After a slip and fall accident in a public place, most peoples’ immediate reaction is one of embarrassment — pursuing legal action against the business owner may not be the first thing to come to mind. However, once the reality of medical and other expenses associated with recovery hit, it’s natural to want to explore your options for compensation.
It is important to remember that seeking compensation isn’t about being rewarded for an accident or punishing the property owner for an innocent oversight. Rather, it’s about ensuring you have the resources necessary to recover properly and preventing others from experiencing the same mishap.
Neglecting your medical care now can have long-term consequences. Following an accidental slip and fall, the lawyers at Harrisburg’s McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. can review your options and help you take the steps necessary to begin a proper recovery. Contact our office to arrange your free consultation today.
Your Rights Before and After an Accident
Provided you take reasonable precautions, it should be a given that a visit to a home, business or public place won’t put you at risk of injury. Property owners have a responsibility to maintain premises that are safe and secure. Slips and falls are some of the most common premises accidents and are frequently the result of negligence such as:
- Unsafe stairwells: Unlit, poorly maintained or ill-equipped stairwells are frequent sites of slip and fall injuries. Maintenance issues such as torn carpeting or loose railings can easily create the conditions for an accident.
- Slippery floors: Wet or dangerous floors should be clearly marked, with an alternative route made available to visitors if possible.
- Debris: Clutter and debris are easily controlled in most environments. Neglecting to do so can lead to an accident. Spills, garbage and exposed wires are often the basis of slip and fall lawsuits.
- Unmaintained parking lots: Ice and snow, potholes, uneven ground and other conditions put both drivers and pedestrians at risk. Property owners are required to ensure all public spaces outside the building are accessible and well-maintained in order to prevent slips and falls.
A Slip and Fall Lawyer’s Role
A slip and fall accident attorney will go over the incident with you and assess your options for moving forward. This can include negotiating a settlement with an insurance company or bringing the property owner to court. In either case, the goal is to ensure you get the money you need to enjoy a full and proper recovery.
Too often, slip and fall victims will forgo treatment because they fear pursuing legal action will be expensive, embarrassing or not successful. While avoiding a lawsuit may seem like the noble thing to do, it risks potential future medical complications that can be far worse than the process of seeking compensation.
The law firm of McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. will review you case and provide you with an honest assessment of your chances. Our slip and fall attorneys are available to meet clients in the hospital and are accessible around the clock to respond immediately to new developments in your case.
Our Harrisburg office serves clients throughout central PA and across the state. Contact us today for your free initial consultation.