Skilled Premises Liability Attorneys Representing Clients in Newton and Doylestown, PA
Responsive Legal Support as You Take Action after a Slip and Fall Accident
Property owners — particularly businesses and homeowners — are obligated to keep their premises reasonably safe for customers and guests. If they fail to take proper precautions and an injury results, victims can work with an experienced personal injury attorney to gain rightful compensation for the pain they endure. The team at Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier has represented individuals and families across Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1981, and we have the skill and knowledge to handle all of your needs related to your premises liability claim.
Property Owners Have a Responsibility to Keep Guests Safe
A slip and fall injury can occur almost anywhere. The following are some of the most common factors that contribute to premises accidents:
- Dangerous conditions — When inviting guests onto their properties, owners have a responsibility to keep them reasonably safe from hazards. Slippery surfaces or blocked walkways can easily cause people to slip or trip, sometimes resulting in serious injury or even death.
- Inadequate security — This is another common scenario in premises liability cases. If there are clear and present dangers, businesses must provide adequate security to keep guests safe. Failure to do so could enable robbery, battery, sexual assault or other serious crimes to occur on their property, some of which could result in significant injuries.
- Poor lighting — Property owners must also keep their premises properly lit in order to prevent personal injuries and security issues. Parking lots, hallways, aisles, stairwells, locker rooms and swimming pools are just a few of the spaces that could become dangerous without ample lighting.
- Falling objects — This is a common issue at retail stores, when merchandise falls off high shelves onto customers. Businesses should not place heavy objects so high up that those that do fall have the potential to cause serious injury. Furthermore, if they must place items on high shelves, they need to ensure that everything is properly secured.
- Code violations — Building codes offer strict standards on how property owners should keep their premises safe for customers and guests. To be up to code, a building must be equipped with sprinklers and fire escapes, working elevators, well-lit emergency exits, safe electrical wiring and emergency lighting systems.
Pursuing Compensation after a Slip and Fall Accident
If you or a loved one suffers injury due to dangerous property conditions, you may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit against those responsible. Liable parties could include the property owner, the manufacturers of equipment that may have malfunctioned or other guests and customers who may have contributed to the accident. In these types of personal injury claims, you can typically obtain coverage for lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation costs and pain and suffering. You may also wish to seek punitive damages for gross negligence or intentional wrongdoing — this can help ensure that others do not suffer similar injuries in the future.
When considering whether to file a premises liability claim, it’s important to remember that the statute of limitations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for personal injury lawsuits is two years. Thus, you only have two years from the time of the incident — or when symptoms of your injury first started showing — in which to file your lawsuit.
Rely on a Bucks County Law Firm with Years of Experience Handling Personal Injury Cases
If you or a loved one suffers injury on an unmaintained or dangerous property, speak with a skilled slip and fall lawyer from Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier. Set up a meeting by calling or by contacting us online. We proudly represent clients located throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey from our offices in Newtown and Trenton.