Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyer

At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, we understand the complexities of premises liability law and are committed to advocating for our clients’ rights. With decades of combined experience navigating these cases, our Philadelphia premises liability lawyers possess the expertise and resources to pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.

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Samuel Meirowitz is “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and an accomplished NYC personal injury lawyer, trial attorney and relentless advocate for his clients. Previously, he served the State of New York for four years as a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Mr. Meirowitz is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida State Courts.

Samuel Meirowitz is “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” and an accomplished NYC personal injury lawyer, trial attorney and relentless advocate for his clients. Previously, he served the State of New York for four years as a prosecutor in the Bronx District Attorney’s office. Mr. Meirowitz is admitted to practice law in New York and Florida State Courts.

From your initial consultation to the resolution of your case, our priority will be your well-being and securing the best possible outcome for your situation. We will provide personalized representation and strategic legal guidance every step of the way.

If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and take the first step toward seeking justice and holding responsible parties accountable. Your journey to recovery starts here.

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Why Choose Our Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyers?

Our personal injury attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg are well-known for the high quality of their services. Among other professional organizations and publications, we have been recognized by Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, and Lawyers of Distinction. 

Our firm also has a strong track record of securing high-value verdicts and settlements for our clients. Over the years, we have obtained more than $360 million for accident victims like you, including a $550,000 settlement for a premises liability client whose fingertip was severed by a beach chair. 

We fight for people, not corporations, and every team member is committed to giving you the personalized attention you deserve. Our client testimonials speak for themselves, highlighting our professionalism, compassion, and dedication.

Cindy Kirchner
Cindy Kirchner
My attorney John was always more than willing to answer any questions, take time out of his day to respond, never kept me in the dark about anything. All the decisions that were made were mine. He was kind, courteous, and he had only my best interest at heart. I have referred many friends to his law firm and will continue to do so. I know I got far more working with him and his agency than I ever could’ve done on my own. Nothing will ever make the pain and the suffering go away,but this definitely helps. I’m able to move forward in my life and afford the things that I would’ve been able to. I am truly grateful for the compassion and understanding that was shown to mr in one of the worst times in my life.
Jimmy Petro
Jimmy Petro
My Dad was a 84 year old steam fitter who developed Lung problems due to Asbestos, searching high a dry for an attorney nobody wanted his case , Heard from a doctor about Myerwitz & Wassenberg ,gave them a call within a day they sent Attorney Bonnie Stienwolf to his house ,being a 638 steam fitter i was amazed Bonnie knew more about my business the Both me & My son . She’s advised me all the way thru & approximately 10 months later the settlements started coming in . For all you asbestos suffers out there with this horrible disease , your crazy if you use any other law firm , there fast , knowledgeable, sympathetic & understanding & proven winners on behalf of the Petro family we send our sincere thank you to Sam , Daniel ,Bonnie and entire team at Myerwitz & wassenberg with sincere thanks Mr James Petro & Family
Angelo Mignone
Angelo Mignone
Choosing Sam and Dan to represent us in my father’s Mesothelioma case is one of the best decisions we could of made as a family. Their honesty, integrity, and compassion is unsurpassed. After interviewing with other law firms they were a clear and unanimous choice for my family. While no amount of money can compensate us for the loss of our dad, Sam and Dan have fought hard on our behalf which has helped us greatly in caring for our mom and her future needs. I highly recommend Sam and Dan and all the kind, compassionate members of their team.
conor reagan
conor reagan
Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP fights all the way through until the end. They actually care about your well-being not just the case. Highly recommend 10/10, I wouldn’t look anywhere else.
Kieran Barrett
Kieran Barrett
I never imagined wanting or needing a law firm and my experiences in life have lead me to be cautious in placing trust. Sam Meirowitz is the consummate professional that people are seeking - because he listened where others just talk. That may not seem important but it is critical for a successful relationship and for an outcome. The support legal staff and office staff get’s it right every time and have compassion for what a client is going through. This is not a firm that goes through the motions - they feel for people, champion your case and are open and honest. Sam (and I am sure Dan) fights for you when everyone else stayed quiet - I respect that and thank him for it. It is not about money always - If you want to be heard, if you want to be respected and if you want to be told the truth so you can tell your truth - get to SamNDan.
Ernie Shmeer
Ernie Shmeer
Sam personally walked me through every detail of my case was always quick to answer any questions I might have to add him to my list for Christmas cards!!! Couldn’t have been more satisfied!
John C
John C
Sam did an outstanding job with my case. Sam and his staff were very supportive and empathetic, and handled all matters very professionally.
Edwin Acosta
Edwin Acosta
When working with this company, they never hesitated when I required assistance. They were very professional and always cared about their clients demands.
Nordia Fagan
Nordia Fagan
This will honestly be one of my most memorable life experiences. I found Sam and Dan through a google search of course and come to think of it, it’s actually kind of funny because when I first met Sam one of his questions to me was if I saw his commercial? He jokingly said “ I know I look different but...”” I honestly never saw his commercial lol... but nevertheless I found him and super glad I did. He took a chance with me, fought for me and in the end did an amazing job with my case. SAM, I just want to say thank you! Thank you for being a remarkable attorney but you sir are a phenomenal person and this world needs more of YOU. What an incredible journey and I am seriously going to miss you. Now before I start crying, I’m going to wrap this up- thank you all ❤️

