Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyer

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If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a slip and fall accident or another accident caused by negligent property conditions, you may have grounds for a premises liability claim. You could recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and more. 

However, seeking damages can be challenging, and insurance agents are not looking out for your best interests. But Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC can. Our award-winning Philadelphia personal injury lawyers will handle every detail of your case so you can focus on healing. Call our number or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Meet Our Attorneys

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Lawrence Kalikhman, Esquire

Lawrence Kalikhman, Esquire is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Temple University.  Mr. Kalikhman received his Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law.  He has experience in Personal Injury Litigation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

Mr. Kalikhman is admitted to practice before state and federal courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey.  He is a member of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Bucks County Bar Associations, as well as the Pennsylvania Association for Justice.

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Eric Rayz, Esquire

Arkady “Eric” Rayz, Esquire is a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Temple University.  As an undergraduate, Mr. Rayz was a recipient of the H. Thomas and Dorothy Willits Hallowell Scholarship and Temple University President’s Scholar Award.  Mr. Rayz obtained his Juris Doctorate from the James E. Beasley School of Law of Temple University, where he was a staff member and editor of the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal. 

Mr. Rayz has broad experience in handling matters in federal and state courts and is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New York.  He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations.

Premises Liability Accidents and Injuries Our Firm Handles

Premises liability is a branch of personal injury law that deals with accidents caused by negligent property conditions. Slips and falls are some of the most common types of premises liability accidents, but premises liability also includes many other incidents.

Our Philadelphia premises liability lawyers can assist with the following:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Stairway accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Negligent security incidents 
  • Balcony or deck collapses
  • Fires, burns, and smoke inhalation injuries
  • Dog bites and animal attack injuries

Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC handles premises liability cases involving residential and commercial properties. We can advocate for you no matter where the accident occurred, be it a home, hotel, rental property, theater, supermarket, amusement park, mall, or housing complex. 

Financial responsibility for the accident will rest with the property’s owner and the individual, business, or entity responsible for the negligent property condition that led to your injury. 

How Can You Seek Compensation for a Premises Liability Accident?

Premises liability accidents can result in severe injuries and significant financial damages. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that slip and fall injuries in older adults result in hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, millions of emergency department visits, and billions of dollars in medical costs annually in the United States. 

If your injury was due to negligent property conditions, those liable should pay for your medical care and other accident-related losses. In many cases, you may be able to seek damages with a claim against the at-fault party’s property insurance, though this may be easier said than done.

Insurance is a business, and insurance companies increase their profits by keeping payouts low. Insurance adjusters will look for reasons to reduce or deny claims and do not always treat injured parties fairly or respectfully. Our premises liability attorneys can advocate for you. We will aggressively seek full and fair compensation for:

  • Medical expenses – including ambulance transportation, emergency department treatment, surgeries, hospital and doctor fees, mobility aids, physical therapy, rehabilitation, prescription drugs, and long-term nursing
  • Lost income – including lost wages and employment benefits, lost future earnings, and reduced earning capacity
  • Household services – including transportation, cooking, cleaning, and childcare
  • Pain and suffering – including severe and chronic pain, scarring, disfigurement, loss of mobility or paralysis, emotional distress, mental anguish, and reduced quality of life
  • Wrongful death of a family member – including medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of your loved one’s income, services, support, and guidance

Factors that May Affect Your Claim

Every personal injury case is different. There are various factors unique to you and your claim that may influence how much compensation you can recover, including:

  • The severity of your injuries and the extent of your medical treatment
  • Your age
  • Your current wages
  • How long your injuries cause you to miss work, and whether or not you can return to your job 
  • The length of your physical recovery
  • The effect of your injuries on your mental and emotional well-being
  • The limits of the involved insurance policies 

Claimants must understand that once they accept an insurance settlement, they cannot demand more compensation later if their injuries and damages are more significant than initially thought. Before agreeing to payment, it may benefit you to consult with our team. We can identify current and future losses and obtain estimates, ensuring you get every cent owed. 

Contact us online or call our number for a free consultation and learn more about how Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC can help you and your family pursue financial justice. 

