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Premises Liability

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When someone slips or trips and falls at a person's home, in a store, or on a sidewalk, one of the most common questions is: "Who's responsible?" At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we've helped thousands of people who slipped, tripped, and fell with a free legal evaluation and by helping them get the compensation they deserve. It boils down to a legal term called "premises liability."

Premises liability is the legal responsibility that property owners have for injuries that occur on their property due to slip and fall accidents. If a person slips, trips, or falls as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition – such as a wet floor with no caution sign – the property owner may be fully responsible. In general, property owners are held accountable for falls that result from ice and snow, water, abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, or a hidden hazard, such as a gap or hole in the ground.

In many instances, you may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, missed paychecks due to time off work, and pain and suffering if you have a premises liability case. If the slip and fall accident led to a person's death, surviving family members may receive compensation.

Factors in Evaluating Premises Liability

In order for a property owner to be legally responsible for injuries suffered from slip and fall or trip and fall accidents, one of the following must be true:

  • The owner of the property (individual or business) or an employee must have caused the dangerous condition (such as a spill or other slippery or other hazardous surface).
  • The owner of the premises or an employee must have known about the dangerous condition but done nothing about it. An example of this would be a homeowner who fails to remove snow or ice from his or her property within a reasonable amount of time, and a visitor slips and falls.
  • The owner of the premises or an employee should have known about the dangerous condition. For example, a landlord who was notified several times about dangerous steps at one of his properties may be liable if tenants injured themselves, because landlords should regularly inspect their properties for unsafe conditions.

Proving liability in the third situation can be tricky because of the words "should have known." In these instances, the case is often decided by common sense. Judges and juries determine liability by deciding if the owner makes regular and thorough efforts to keep the property safe and clean. Having an experienced lawyer on your side is a great advantage in cases where you need to prove that a property owner should have known about a dangerous condition.

Homeowner Liability

Homeowners can be held liable for people injured on their property. However, there are many details to consider. Learn more about:

Homeowner Liability

Renter and Landlord Liability

If you rent, you may or may not be responsible if a person is injured while on the property. In many cases, the landlord will be held responsible, but it depends on your type of unit and where you live. Learn more about:

Renter and Landlord Liability

Business Owner Liability

Business owners are responsible for keeping their stores, offices, shopping centers, hospitals, and restaurants safe and hazard-free for consumers. While not every single danger can always be avoided, business owners must do everything possible to avoid people being injured – to protect visitors and their own financial security. Learn more about:

Business Owner Liability

Our Experienced Attorneys Can Help You With Your Slip and Fall Case

If you slipped and fell, or tripped and fell, you may have suffered serious injuriesbroken bones, hip injuries, or even a traumatic brain injury. You may have even lost a loved one due to a slip and fall accident.

At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we've seen too often the tragedies and life struggles these injuries can cause, which is why we've spent the past 30+ years protecting the rights of victims injured in slip and fall accidents. We know the ins and outs of these types of cases, and we have the experience and resources needed to build a solid case and get you the compensation you deserve for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Missed paychecks
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scars

Through helping hundreds of slip and fall accident victims, our experienced lawyers know that dealing with serious injuries isn't easy. Your life changed in an instant, and it may never be the same again. You're dealing with stress, medical bills, and confusing paperwork – all because of a situation you couldn't prevent.

With help from our Pennsylvania law firm, you can take back your life and get the compensation you deserve for everything you've been through. From beginning to end, our attorneys and legal staff go to work for you – handling all the hassles, treating you with respect, answering your questions, and guiding you through the complicated legal process.

Our successful slip and fall verdicts show how we use our experience to protect your rights. But if you're still not convinced hiring a lawyer will be worth it, remember that there's never a fee unless we get money for you. If we don't win your slip and fall case or get a settlement in your favor, you won't owe us anything.

Get a Free Legal Consultation for Your Slip and Fall Injuries Today

If you slipped and fell or injured yourself on another person's property, you may have a premises liability case. Evidence disappears very quickly in slip and fall situations, so it's critical that you contact an attorney as quickly as possible to learn your legal options and protect your rights.

Call 1-866-9-4EDGAR (1-866-943-3427), or fill out your information with the form at the top right of this webpage to get started with a free legal consultation – no obligation. Our phones answer 24/7, so call any time.

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