When you go out somewhere, whether to the mall, a theater, a bank, or an office building, we know that you expect to be safe. Unfortunately, there are times when the negligence of a property owner or their agents (managers, employees, volunteers, etc.) causes situations that harm people.
Getting injured on someone else’s property can be confusing, especially when insurance companies start calling. At the SMT Legal, we want to make sure you are taken care of and receive the compensation you deserve. Call us when you need a Pittsburgh slip and fall injury attorney.
Low Jury Award
A recent slip and fall case in Pennsylvania seems to have come to a conclusion when a woman appealed a jury’s $7,481 damage award after she claimed she was injured in an incident at a Sam’s Club store. The women argued that she should have received more, but a state appeals court disagreed.
We bring you this case because it highlights some of the difficulties that people face when they bring slip and fall lawsuits against a company. Sam’s Club, as with most other companies, hired skilled attorneys and expert witnesses to fight for them.
That shows us that you need to do the same thing in order to be successful.
We know that slip and fall accidents account for over 1 million emergency rooms each year in the United States.
- Fractures are the most common injury.
- The elderly population is at serious risk of debilitating hip fractures from slip and fall incidents.
- Injuries from slip and fall incidents can lead to short or long-term disabilities.
Slip and fall accidents can occur because of:
- Wet floors after mopping
- Spills that are left unattended
- Loose floorboards
- Loose carpeting
- Low-lying obstacles
- Uneven pavement
If you experience a slip and fall accident, it is vital that you notify a store employee immediately so the incident can be documented. If there is a medical emergency, make sure to call 911 and get treated. Even if an injury does not seem major, you should go get checked out by a doctor. This establishes that you did everything necessary and there will be medical records to help your case.
What You Can Do Now
Some of the hardest cases for a person to take on are premises liability cases. This is because the other side is going to put up a fight. Neither they nor their insurance companies want to pay out a large settlement, so you can count on them having an attorney.
- Coverage of medical costs
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of wage coverage
- Possible punitive damages against the store