When it comes to premises liability, there isn’t anything much more dangerous than a slip and fall accident. These incidents are unpredictable and can happen anywhere at any given time. Spring, summer, fall, or winter – it doesn’t matter.
For years, the Pennsylvania slip and fall accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have been fighting for the injured across Eastern Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre. Our attorneys understand how difficult the recovery process is and will seek justice on your behalf.
No matter how and where your injury occurred, you are not at fault. We will seek the compensation you deserve.
What is a Slip and Fall Accident?
A slip and fall accident refers to any situation in which a person slips and falls or trips and falls due to a dangerous condition on someone else’s property and an injury occurs as a result. It is the responsibility of the property owner to keep their premises well-maintained and reasonably safe for others. If another person – a visitor – is injured because of unsafe conditions, the property owner might liable for what transpires because they should have been aware of the circumstances.
However, different classifications of visitors exist – invitees, licensees, and trespassers. Invitees are visitors who go to a property for business purposes (restaurant, hotel, etc.), and they are owed the highest duty of care. Licensees are visitors who to go a property for the mutual benefit of the property owner (relative, friend, etc.), and they are owed an intermediate duty of care. Trespassers are visitors who aren’t allowed on the property, and they are owed a limited duty of care.
No matter who is injured, someone is liable for what happens. There is always going to be someone in charge of a property, and their liability is dependent upon the following criteria:
- Whether the property owner knew about the dangerous condition(s) and made no attempt to fix it
- Whether the property owner should have known about the dangerous condition(s)
- Whether the property owner created the dangerous condition(s)