In Pennsylvania, if you visit the property or premises of another person, business or entity, and are harmed by an unsafe condition or hazard, you may have a claim to recover monetary compensation. Many times, premises liability cases are referred to as slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents include, but are not limited to, a situation where a person slips, trips or falls due to a hazardous condition that the owner or operator of the premises knew or should have known about.
Premises liability accidents can occur in hotels, apartments, homes, restaurants, casinos, and cruise ships. The owner of an apartment house or hotel complex can also be held liable if the railing or balcony fails and causes catastrophic injury or death. Loose electrical cords, liquids, ice, snow, defective stairways, loose handrails, pavements, and uneven surfaces are frequent causes of slip and fall accidents.
The legendary Beasley slip and fall law firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has handled thousands of premises liability and slip and fall accidents over the last 50 years. In ensuring that our clients’ rights are protected and that justice is obtained, our law firm has been awarded on behalf of injured consumers in excess of $2 billion dollars.
Common Premises Liability Injuries and Accidents
Many times, slip and fall accidents produce serious injuries with painful consequences such as spinal cord damage, brain injury, broken bones, dislocated joints, paraplegia and quadriplegia. The recovery for these injuries may require you to take time off from work and undergo extensive medical procedures as well as lengthy rehabilitation.
Many disabilities can be permanent, resulting in loss of earning capacity. Unfortunately, many serious premises liability cases result in death.
When you visit a restaurant, hotel or any other business facility, the owner and operator of that premises owes you the highest duty of care to safely protect you. According to travel and hotel industry statistics, slip and falls, and premises liability claims account for almost half of all hotel accidents. Bathrooms, bathtubs and balconies are among the top places that they occur. Another example of a premises liability case may involve carbon monoxide poisoning or inadequate or negligent security.
In one premises liability case handled by our firm, gusts of wind caused branches to come loose from a tree, falling down on our client’s loved one and crushing them to death. In another case, a sign became detached because of a gust of high wind and killed an innocent pedestrian in its path who was innocently passing by.
The Beasley firm has successfully represented individuals who have fallen from balconies when a railing gave way during spring holiday season. Many times balcony falls are fueled by alcohol and other improper behavior. Hotel operators and apartment home operators owe the public the highest duty to make sure that balconies are safe and that railings are installed and maintained under appropriate codes insuring one’s safety.
Issues with inadequate and negligent security are called into play when a victim is assaulted, raped, or even killed at an apartment complex, hotel or other business entity due to poor security. Of course, the safety and privacy of all guests’ tenants and residents should and must be a top priority for owners and operators of hotels, apartment homes and all business. Many times, inadequate security and premises liability cases occur due to poor lighting, and lack of easily affordable technology and security devices, such as closed circuit cameras. The Beasley premises liability law firm has successfully represented the families of individuals in inadequate security claims where the victim has been killed, raped, stabbed, burned, suffocated or assaulted due to the failure of a property owner to maintain proper security.
Winning Your Battle with Solid Litigation
An experienced Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer must carefully investigate the facts surrounding the accident. By utilizing accident reconstruction and other effective legal strategies, an attorney must be able to prove that the property owner’s negligence or recklessness led to the slip and fall or premises liability accident.
The slip and fall lawyers of the Philadelphia Beasley firm have the experience necessary to prove that the owner of the property knew or should have known that a hazardous condition was present on his or her premises. If the dangerous condition was present for a length of time and the owner by carrying out practical and regular care should have found out about the condition, then the owner of the property would be presumed to have constructive knowledge and be held liable for monetary damages.
The premises liability Philadelphia lawyers of the Beasley firm have recovered many verdicts and settlements in excess of millions of dollars for victims of slip and fall and premises liability claims. If you or a loved one has sustained a serious injury or if you have lost a loved one as a result of a defect or hazard on somebody else’s property, contact the Beasley Firm experienced slip and fall lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation.