likely to pose slip and fall hazards than others. One such type of establishment is a bar or restaurant, where spilled food and drinks can make the floor slippery. Another potentially dangerous area is older buildings, where lighting, stairways, and walkways might not be as safe as modern fixtures.
- Residential homes. The same hazards present in commercial settings, like broken steps, loose handrails, wet floors, and unsecured carpets, can also be found in private homes.
Chester County Slip and Fall Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Represent Individuals Injured in Slip and Fall Accidents
If you are suffering financial damages following a slip or fall that could have been prevented if the owner of the property where it occurred took reasonable care to remove the hazard that caused it, speak with our team of Chester County slip and fall lawyers. Our experienced premises liability lawyers will thoroughly explain your rights and legal options for pursuing compensation for your injury-related expenses. Complete our online contact form or call McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC at 215-569-8488 to schedule your initial consultation in our Philadelphia office. Our team serves clients from Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.