If you or someone you know sustained injuries in a slip and fall accident, you have a valid personal injury claim. This means you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. The attorneys at Berger and Green have helped numerous slip and fall accident victims in Pennsylvania hold negligent property owners liable.
While a person has a general responsibility to be aware of his or her surroundings, a property owner also has a responsibility to be aware of hazards and take quick action to prevent injuries. Contact the Pennsylvania slip and fall injury lawyers at Berger and Green for a free no obligation consultation regarding your slip and fall injury. You can text or call us today at 412-661-1400.
Understanding the Possible Costs of Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and falls are often unexpected and difficult to avoid, especially in places like parking lots and stairways. This type of accident is more likely to occur when a property is poorly designed, constructed or maintained. Do not immediately assume the blame for your slip and fall accident. We may be able to hold the property owner accountable and recover compensation for your expenses and losses.
Most people think of falls as relatively benign accidents, but serious injuries are possible. Even when injuries do not exceed a broken bone, it is important to consider the other expenses and losses associated with the injury. Time away from work, replacing a broken phone or glasses, and pain and suffering all add up quickly.
Some of the most common injuries suffered in a slip and fall include:
- Fractured wrists
- Fractured ankles
- Soft tissue injuries, including ligament and tendon tears
- Fractured hips
- Elbow injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
If you or a member of your family suffered any of these types of injuries, or others, in a fall in Pittsburgh, its suburbs, or greater Allegheny County, a Pennsylvania slip and fall lawyer from Berger and Green can help. Let us evaluate your case for free and determine if you should try to hold the property owner liable.
Berger and Green Can Pursue Compensation for You After a Pittsburgh Fall Injury
Attorney Laurence B. Green, Berger and Green partner, has spent more than four decades helping Pennsylvania accident victims pursue the maximum compensation available based on the facts of their case. We will review your case and go to work collecting and analyzing evidence to prove:
- The property owner knew or should have known about the hazard;
- The hazard caused your call; and
- The full extent of your expenses and losses related to your accident and injuries
As a part of our investigation, we will take many steps to build a strong argument for why you deserve a payout for the damages you sustained. This includes:
- Surveying and photographing the scene of the accident
- Searching for any possible video of your fall
- Interviewing witnesses and those who helped you after the incident
- Identifying any possible hazards based on our observations, photographs, and witness statements
- Collecting any possible evidence to show the hazard existed and the property owner, an employee, or another person responsible for the upkeep of the property knew about it
- Working with a medical expert to understand your injuries, prognosis, and care needs
- Documentation of your expenses and losses related to the fall
With the evidence we need, we can approach the property owner and their insurance company with a demand letter, naming what we believe if a fair payout based on the strength of our case. This begins the negotiation process, and we may be able to reach an out-of-court settlement at this point.
We can also file a personal injury lawsuit to pursue a payout. This could trigger a higher settlement offer, or we may need to present your case in court and argue for a verdict and award in your favor.
Recoverable Damages in a Slip and Fall Injury Accident in Pittsburgh
If we can recover compensation for your losses and expenses in a Pittsburgh slip and fall case, some of the damages you may be able to recover could include:
- Ambulance transportation costs
- Medical treatment costs
- Ongoing or future care expenses
- Prescription drug costs
- Crutches, walkers, canes, and other mobility aids
- Property damages
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death damages, if your loved one passed away after a fall
Pennsylvania Law Puts Strict Deadlines on How Long You Have to File Suit
Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations only gives us two years from the date your fall occurred to take the case to court. This means if we do not take legal action against the property owner in the first 24 months, you will lose your right to do so. For this reason, it is imperative we complete our investigation and file legal action as soon as possible.
To ensure we meet this deadline and have access to the most evidence possible, we recommend you reach out to our team in the first days or weeks after your fall.
Talk to One of Our Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers
Slip and fall claims require great attention to detail, research, and investigation. Our Pennsylvania slip and fall injury lawyers have the experience and drive to pursue these types of claims, helping clients pursue compensation for the injuries they sustained.
Contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green by calling or texting 412-661-1400 today. We offer free, no-obligation consultations for fall accident victims in Pittsburgh and greater Allegheny County.