Proving a Premises Liability Case in Philadelphia

Securing compensation for a premises liability injury requires proving negligence. Our Philadelphia law firm can help you build a solid claim based on the following four elements:

  • Duty of care – The duty of care is a property owner’s legal responsibility to keep premises reasonably safe or warn visitors about unsafe conditions. Proving a property owner owed a duty of care usually requires showing the accident victim was on the property through express or implied invitation, i.e., not trespassing. 
  • Breach of duty – A breach of duty occurs when a property owner fails to remedy unsafe conditions they knew or should have known existed. Examples of unsafe property conditions include broken flooring, ripped or torn carpeting, inadequate lighting, and a lack of security cameras or security personnel. 
  • Causation – Causation is the link between a property owner’s negligence and a victim’s accident and injuries. For example, our Philadelphia premises liability lawyer may show that a cracked sidewalk caused a victim to trip, resulting in a hip fracture. 
  • Damages – Damages are proof that a premises liability accident caused a victim financial damages and pain and suffering.

The premises liability attorneys at Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC will establish negligence and support claims using evidence, including:

  • Photographs and video of the accident scene
  • Police reports and official accident reports
  • Cell phone or surveillance video
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Expert testimony
  • Medical records
  • Bills, pay stubs, receipts, invoices, and estimates 

How Might Comparative Negligence Affect a Premises Liability Claim? 

Pennsylvania follows a modified comparative negligence system, as outlined in 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 7102. Essentially, personal injury victims can seek compensation from at-fault parties proportional to the party’s percentage of responsibility for the accident. In addition, any fault born by the victim will reduce their financial awards. 

Say you have $100,000 in damages from a slip and fall, but you get assigned 10 percent of the fault because you were on your phone at the time, which the insurance company argues was a distraction. You would ultimately receive a $90,000 settlement.

If a victim is more than 50 percent at fault, they cannot recover any compensation. Therefore, it is in the insurance company’s interest to try to blame injured parties for all or part of an accident to reduce or eliminate their client’s financial liability. Our injury lawyers can stand up to allegations that you acted negligently or wrongfully and argue that you deserve full awards. 

Benefits of Working With a Premises Liability Lawyer

Our Philadelphia legal team is here to help restore your life after an accident. We strive to serve all who come to us for help with compassionate care and personalized attention. 

When you work with Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC, we take time to get to know you and your case so we can develop creative strategies tailored to your needs. Maximizing your compensation is our primary goal, but we also want to relieve your legal burden and give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing the case is in good hands. 

Our firm will:

  • Do the work – Our Philadelphia premises liability attorneys will handle investigations, case-related communications, paperwork, and all relevant details. By allowing us to tackle case-building, you afford yourself the time to rest and recover. 
  • Be your voice – Haggling with insurance companies can be exhausting. Agents may try to pressure you, put you through unnecessary hoops, delay payments, or employ bad-faith tactics. Our lawyers can protect you from these strategies. We will manage meetings, phone calls, texts, and emails, saving you time and shielding you from accidentally saying or doing something that could hurt your claim. Throughout, we will aggressively negotiate on your behalf. We will seek losses with a lawsuit and represent you at trial if necessary. 
  • Empower you with knowledge – We believe our firm is most successful when we work with clients as a team. We want you to feel comfortable and open in your communications with our lawyers and staff and free to ask questions or express concerns. We have a staffed phone line you can call 24/7, so you always have a way to reach out. 

Pennsylvania's Statute of Limitations for Premises Liability

Your time to seek compensation for a premises liability accident in Philadelphia is limited. According to 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 5524(2), the statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits is two years. If you do not file a suit within this window, the court will likely dismiss the case. 

The deadline will also affect insurance claims. If it passes and you can no longer take legal action, you lose your bargaining power. You could end up with a denied or reduced settlement and no additional options for financial recovery. 

Contact Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC About Your Premises Liability Accident

You do not have to fight alone. Kalikhman & Rayz, LLC will stand by your side. Our Philadelphia premises liability lawyers will work tirelessly to get the money you need so that you and your loved ones do not pay for someone else’s mistakes. 

We can help you get started today with a free consultation. Contact us online or call our number now.


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