Slip and Fall

Slip and Fall2019-03-28T17:18:46+00:00

Reliable and Effective Legal Representation for Slip and Fall Victims

Whether you fall on a wet floor in a local grocery store or trip on broken pavement in a parking lot, you might have a right to compensation from the private individual, government entity or commercial business that owns the property. Many victims of slip and fall and trip and fall accidents elect not to seek immediate medical attention. This hesitancy can result from underestimating the severity of injury or embarrassment regarding the cause of injury.

Despite the tendency of many people to view slip and fall injuries as causing more damage to the ego than the body, falls caused by unsafe conditions can and frequently do cause devastating injuries. Falls are a leading cause of unintentional injuries in the U.S., accounting for 8.9 million emergency room visits annually according to the National Safety Council. The agency also reports that falls claim the lives of 25,000 people in a typical year, which makes falls the second leading cause of unintentional deaths. Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to the risk of being injured in a slip and fall accident, and they tend to have a poorer prognosis for recovery because their bodies typically do not heal as rapidly or completely.

Property owners who hold their property open to the public generally owe a duty to make their premises safe for the public or to provide an adequate warning regarding hazards that are not likely to be discovered by visitors. However, slip and fall and trip and fall cases are tenaciously defended by insurance carriers. These cases tend to be extremely fact sensitive, so it is important to obtain prompt legal representation to facilitate an investigation before hazardous conditions are repaired and witness memories fade.

Why Paul M Mahoney Is the Right Choice

Legal claims arising from injuries caused by spilled liquids, sticky substances on flooring and broken steps necessitate very close scrutiny and analysis of the facts and circumstances. Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer Paul M Mahoney understands the need for a careful investigation, as well as the subtle distinctions that can mean the difference between a substantial judgment or settlement and a defense verdict in slip, trip and fall litigation. Mr. Mahoney’s success in obtaining large settlements in slip and fall cases stems from his experience as an attorney. He understands the key issues that must be evaluated and gathers evidence necessary to establish the liability of property owners.

What is Investigated?

When a fall victim retains Mr. Mahoney to pursue a slip and fall lawsuit, he will promptly investigate the following issues:

  • What was the nature of the visit to the accident site? Was the property private, public or commercial?
  • Did the property owner know or should the property owner have known of the existence of the hazard?
  • How long was the hazard present?
  • Was the location the site of similar accidents in the past?
  • Were inspection and maintenance procedures adequate?
  • What steps did the property owner take to eliminate the hazard?
  • Were warnings adequate to provide notice of the risk?
  • Did the property owner and his or her employees comply with their own maintenance polices?
  • Was the unsafe condition open and obvious?
  • Did the property owner contribute to creation of the unsafe condition?

These are just a few of the issues that Mr. Mahoney might investigate when building a legal claim for compensation arising out of a fall. He will gather relevant evidence which might involve prior accidents, emergency response calls to the premises, witness statements, photos of the premises, surveillance footage, accident reports and other evidence to prove that the property owner failed to make the conditions safe or provide adequate warnings to the fall victim.

Recovering Damages for Severe Injuries and Wrongful Death

When you fall on a hazard that poses a trip and fall or slip and fall risk, you can suffer a wide range of serious injuries that include broken bones, fractures, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and wrongful death. These kinds of serious injuries can result in staggering medical bills, prolonged periods of disability from employment, excruciating pain and suffering and impaired quality of life. Some of the damages that Mr. Mahoney might seek include:

  • Lost earnings Hospital bills and other medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Diminished earning ability
  • Adverse impact on quality of life
  • Disfigurement Exemplary or punitive damages (conduct exhibiting a conscious indifference for the safety of others)

Paul M Mahoney – Slip and Fall Lawyer

Experienced Philadelphia slip and fall attorneys like Paul Mahoney recognize the importance of prompt investigation and analysis of the surrounding circumstances and facts when representing clients in slip and fall accidents. Mr. Mahoney works diligently to construct a persuasive claim for compensation based on the facts and law for those injured on the property of others. We handle all slip and fall and trip and fall accident cases, including but not limited to the following:

  • Unsafe buildings
  • Loose/missing handrails
  • Steps in disrepair
  • Store aisle debris
  • Cracked an uneven sidewalks
  • Unsafe conditions
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