Slip-And-Fall Accident FAQs

Should I report my slip-and-fall accident?

How do I respond if someone from an insurance company contacted me about my slip and fall?

My injury happened over a year ago, can I still bring a slip-and-fall lawsuit?

Does it matter where I suffered my slip and fall?

What if my slip and fall resulted from a dangerous condition?

Does it matter if weather caused my slip and fall?

Should I take pictures of the slip-and-fall accident scene?

Is my slip and fall covered by insurance?

What if I'm partially to blame for the slip and fall?

How long does it take to resolve a slip-and-fall case in Pennsylvania?


Q: Should I report my slip-and-fall accident?

A. It is generally always a good idea to report a slip and fall, as it will put the property owner, and their insurer, on notice of the accident. If you are asked to fill out an incident report, you should be careful of putting down any information other than basic facts, as the form will probably be written in a way to protect the property owner.

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Q: How do I respond if someone from an insurance company contacted me about my slip and fall?

A. Insurance companies will often try and get information from a victim in a slip-and-fall accident. If you are represented by an attorney, that attorney should handle all communications regarding the accident. At The Pagano Law Firm, LLC, once we take a case we immediately put all insurance companies and other third parties on notice that all communication must be directed through us, taking the burden off your hands.

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Q: My injury happened over a year ago, can I still bring a slip-and-fall lawsuit?

A. Pennsylvania has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury actions. This means that a slip-and-fall action in Pennsylvania must be commenced two years from the date of the injury or the date when the victim should have discovered the injury.

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Q: Does it matter where I suffered my slip and fall?

A. Generally, all property owners owe a base line level of care to individuals on their property. While it is true that different types of property owners may owe different standards of care, determining which category applies can be very fact-specific and is usually best handled by an attorney who will work to get you the best results possible under the law.

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Q: What if my slip and fall resulted from a dangerous condition?

A. All municipalities have adopted very strict guidelines for various types of construction areas and building codes. These guidelines lay out exact specifications for the manner in which work may be performed, safety measures that must be taken, and building specifications for things such as stairs and hallways. For example, wet or slippery steps, uneven sidewalks, wheelchair ramps without handrails, holes in streets or sidewalks, or improperly placed items could all be a source of potential liability in a slip-and-fall accident.

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Q: Does it matter if weather caused my slip and fall?

A. Pennsylvania does have a doctrine that may protect a property owner in the case of a fall resulting from snow or other weather-related conditions. However, whether a property owner can rely on this protection will depend on the specific facts of the slip and fall and the measures taken by the owner to provide reasonable safety on their property.

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Should I take pictures of the slip-and-fall accident scene?

A. It is always a good idea to record and preserve the scene of the accident to make your case as strong as possible. Research has shown that a person's perceptive abilities are often sacrificed during a traumatic event, and having pictures is a great way to make your case as strong as possible. After we take a case we will often send someone out to take pictures and gather evidence of the scene of the accident.

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Q: Is my slip and fall covered by insurance?

A. If the property owner has a homeowners or commercial liability policy, generally a slip-and-fall accident will be covered by insurance. Similarly, if your injury occurred at work and within the scope of your work, workers' compensation may cover the claim.

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Q: What if I'm partially to blame for the slip and fall?

A. In Pennsylvania, a person may still recover damages if it is determined that they are no more than 50 percent at fault. There is no precise formula for determining a person's comparative negligence. An experienced attorney will know how to interpret the law and present the facts in a way that will maximize your chances of recovery.

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Q: How long does it take to resolve a slip-and-fall case in Pennsylvania?

A. In most counties in Pennsylvania, a slip-and-fall case will be resolved in one to two years after the lawsuit is commenced. However, each case varies in terms of length because some will be resolved by trial while others by way of settlement. Settlement negotiations can take weeks or even months, and can occur throughout the litigation process.

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