Slip and Fall or "premises liability" is a short hand method of referring to injuries caused by dangerous conditions on someone elses' property. Often the injury literally results from a slip or trip and fall but it can also result from other circumstances, such as when a staircase collapses. Slip and falls are the leading cause of hospitalization among adults and can result in serious injuries, including fractured bones, dislocations, brain injuries, paralysis and even death.

Unexpected water on a tile floor, an uneven stairway with slippery treads, a loose handrail...these are but a few examples of conditions that may cause an injury for which the landowner may be liable.

Accidents happen and it's not always someone else's fault. But some accidents are easily preventable particularly by landowners who know about a dangerous condition. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured as a consequence of a dangerous condition on someone else's property, our Erie slip and fall lawyers can help. Talk to a Pennsylvania slip and fall lawyer today 877-505-9548 or fill out our on-line consult form.

Why Talk to a Lawyer About a Slip and Fall Injury?

Like most injury related litigation, the law pertaining to slip and fall injuries is more complicated than it may seem at first blush. While property owners (or those in control of the property) have a general duty to make their property safe for visitors, they are not responsible merely because someone was injured on the property.

A landowner's responsibility depends upon whether or not the person in control of the property was negligent. Negligence in the premises liability context has the same general meaning as it does in other contexts like car accidents. It means, generally, carelessness. But the legal rules that guide a determination of property owner negligence (or legal carelessness) are specific, unique and somewhat arbitrary in the premises liability case.

Whether or not a property owner is liable for injuries occurring on their property may turn on issues such as:

1. The status of the injured person - the duty owed by a landowner may change dependent upon the status of the injured person;

2. The status of the person in control of the property - not all owners control the property and not all controllers are subject to the same scope of responsibility. The duty and scope of responsibility may change dependent upon the status of the person in control;

3. The nature of the dangerous condition - Did the danger stem from a spill that was not promptly cleaned or from snow and ice? Even among snow and ice there are differing sources of snow and ice. These subtle changes in condition may control the outcome of a Pennsylvania slip and fall case.

Because injuries from slip and fall accidents can be severe and because the legal and factual issues associated with investigating and proving such claims can be complex (Click HERE to see what YOU can do to help yourself), it is generally necessary to seek the assistance of experienced Pennsylvania premises liability lawyers in order to recover the damages the law allows.

The Erie premises liability lawyers at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. have experience with cases in which people have been seriously injured as a result of a dangerous property condition. Our primary goal and objective is to make sure our clients and their families receive the compensation and resources they need to treat and manage their injury and to compensate them for their losses.

Call Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. today, toll free 877-505-9548 to schedule your free and confidential consultation with an Erie trip and fall lawyer.

We will fight for your legal rights to the money and resources you need to fix what can be fixed, help what can be helped and make up for what cannot be fixed or helped.