Fall injuries are the number one cause of emergency room visits in the United States. This is particularly true for older Americans, as more than 1 out of 4 older adults will suffer a fall each year. For older Americans, falls are the leading cause of unintentional death.
Trip and fall accidents happen far too frequently. It is often due to uneven pavement or walkway surface, debris, cables or trash. A person might catch part of their foot on the hazard (such as a loose tile) and trip forward, falling to the ground and suffering injuries.
Trip and fall accidents may happen on public sidewalks, on private property, at construction sites, in driveways or on steps, or inside stores. Any walkway surface has a danger of having a tripping hazard. That is why it is up to the person or company that owns or controls the property to make sure that tripping hazards are located and removed before someone gets hurt.
If you have been injured in a trip and fall accident on someone else’s property, it is important to understand your legal rights. Attorney John Mattiacci has handled thousands of injury cases in 17 years of practice and can explain your options in a free initial consultation. The property owner may be responsible for your injuries in a trip and fall case — and you may be able to file a legal claim for your losses.
Mattiacci Law handles all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you are never charged a fee unless we recover a settlement or award in your case. This also means that our interests are the same as yours: to resolve your case efficiently and for the maximum possible value. Contact our firm today at 855-295-3902 (Philadelphia office) or 855-659-6976 (New Jersey office), or online for a free consultation with a Philadelphia trip and fall attorney.
Causes of Trip and Fall Accidents
Trip and fall injuries can happen anywhere: at stores, in restaurants, at work, in hotels, in theaters, on public streets or sidewalks, or in private homes. If the owner of the property where the fall occurred was negligent in maintaining it, he or she may be liable for your losses.
Common causes of trip and fall accidents include:
- Ditches and potholes
- Abrupt changes in walking surfaces
- Inadequate lighting
- Cluttered walkways
- Trash or debris in the walkway
- Damaged floors
- Holes, trenches or other openings in the road, parking lot, or in other paved areas
- Uneven pavement
If there is a hazardous condition that a property owner knows or should know about, that condition should be repaired, or visitors to the property should be warned about the danger.
Common Trip and Fall Injuries
Injuries from trip and fall accidents can range significantly depending on a person’s age, overall health, and other factors, like the severity of the fall and the type of medication that a person is taking. For example, if a person is on a blood thinner, that may make an otherwise minor fall into a life-threatening emergency.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls cause 87% of all bone fractures in older adults. Falls are also the second leading cause of both spinal cord injuries and brain injury symptoms. Other injuries that a person may suffer in a fall include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI);
- Neck, shoulder and back injuries;
- Knee injuries
A trip and fall injury may require expensive ongoing medical treatment. If you are hurt as a result of a fall, you may be out of work for a significant period of time, and your ability to work in the future may be affected. A legal claim for compensation for these losses can help you get your life back on track after such an accident.
Bringing a Trip and Fall Claim
After a trip and fall accident, you may be struggling to handle day-to-day life as you recover from your injuries. A skilled lawyer can help you pursue a claim against the property owner and other responsible parties to help you get the money that you deserve for your losses.
The team at Mattiacci Law begins each case by starting an investigation. This may include a site visit, measurements, photographs and video, and may include involving safety engineers or an appropriate expert. All of this information helps to document and prove what the tripping hazard was and who was responsible.
To prove a claim, we must demonstrate that:
- The property owner or renter had a legal obligation (duty) to you to make the property safe;
- The owner did not fulfill his or her duty (breach);
- You fell as a direct result of the owner’s breach (causation);
- You suffered harm (damages).
These four elements — duty, breach, causation, damages — form a negligence claim. Trip and fall cases are a type of premises liability case and can be complicated. However, with the assistance of an experienced attorney, you may be able to recover for your losses.
For example, attorney John Mattiacci represented an elderly woman who tripped on a hole while she was on a sidewalk in Philadelphia and suffered a broken wrist. She was awarded $550,000 by a jury, which was reduced slightly because the jury found her to be partially at fault. Ultimately, she was awarded over half a million dollars by a Philadelphia jury.
While each case is unique, our team has substantial experience advocating for victims in all types of trip and fall cases. Our track record includes multiple six and seven figure recoveries for trip and fall cases that occurred on construction sites.
How a Philadelphia Trip and Fall Attorney Can Help
Trip and fall accidents can lead to broken bones, concussions, spinal cord injuries, and even death. When property owners fail to take care of their property, innocent people suffer. If you have been the victim of a trip and fall accident, Mattiacci Law is here to help.
Our firm offers free initial consultations, and we never charge a fee unless we recover money in your case. To schedule an appointment with a Philadelphia trip and fall attorney, contact our firm today at 855-295-3902 (Philadelphia office) or 855-659-6976 (New Jersey office), or online.