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What to Do If You’ve Been in a Serious Slip and Fall Accident

Slip and fall accidents happen all the time, regardless of the weather, often because of dangerous, uneven sidewalk conditions, wet surfaces, potholes, etc. In Pennsylvania, premises liability (or liability to a landowner for certain torts or negligence that occur on their property) is dependent upon whether the person on the premises is an invitee, licensee, or trespasser. When you are a business visitor or a member of the public on land that is open to the public, you are an invitee, and you are owed the highest duty by the landowner. The landowner is liable for any harm to you as an invitee if they knew or would have known about the dangerous condition that led to your injury (if they had exercised reasonable care).

When you are on someone else’s property—whether it belongs to the local government, a business owner, or an individual—you have a right to expect reasonable standards of care. If you have fallen and been injured, you have may have a right to seek compensation for someone else’s negligence, but it is important to take several steps immediately after to protect your safety and your right to bring a claim:

Report It

Ensure that the property owner is put on notice of your injury, and ask for a copy of the accident report.

Limit What You Say

Immediately after an accident, sometimes the inclination is to assure everyone that you are fine. Instead, try to avoid excessive discussions about the accident.


Take photos. It is important to document any conditions that gave rise to the accident, as well as the date and time. Gather contact information for anyone involved and/or witnesses.

Seek Medical Attention

Addressing any injuries you may have obtained is a priority. Ensure that you keep any and all records of the resulting injuries and medical expenses.


Place everything that you were wearing aside for storage, as it may serve as important evidence if you need to bring a claim for your injuries.


Premises Liability Claims in Pennsylvania

If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of a property owner’s failure to take reasonable care of their premises, our experienced attorneys at Solnick & Levin LLC can help. It is important to consult with attorneys experienced with premises liability because these claims can be complex, and property owners can assert defenses concerning the responsibility of the person who is injured, such as accusing the injured of having previous knowledge of the dangerous condition. Time is of the essence; the statute of limitations to bring your claim is two years. To learn more about your rights, contact our Jenkintown, Pennsylvania offices.


Depositions in Personal Injury Cases

May 15, 2015

Many personal injury cases settle without going to court because there are numerous benefits associated with settlement, including potentially saving time, money and risk. However, if a case is going to trial, attorneys often have to depose a witness (take their sworn testimony by asking questions of the witness before trial). This is part of […]

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Obesity a Significant Risk for Death in Car Crashes

May 14, 2015

According to a study from UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation and Research Education Center (SafeTREC), obese drivers are up to 78 percent more likely to die in a car crash than normal-weight drivers. This means that, given the rising rate of obesity in the U.S., the ability of vehicles to protect overweight drivers will play an […]

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What Is The Purpose of a Letter of Protection in Personal Injury?

May 13, 2015

A letter of protection (LOP) is a document that allows an injured patient to receive treatment at a hospital or from a doctor without having to pay for it at that specific time. This typically allows the payment of medical bills to be deferred until a patient has fully recovered and is able to receive […]

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Can I Take Medical Leave After My Car Accident?

May 11, 2015

The Federal Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides you with certain rights with respect to taking leave from work to recuperate from a serious health condition or to assist a family member recuperate from their own health condition (and to ensure that your job waiting for you when you come back). Pennsylvania employers, in particular, must […]

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Car Accidents Leading Cause of Spinal Injuries

May 7, 2015

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 32,719 fatalities in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 alone, and motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal injuries. Most of these injuries begin with a disruption to your vertebrae, potentially tearing into tissue and damaging nerve parts that carry communication signals […]

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Dealing with Employment Discrimination after a Workplace Injury

May 4, 2015

Workplace injuries are not uncommon. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases was 109.4 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2013 alone. What happens when people are injured at work and try to get back into their everyday work routine? Workplace discrimination can […]

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What You Should Know About Personal Injury Settlements

April 29, 2015

Settlements frequently make the headlines. Recently, a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether employees can avoid repaying health benefits from the proceeds of a lawsuit or other settlement by spending the money first has been receiving a lot of attention from the press. All of this media attention demonstrates just how important […]

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If You Are Hit By An Uninsured Driver…

April 24, 2015

Philadelphia ranks in the top ten most expensive cities for purchasing car insurance. Sadly, drivers cannot always control for the factors that go into calculating their insurance premiums, factors such as crime rates, traffic, accident rates, weather conditions, etc. In addition, there are a number of uninsured drivers on the road with whom you could collide […]

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What is Discovery and How Does It Work in a Personal Injury Case?

April 20, 2015

What takes place between the filing of a lawsuit and the end result can be both mysterious and complicated. Discovery is the process that provides the parties with the information (evidence) necessary for that end result. This can be done via requests for admissions and depositions, answers to interrogatories, and production of documents. The result […]

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