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Can Slip and Fall Accidents Be Deadly?


Slip and fall accidents can produce minor injuries, but they can also cause serious, debilitating injuries as well. Under the worst circumstances, slip and fall accidents may be deadly. Older individuals who are more prone to falls are a particularly vulnerable population to devastating outcomes from fall accidents, including death. Though, anyone can lose their life if they slip, trip, and fall.

When a deadly slip and fall accident happens, it can be possible for certain individuals to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the person who lost their life. This is true when the reason the slip and fall accident occurred was because of negligence by another party.

A slip-and-fall accident can cause great emotional stress for family and friends, especially because losing a loved one this way can be unexpected and shocking. In addition, family members may also suffer financial losses when they lose a loved one in a slip-and-fall accident. A wrongful death claim may not be able to heal the pain of a loss, but it could provide financial compensation for specific losses that came as a result of a deadly slip and fall incident.

For assistance filing a wrongful death claim in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania wrongful death attorney at Monaco Law can help.

What to Do After a Deadly Slip and Fall Accident

 If negligence was behind a deadly slip and fall accident, then it is important to prove liability in order to recover compensation. This can, in certain situations, be a difficult thing to do.

The location of where the slip and fall accident happened makes a big difference because it is imperative to establish the owner of the property. In terms of filing a wrongful death claim, the rules pertaining to doing so vary based on whether the property owner is a government entity, a private entity, or a business.

Still, when a fatal slip and fall accident happens, a successful claim will be dependent on showing that the property owner created the dangerous condition, knew about the dangerous condition on their premises or should have reasonably known about it. Also, the property owner did not take appropriate steps to fix the dangerous condition.

A wrongful death action in Pennsylvania must be filed by the statute of limitations, which is generally two years from when the deadly incident took place. Damages that may be recovered in a wrongful death suit could include payment for economic losses that arose from the loss of services, society, and comfort that would have otherwise been enjoyed by the family if their loved one survived. Compensation from a wrongful death suit will only go to certain beneficiaries. These would be spouses, children, or parents of the deceased.

Speak to a Pennsylvania Wrongful Death Attorney Today 

If you lost a loved one in a deadly slip and fall accident, you are welcome to connect with our Pennsylvania slip and fall attorney at Monaco Law PC. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call (609) 277-3166 for our New Jersey office and (215) 546-3166 for our office in Pennsylvania.

We are a New Jersey and Pennsylvania wrongful death law firm serving Atlantic County, Burlington County, Cape May County, Camden County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Ocean County, Salem County, and all of South Jersey.



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