Our premises liability lawyers in Philadelphia are ready to answer your questions in your free consultation and handle your case from start to finish. When you work with us, you can rest assured that your case will receive the undivided attention it deserves. 

What Is a Premises Liability Accident?

Premises liability addresses the level of care property owners must take to protect visitors from harm. According to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, “The duty of a possessor of land toward a third party entering the land depends upon whether the entrant is a trespasser, licensee, or invitee.” Carrender v. Fitterer, 503 Pa. 178 (Pa. 1983).

  • Licensee – A licensee is typically someone who enters the property with the owner’s permission but for their own benefit rather than for the benefit of the property owner. This could include social guests or friends invited for non-business purposes. The property owner owes a duty to licensees to warn them of known dangers on the property but does not necessarily have a duty to inspect for hazards.
  • Invitee – An invitee is a person who enters the property for the benefit of the property owner. This category includes customers in a store or business invitees. Property owners typically owe a higher duty of care to invitees, including the duty to inspect the property for hazards and to remedy or warn about any dangers that they should be aware of.
  • Trespasser – A trespasser is someone who enters the property without permission from the owner. Property owners generally owe the least duty of care to trespassers. However, they still must avoid “willful or wanton negligence or misconduct” that could cause harm.

Understanding these distinctions is crucial in determining the legal obligations of property owners and the rights of visitors who suffer injuries on their premises. Our Philadelphia premises liability lawyers can evaluate the facts of your case and apply the relevant law. 

Types of Premises Liability Accidents

Premises liability accidents encompass various incidents that occur on someone else’s property, resulting in injury or harm to individuals. These accidents can occur in various settings, including residential, commercial, or public spaces. Understanding these incidents and their potential causes is essential for maintaining safety standards and seeking legal compensation.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents occur when a person loses their footing due to a slippery or uneven surface. Factors contributing to slip and fall accidents include wet floors, spills, loose rugs, ice or snow accumulation, inadequate lighting, and uneven surfaces. Slip and fall accidents can result in a range of injuries, from minor bruises to severe fractures or head trauma, depending on the circumstances and the individual’s health. They are a common basis for premises liability claims.

Escalator and Elevator Accidents

Elevator accidents can occur due to mechanical failure, such as faulty cables or malfunctioning brakes, or human error, like improper maintenance or exceeding weight limits. Escalator accidents often result from clothing or body parts getting trapped, mechanical issues, or slips and falls due to wet or uneven surfaces.

Dog Bites

In general, dog owners are responsible for ensuring their animals do not harm others. Under Pennsylvania’s dog bite law, “Any cost to the victim for medical treatment resulting from an attacking or biting dog must be paid fully by the owner or keeper of the dog.” Owners may also take on liability for harboring a “dangerous dog” (i.e., a dog with a propensity or history of attacking), failing to comply with animal control laws, or negligence.

Report all dog bites immediately to your local animal control office. You can also file a Pennsylvania Dog Law Complaint Form. Seek medical attention even if you don’t think it is serious, as dog bites can quickly become infected. You may also need a rabies shot.

Burn Accidents

Burns can happen when property owners fail to keep their buildings up to code. Faulty wiring, lack of warning systems, and lack of clearly marked exits can cause burn injuries. Premises liability burn injury claims are often the result of safety violations in apartment buildings, hotels, and construction sites.

