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Philadelphia Slip and Fall Attorney

Philadelphia Slip and Fall Attorney John Fox speaks about his career as a top rated trial lawyer in Philadelphia

 

WHAT SETS US APART FROM ANOTHER PHILADELPHIA SLIP AND FALL ATTORNEY?

As a former defense attorney for a fortune 500 company, Philadelphia Slip and Fall Attorney John Fox has vast experience with insurance companies. John Fox knows how personal injury cases are defended.  He puts his 25 year career as a top rated trial lawyer to work for you, successfully representing serious slip, trip, and fall injury victims.

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I was involved in an accident in the Philadelphia Airport. I live in Oregon, so it was a leap of faith for me to find a Philadelphia Slip and Fall Attorney online to work with me. Mr. Fox was intelligent, articulate, professional, and compassionate. He was always available to answer my phone calls and emails. He truly cared about the health problems I suffered as a result of the accident. He represented me and I received a very fair settlement from an airline. Thank you for the good work you do, Mr. Fox. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing professional legal representation. He’s top notch.”  ~Julie Brown  Click on Google 5 Star Rating or Click Here for More Great Reviews.

SLIP, TRIP, and FALL PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT OVERVIEW

Slip, trip, and fall personal injury lawsuits occur when property owners fail to maintain their property and you suffer a serious injury due to hazardous conditions. Owners and landlords who are negligent can be held responsible for your injury. Slip and fall lawsuits usually involve injuries that require extended hospital stays and/or therapy appointments.

4 Important Elements to the Success of Your Slip and Fall Case:

  1. If possible, get a picture of the defect. It is very helpful to have a picture of the defect as near to the time of your injury as possible. Over time, snow melts and conditions change and it becomes your word against theirs. A picture tells a thousand words.
  2. Immediately report the incident to the store or property owner. If you leave the scene without telling anyone what happened, they will question the truthfulness of your story.
  3. Take the name and number of any witnesses, if possible.
  4. Seek medical help as soon as possible to document your injury.

WHAT TO SAY AT YOUR DOCTOR VISIT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING A SLIP AND FALL INJURY

First, be truthful about prior medical conditions. Exacerbation of a pre-existing injury is compensable. However, failure to disclose prior medical conditions will ruin your credibility and your case. Defense attorneys will discover your pre-existing medical condition.

Second, tell your doctor EVERYTHING that is hurting you as a result of the accident. It is impossible to know whether an injury will resolve or develop into something more serious over time. For example, you may be focused on the pain from a twisted ankle and fail to mention a slightly aching shoulder. The twisted ankle may resolve itself over time but the slight ache in your shoulder may become chronic, keep you awake at night, and end up requiring rotator cuff surgery. If you don’t identify ALL of your aches and pains at your initial doctor visit, insurance companies will question the injury later as being related to the accident.

SLIP AND FALL INJURY CASES REQUIRE PROOF OF NOTICEPhiladelphia Slip and Fall Attorney

Slip and fall lawsuits require more than a hazardous condition. You must prove notice of the hazardous condition. The real test in a slip and fall case is not only the defective or hazardous condition, but whether the landlord or owner knew or should have known of the defective or hazardous condition. For example, if there is ice and snow on a sidewalk, the landlord has a reasonable amount of time to clear the hazardous condition. Therefore, there is a better chance for recovery the longer the hazardous condition exists. If there is question as to how long a hazardous condition existed, an experienced Philadelphia Slip and Fall Attorney can often prove notice.

OWNER DUTY VARIES DEPENDING ON YOUR STATUS ON THE PROPERTY IN SLIP AND FALL INJURY CASES

Depending on your status on the property as a business invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser, your rights vary. A business invitee, such as shopping in a store, requires the highest standard of duty. Business owners are required to inspect and correct dangerous conditions.

A licensee, such as a guest on a property or a friend attending a party, requires a lesser standard of duty.  In the case of a licensee, there is duty to correct or to warn of dangerous conditions, but no duty to inspect on the part of the owner/landlord.

A trespasser is someone who goes on the property without permission and require the least duty on the part of the owner. In the case of a trespasser, the owner or landlord’s duty is limited to the intentional or reckless injury a trespasser.

Philadelphia Slip and Fall AttorneyLANDLORD NEGLIGENCE IN SLIP AND FALL INJURY CASES

In general, landlords are responsible for structural maintenance and repairs of the property and tenants are responsible for the general maintenance, however responsibilities may vary depending on the lease agreement. In residential lease agreements, landlords often only make repairs inside a home or apartment when requested by the tenant. Therefore, it is a good idea to make your requests for repair in writing to document proof of notice. In fact, some lease agreements require that the tenant advise the landlord of conditions in need of repair in writing.

When a landlord retains control of the common areas of a property, they are responsible for maintaining that area. However, when an entire property is leased, Pennsylvania Law doctrine “landlord out of possession” does not require the owner to be responsible, unless certain exceptions apply. Philadelphia Slip and Fall Attorney John Fox can help you to determine how Pennsylvania law applies in your situation. 

COMMON CAUSES OF SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTSPhiladelphia Slip and Fall Attorney

Sidewalk Disrepair

Most sidewalk maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner. The city or township may have secondary liability if proof of notice is established. Taking a picture is very helpful to document the defective condition in sidewalk trip and fall cases.

Stairs or Steps

Stair injury is often very serious. Sometimes stair defects or disrepair are obvious code violations and other times there are no code violations but still an unsafe situation. Stair or step location, traffic pattern, or circumstances, may require additional warning signs to pedestrians. Philadelphia Slip and Fall Attorney John Fox can help you determine if your injury is related to an unsafe stair or step situation.

Weather Related Conditions

Owners and landlords are allowed a reasonable amount of time to clear hazardous weather related conditions, however if a reasonable amount of time has passed and you are injured as a result of the condition, they may be held liable for your injury.

Cluttered or Unsafe Store Aisles

When stores welcome you into their place of business, they are required to keep the aisles safe for shoppers. If you trip and fall on an unexpected item in an aisle while shopping, owners may be held liable for your injury.

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When your injury goes beyond Worker’s Compensation

If you are injured in an accident while in the course of your employment, the typical relief is to be covered by Worker’s Compensation. However, if the defective condition that caused your slip and fall injury is in a building owned by someone else and not your employer, you can make a claim against the owner of the property. Philadelphia Slip and Fall Attorney John Fox can help you determine if your injury goes beyond a Worker’s Compensation claim.

FOX LAW WELCOMES THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT YOU.

If you would like to discuss your case with Philadelphia Slip and Fall Attorney John Fox, please call 215-568-6868 for a Free Case Evaluation today.

We make a recovery for you or it’s free.” ~John Fox, Philadelphia Slip and Fall Attorney

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
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John Fox has been a practicing AV Preeminent rated personal injury Lawyer since 1980. John Fox's litigation and trial experience encompasses trucking accidents with catastrophic injuries; automobile accidents; premises liability lawsuits; tanker truck accidents; environmental claims, national fraternity personal injury cases, medical malpractice, and business dispute litigation.

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