New Jersey and Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Accident Attorney
John Mattiacci has more than a decade of experience in handling slip and fall accident cases in Philadelphia, across Pennsylvania and in New Jersey. Slip and falls generally involve ice, snow, water, or any slick or slippery substance on which people walk or stand. These types of mishaps can occur inside or outside of a business like a supermarket or restaurant, a home, on a public sidewalk, in a parking lot or anywhere people are expected to walk. It is estimated that nearly 200,000 people get hurt each year in slip, trip and fall accidents (Walk Zone Safety Report).
In addition to slipping, many people are also injured tripping. Trip and fall accident cases are generally caused by an unsafe or dangerous condition of a walkway or surface. This can include cracked or broken sidewalks, uneven floors, holes in a walkway, a loose or unsecured carpet or rug, or a change in elevation such as an unmarked step.
Both types of cases are usually referred to as “premises liability” cases. John Mattiacci and his firm have secured significant verdicts and settlements in these cases. By example, John recently served as lead counsel in a case in which a union teamster slipped on ice at a business. The client, who slipped but did not fall to the ground, wrenched his knee and suffered an injury. John successfully sued the owner of the property, a Fortune 500 company, and recovered $900,000 for the injured client.
In another case, John Mattiacci was co-counsel for an elderly woman who tripped and fell in a pit surrounding a tree on a public street in Philadelphia. The woman suffered a broken wrist that required surgery. Suit was brought against the agency that planted the tree and the property owner. The defendants did not offer a reasonable amount and the case was tried to verdict before a Philadelphia jury. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the injured woman for $550,000.
These are just some examples of the cases that John has handled as a slip and fall accident lawyer in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Proving Your Case
Premise liability cases may seem simple, but there are many key things that must be proven in order to win. John Mattiacci knows each and every factor that must be proven in order to win these cases as he is very experienced in these slip and fall cases. He and the firm will collect and preserve the evidence that will be needed to maximize your recovery for your case.
They will make every effort to immediately document the safety hazard that causes a client to slip or trip. This includes taking photographs and measurements and otherwise documenting the scene of the accident. We will identify, locate and notify the owner and manager of the property, deal with the defendant’s insurance company, and are more than ready, willing and able to take a case to trial to obtain the fair value of a case.
One of the most important factors for these cases is “notice”, which means that a property owner or manager knew or should have known that a dangerous condition existed on the property. Our firm has handled cases in which notice of the hazard was hotly debated. We know what has to be done to investigate and prove notice in order to win.
Common Questions About Slip And Fall Cases
We generally provide the following information to our clients who have been involved in slip, trip, or fall accidents.
1. Should I treat with a doctor after an accident?
Answer: We counsel each client that they should immediately seek medical treatment if they have been injured. It is important for a doctor to examine anyone that is injured in a fall to diagnose the injuries, prescribe a course of treatment, and monitor a person’s recovery.
2. Should I take photographs of the scene of the accident?
Answer: It is always incredibly useful to have photos or videos taken at the scene of an accident. If a photo can be taken, even on a phone, it can help preserve evidence of what hazard caused the slip or trip, whether warning signs were present, the lighting available, and the location of the actual accident. It can also help confirm when an accident took place. It can be difficult if not impossible for a person injured in a slip and fall accident to take photos, especially if that person is in pain. However, our firm will immediately send someone to take photographs and document the scene of an accident once we are contacted by a potential client. For that reason, it is extremely important to contact a Mattiacci New Jersey lawyer immediately.
3. Should I report my accident?
Answer: It is usually best to report an accident immediately. Doing so confirms the accident occurred and records the date, time, location and nature of the incident. If a person falls at a business, it should be reported to a manager or an employee. If a person falls at a home, the owner or resident can be notified. We tell our clients to ask for the full name and job title of the person they speak to so that information can be preserved. Some businesses use an incident report. Care should be taken when filling out an accident report. Only provide as much information as you can to document when and where the accident took place and request a copy of the report. Document the names of any witnesses and avoid giving any formal statements to the store or an insurance company until you have had an opportunity to contact and speak to an attorney, such as Philadelphia slip and fall lawyer John Mattiacci.
4. Who will pay my medical bills?
Answer: Some but not all businesses and homes have a medical payment provision, often called a “med pay” provision, on their insurance. This med pay provision allows a certain amount of money to be paid for medical treatment for anyone injured on the property. Our firm always asks for confirmation of any med pay coverage. If no med pay insurance exists, a person injured in a slip and fall accident may have to use his or her own health insurance to pay for medical bills. Other programs may be available to pay for medical bills, including benefits through Medicare, Medicaid, and the Department of Public Welfare. The type of insurance or coverage available varies from case to case and from state to state. An experienced slip and fall attorney can help determine what coverage may be available to a person injured in a slip or trip accident.
Please note that the information above is provided for informational purposes only and should not be taken to create an attorney-client relationship. If you have been in an accident or any other personal injury, you should contact a slip and fall lawyer like John Mattiacci immediately.