A slip and fall is a generic term for an injury that occurs when someone slips, trips or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on someone else’s property. It includes falls as a result of water, ice or snow, as well as abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting or even a hidden hazard such as a gap or a hard to see hole in the ground.
Falls are responsible for more injuries and broken bones than any other type of accident. The most common fall-related injuries are fractures of the hip, spine and forearm. Slip and fall accidents may be caused by poorly maintained sidewalks, steps, floors, pavement, and other defects.
Property owners are responsible for injuries that occur as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on their property, which the owner knew about, or should have known about if they did routine inspections.
I recently recovered a significant settlement for an elderly person who tripped and fell in Philadelphia due to a defective sidewalk. I was able to prove that the property owner was aware of this dangerous condition and did not take the necessary steps to correct it and prevent injuries such as those incurred by my client from occurring.