Slip & Fall

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Looking for a slip & fall lawyer in Lancaster County? Falls are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for approximately 8.9 million visits to the emergency department annually. Most people have a friend or relative who has fallen, or maybe you have slipped and fallen yourself. Falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional death in homes and communities, resulting in more than 25,000 fatalities in 2009. The risk of falling, and fall-related problems, rises with age and is a serious issue in homes and communities. If you need a Slip & fall lawyer in Lancaster county call RG Injury Law.

Common reasons for falls include:

  • Sidewalks
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Walking surfaces containing spills
  • Improper snow and ice removal
  • Negligently designed floor surfaces
  • Areas prone to wetness or spills
  • Unguarded heights
  • Unstable work surfaces
  • Ladders
  • Stairs
  • No handrail
  • Inadequate handrails
  • No warnings or inadequate warnings
  • No wet floor signs

Slip and fall cases can be tough cases to win. These cases are often a double edged sword. If the defect of the problem was so bad, then the insurance companies will argue that you should have seen the problem because it was so obvious. On the other hand, if the defect or problem could not be seen by the injured person, then they will argue that the defect was trivial. The most important requirement of any slip and fall case is an attorney who is willing to fight with the insurance company. The insurance companies do not usually settle slip and fall cases without a fight. Frankly most personal injury attorneys in southcentral Pennsylvania are not willing to fight. Before you trust your case to an attorney, ask them how many cases they have tried and when was the last time they tried a case. You would be shocked at the answers; assuming they tell you the truth. Most personal injury attorneys in Lancaster, York, Dauphin, Lebanon, and Chester counties have not set foot in a courtroom in the past year, let alone actually took a case to trial. Unfortunately, for the clients of these attorneys, the insurance industry tracks attorneys. They know which attorneys are willing to fight.

Chad Rankin and Bill Gregory are willing to fight for you. The insurance companies know that the attorneys at RG Injury Law are willing to put in the effort and spend the money to take cases to trial, if necessary. Because of our willingness to fight for you, we find that almost all of our clients get settlement offers that they want to accept before we even need to go to trial.

Who is responsible for my fall?

The answer to this question requires the ability to identify, at a minimum, the owner of the property, the leasor or tenant, and/or the person or business responsible for maintaining the property. RG Injury Law is experienced in identifying all the responsible parties, even if they try to hide through some sham company.

In most cases, the landlord is responsible for any defect or problem with the property. There are exceptions to this general rule. For instance, there are many cases that allow an out of possession landlord to avoid liability for defects in property controlled exclusively by a tenant. The landlord will often contract its responsibility to take care of the property to someone else. That someone else is often a property management company, tenant, or contractor.

Who will pay for my medical bills?

The responsible party will ultimately have to pay for your fall related medical expenses. Some businesses have a medical pay provision, and this type of coverage can start immediately. However, most medical expense payments made by the responsible party will happen when the case settles or is won.

Medical providers often do not want to wait for the case to settle before they are paid for the medical treatment and evaluation that they provide to you. If you have medical coverage through a private health insurance policy, Medicare, or Medicaid (DPW), then your fall related expenses should be submitted to them.

If your medical expenses are paid by a health insurance policy, Medicare, or Medicaid (DPW), then they will want to be repaid when you win or settle your case. The attorneys at RG Injury Law know whether they can get their money back and how much they could possibly get back. We will also negotiate with these entities to help maximum our clients’ recoveries.

Who will pay for my lost wages?

The responsible party will ultimately have to pay for your lost wages. However, this payment comes when the case is won or settled. Unfortunately, many people cannot wait for the case to settle before they need income to pay for their bills. Unless you have a personal disability policy, such as Aflac, you will need an attorney who will move your case quickly. The attorneys are RG Injury Law move cases fast and for full value. Chad Rankin and Bill Gregory both have a reputation for getting fair settlements fast. If an attorney is interested in taking your case, ask them how long, on average, it takes them to finish a case.

Am I entitled to pain and suffering?

In addition to the economic damages such as lost wages and medical expenses, you are also entitled to pain and suffering under Pennsylvania law when the negligence of another caused you harm or injury. The value of your pain is suffering is determined by the nature of your injuries, the treatment required, how long the injury lasted, any permanent effects from the injury, and the effect the injury has had on your life.

More fall statistics

ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL

  • Over 9 million disabling slip/fall injuries occur per year
  • 25 thousand injuries per day/175,000 per week
  • Resulting in 95 million lost work days
  • Expenses from these injuries amount to 3.5 million per hour everyday of the year
  • This is a one hundred billion dollar problem each year
  • The average cost per slip/fall accident was $20,228.00

IN A SURVEY TAKEN BY THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

  • Slip/Fall accidents are the most common work related injury
  • 35% of all work related accidents are classified as falls
  • Slip/Fall injuries represent over 65% of all work days lost
  • The average work days an employee is off the job is 38 days per accident

THE NATIONAL FLOOR SAFETY INSTITUTE FOUND

  • Each year, more than 3 million food service employees and 1 million guests are injured as the results of a slip and fall accident. It is estimated that that the food service industry spends more than $2 billion each year for such injuries and this figure is rising by 10% every year.

Statistics courtesy of http://www.floortesting.com/stats.html