Steps To Take in a Philadelphia Premises Liability Case

Handling the aftermath of any accident leading to personal injury can be overwhelming, especially when dealing with injuries. However, taking proactive steps to protect your health and right to compensation is crucial. Here are the steps to take in a premises liability case:

  • Seek Medical Attention – Obtain medical treatment for any injuries sustained on the premises. Your health and well-being are the top priority.
  • Document the Scene – Take photographs or videos of the accident scene, including any hazardous conditions that contributed to your injury and nearby surveillance devices. Also, collect contact information from witnesses if possible.
  • Report the Incident – Notify the property owner, landlord, or manager about the accident and your injuries. Request that they create an incident report.
  • Preserve Evidence – Keep any clothing or items damaged during the incident as evidence. Also, retain medical records, bills, and any correspondence related to your injury.
  • Consult with an Attorney – Seek legal advice from a qualified premises liability lawyer as soon as possible. They can evaluate your case, advise you on your rights, start collecting evidence before it disappears, and guide you through the legal process.
  •  Follow-up Care – Continue to follow medical advice and treatment recommendations for your injuries. Keep your attorney updated on your progress.

Each case is unique, so it’s crucial to work closely with a premises liability lawyer who can tailor their case strategy to your specific circumstances and advocate for your best interests. Partner with an accomplished Philadelphia premises liability attorney at Meirowitz & Wasserberg. We will build the strongest case possible on your behalf. 

What Is the Statute of Limitations for a Premises Liability Case in Philadelphia?

In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally two years from the date of the injury. This means that individuals have two years from the date of their injury to file a premises liability lawsuit seeking compensation for their injuries. 

However, it’s essential to consult with a qualified attorney to understand how the statute of limitations applies to your specific case, as there may be exceptions that could impact the deadline. For example, the clock doesn’t start running for minors until their 18th birthday. It is also paused if the defendant leaves the state or fraudulently conceals their liability. 

Who Is Liable in a Premises Liability Lawsuit?

Multiple parties might hold responsibility for ensuring that a property is free of foreseeable hazards or warning people of their presence. People who may be liable include:

  • Property owners
  • Landlords or tenants
  • Property managers
  • Business owners
  • Contractors or maintenance companies
  • Government entities 
  • Homeowners associations
  • Employers (if the accident occurs in a workplace)

Our Philadelphia premises liability lawyers can identify all potential at-fault parties to maximize your compensation. Defendants may possess evidence important to proving liability, such as complaint histories and security videos. Meirowitz & Wasserberg can ask the presiding judge in your case to order property owners to turn over missing evidence.

Our Premises Liability Lawyers in Philadelphia

Founded by Samuel Meirowitz and Daniel Wasserberg, our full-service personal injury law firm has what it takes to handle your case. Our Philadelphia premises liability lawyers have decades of combined experience helping injury victims secure full and fair compensation. Members of our legal team licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania include:

What Damages Can I Recover for Premises Liability in Philadelphia?

You can ask for compensation in a premises liability claim for your economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages account for tangible losses that easily reduce to a monetary value. Non-economic damages account for the more subject impact of your injuries and losses. Together, these compensatory damages may cover things like: 

  • Medical and rehabilitation costs
  • The cost of modifying your home or vehicle to accommodate a disability
  • Lost wages and future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Funeral and burial expenses (in wrongful death claims

You may also be eligible for punitive damages. These damages are rarer than the compensatory damages listed above, but they can significantly raise the value of your case when available. Punitive damages are awarded by courts to punish and deter defendants when they engage in egregiously irresponsible or otherwise reprehensible behavior. 

How Much Does a Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyer Cost?

Your initial consultation with Meirowitz & Wasserberg is completely free. If you decide to partner with our Philadelphia premises liability lawyers, we will take your case on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless we secure compensation on your behalf. 

Our Philadelphia Office

If you need help with a Philadelphia premises liability case, call us at (267) 507-9051 or fill out our online contact form. If you wish to visit, we would love for you to stop by. Our Philadelphia law office is conveniently located in the heart of town at:

1880 John F. Kennedy Blvd.,  Suite 1720 Philadelphia, PA 19103

You can reach our office via I-95, I-676 West, and I-76 East. If you are coming by public transportation, we are only a few minutes away from the:

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