Bethlehem Slip and Fall Lawyers
Living in Bethlehem and the surrounding Lehigh Valley means enjoying long strolls along sidewalks adjacent to tree-lined streets. From Moravian College and the Historic District to Lehigh University and the South Side, the city of Bethlehem is very inviting to pedestrian travel. However, walking in and about the city can create some particular challenges especially at night and in the winter months. At night, it can be difficult to navigate the slate slabs that are used for sidewalks, hiding deviations in height from one slab to the next, as tree roots tend to push-up the walkways. Additionally, in the winter months, property owners often fail to keep the sidewalks as clear as they should. When you trip and fall or slip and fall, due to someone else’s carelessness, it is hard to know what to do. Don’t try to figure it out on your own — turn to the experienced Bethlehem slip and fall lawyers at our firm.
Our Bethlehem Slip and Fall Lawyers Explain Your First Step After an Accident
If you slip and fall outside of a business or residence, you should try to report the dangerous condition as soon as possible, if you are able, so that the landowner can take steps to correct the condition and someone else does not become injured. This can be difficult if you are unable to stand-up and must be emergently transported from the scene. However, the hope is that the emergency personnel or the police responding to the scene will be able to notify the responsible party of the dangerous condition of the property. If you are unable to notify the property owner, taking a picture of the dangerous condition can be helpful in reporting the condition thereafter.
If you or someone you care about has been injured due to the negligence of another, we encourage you to contact the Bethlehem slip and fall lawyers at Drake, Hileman & Davis. Our consultation about your case is free and there is no fee or cost to you until we are able to obtain a recovery on your behalf. For your free case evaluation, you can contact us at 610-882-1717 or use the online form to the right of this page.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Injuries?
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common accidents experienced by their unfortunate victims. These accidents often result from someone else’s negligence or failure to maintain a safe environment on their property.
Some of the most common causes for slip and fall accidents include:
- Inadequate Safety Maintenance. When a property owner fails to safely maintain their property, visitors are often the victims of slip and fall accidents. In particular, unsafe working environments, such as construction sites, are also the cause of numerous work-related slip and fall injuries.
- Environmental Conditions. Dangerous environmental conditions are also responsible for a large number of slip and fall accidents. These conditions may include debris on floors, poor lighting, cables run across walkways, and even open desk drawers or misplaced furniture.
- Particular Industries. Some industry workplaces or professions, such as construction, restaurants, custodial, and factories, are simply more prone to slip and fall accidents than others.
- Flooring Conditions. Uneven and wet floors, and even transitions from one type of flooring to another type, such as hardwood to carpeting, often cause slip and fall accidents, especially for people who are otherwise engaged while walking. Added to this list are soapy or greasy floors, uncleaned spills, and frozen outdoor walkways.
- Unsafe Ladders and Stairs. Broken or defective ladders and improper ladder use, as well as uneven or defective stairways, including the lack of or broken handrails, cause hundreds of slip and fall accidents, resulting in minor to severe injuries.
- Improper Training. Many work areas expose workers to unsafe conditions. Employers that don’t provide proper on-the-job training may be exposed to liability for slip and fall accidents.
- Improper Footwear. A high percentage of slip and fall accidents are caused by improper footwear, including high, spiked heels, sneakers, and even work boots that don’t provide proper traction.
Injuries Caused by Slip and Falls
Many times when you are injured in a slip and fall accident, it is a serious injury involving a fracture, dislocation or tear. Frequently, we have seen broken ankles and hips; torn meniscus and ligaments, as well as fractured elbows and Humerus bones, together with torn rotator cuffs. The reality with some of these injuries is that surgery is usually involved and the recovery is often lengthy. Certain falls can also lead to a person hitting their head and suffering from a TBI or fatal head injury.
When someone falls, they immediately want to get right back up. Frequently they are embarrassed and just want to get back to their home or car, with the hope that nothing serious happened. Unfortunately, as much as someone can wish they were not injured, just wishing, doesn’t make it so.
The slip and fall lawyers at Drake, Hileman & Davis, understand the serious impact on work and family life that these slip and fall injuries can have. We know how to obtain medical payment insurance, to pay for medical treatment. We are able to locate the owners of the property and obtain the liability insurance company information, even when it may not be readily apparent or available.
Hire the Best Bethlehem Slip and Fall Lawyers For Your Case
If you have been injured due to a slip, or trip and fall accident or lost your loved in a fatal accident, call the law team at Drake, Hileman & Davis. Our Bethlehem slip and fall lawyers are ready to identify the issues in your case and determine how best we can help you. Call us at 610-882-1717 or complete the online form to the right of this page. Once we have spoken with you over the telephone or via email, we will then set up an appointment to review your case in person. Remember there is never any fee charged for our services until we are able to recover compensation for you. If there is no recovery, you don’t owe us anything. We’ve been helping your neighbors for more than a quarter of a century. We are ready to help you.