The end of the year can be hectic, stressful but fun as well. Families and friends get together to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. Employers host office parties to end the year. You or your friends may host holiday parties. But along with the partying there is potential danger of serious injury says Philadelphia slip and fall attorney Rand Spear.
As the end of year approaches the weather can be very unpredictable. It may rain or it may snow then later melt. Darkness comes early and at night temperatures drop and ice can form. If you’re walking to or from a party the outside surface may not be properly cared for, pavement or stairs could be uneven or cracked and the lighting could be poor. A slip and fall onto pavement or cement can cause severe injuries whose impact could last a lifetime. A slip and fall could happen inside a home or apartment too. A floor may be wet, rugs or carpets could be loose, and stairs could be uneven.
In these situations there could be any number of parties who may be responsible for your injury and potentially liable for compensating you for your injuries. It could be the host who’s the homeowner, the owner of the apartment building you’re visiting or the company hired by the apartment building owner to maintain the safety of the sidewalk and common areas.
If you find yourself in this situation, get medical help. You won’t want to spend the evening in the emergency department at the local hospital but if you don’t feel right and fear you’ve been injured, get help. Get yourself checked out so if you are injured you can get prompt treatment to help you recover. Not getting help could worsen the injury and prolong the problem.
Make sure that either you or someone else takes photos of the area where you fell. Try to show in the photo what the problem may have been and the location. While you’re being examined if you’ve suffered any bruises or cuts or worse, take photos of them as well. The next step is to contact a lawyer for slip and fall accidents.
If you’re the one hosting the party, control how much alcohol gets served. Don’t be afraid to cut people off. Not only are they a danger if they drive home they may lose their balance and fall on your property. Make sure you don’t drink too much so if an emergency situation arises you’ll be level headed about it. Make sure outside surfaces are clear and well lit. Look at your floors to see if there are any dangerous conditions that could trip someone up or cause them to fall.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a slip and fall in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, contact Philadelphia slip and fall attorney Rand Spear at 888-373-4LAW today so you can set up a free consultation to discuss the accident, how the law may apply in your situation and what you should do next to protect your rights to compensation for your injuries.
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