While slip and fall accidents are preventable, they happen especially during the winter months. It is important to put your health and wellbeing first after a Pittsburgh slip and fall. You need to get the medical care you need immediately. If you believe you suffered a neck or back injury, a head injury, broken bones, or joint injuries, do not hesitate to call for an ambulance to take you to the nearest emergency department.
Your next call after getting the medical care you need to stabilize your injuries should be to an attorney who can begin collecting evidence and protect your right to recover compensation. In Pittsburgh, the team from Berger and Green is here to help. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to discuss the circumstances of your injuries with a member of our team.
Importance of Prompt Medical Care in a PA Slip and Fall Accident
We encourage you to get prompt medical care after a fall, even if you are not sure if you suffered injuries. If you later develop pain or bruising and require medical care, it can be difficult to tie it back to the fall. The best option is to go to an emergency department or doctor right away to let them clear you of injuries.
Getting care can also ensure you know about all the injuries you suffered. Some serious injuries may not be symptomatic right away. Internal bleeding and some head injuries, for example, only have symptoms that show up in the hours and days after an accident. You could have internal bleeding and not know it until bruising appears the next morning.
Document the Scene of the Accident If Possible
If you have a chance, it is a good idea to document the scene of your fall before you leave. While this is not always possible, having the names and contact information for all witnesses and photographs of the scene can be helpful when building our case. You can use your smartphone to take pictures and save information, or you can ask someone else to do it for you.
Let Berger and Green Help You Recover the Compensation You Need
Under Pennsylvania’s premises liability laws, you have a right to pursue compensation from the property owner or occupier if there is evidence to show their negligence led to your injuries. At Berger and Green, we know what it takes to prove these cases, and can go to work for you today. However, it is imperative to act as soon as possible. Evidence disappears quickly, and we need to gain access to it while it is still available.
As a part of handling your slip and fall case, we will investigate exactly what happened. This may require us to:
- Gain access to the location’s incident reports and information filed by first responders
- Identify and interview witnesses
- Collect and analyze evidence of negligence and liability
- Determine the facts of your case and the circumstances that led to your fall
- Collect your medical records and other evidence of your injuries and damages
- Build a case to support our claim for compensation
Once we have a solid case, we can pursue compensation on your behalf. We may be able to negotiate an out-of-court settlement, or we may need to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover the damages you lost in the fall. Our founding partner Laurence B. Green has more than 40 years of experience helping clients just like you. Let our team will guide you through this process and go after the money you deserve.
Time Limits on Filing a Personal Injury Action in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania only gives us two years from the date of your fall to take legal action against the property owner or operator or another liable party. If we do not file suit during the first two years after your fall, the court will likely prevent us from every collecting compensation in your case.
Recoverable Damages in a Pittsburgh Slip and Fall Case
If the team from Berger and Green can reach an out-of-court settlement or win a verdict in your case, you can recover damages based on your losses and expenses. While this will vary from case to case, it could include:
- Medical care costs
- Ongoing care costs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death, if applicable
Talk to a Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a Pittsburgh slip and fall, the Berger and Green team is there to help. Let us take on your case, protect your rights, and pursue the compensation you deserve. Our slip and fall accident lawyers can help.
Call or text us today at 412-661-1400 to get started with a free case review.