Proving Fault in a Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Case

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When most people think about premises liability cases, they assume that a simple slip and fall would not result in serious injuries. When you slip and fall you just suffer a few bumps and bruises that cause you to be sore for a few days, right? Wrong. In some premise liability cases, the accident victim suffers traumatic injuries, and at times, injuries that cause permanent medical conditions. In these cases, the damages can be quite substantial.

Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Settlement

In one Pennsylvania slip and fall case, a man who was injured settled the case for $28,000. Glen Guy fell on a patch of ice as he was walking down a set of steps to reach a mailbox in Philadelphia. Guy fell backwards, was knocked unconscious, and was transported to the hospital. The complaint alleged he suffered rib fractures and a pneumothorax fracture that required a chest tube to be inserted. The complaint filed by Guy's attorney alleged that the Postal Service breached the duty of care by failing to keep the area around the mailboxes clear of hazardous conditions, in this case, ice.

This case settled outside of court; however, the defense could have argued that the Postal Service was not responsible for the conditions that led to the slip and fall accident. This is a common defense in many Pennsylvania slip and fall cases. An experienced Harrisburg premises liability attorney understands how to argue against this type of slip and fall defense to prove that even though the owner may not have been responsible for the conditions that caused the accident the property should have known about the condition and failed to correct the condition.

Southampton Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Jury Verdict

A federal jury awarded a Bucks County woman over $800,000 in a Pennsylvania slip and fall case that occurred at the Pathmark on Franklin Mills Avenue. Barbara Ferguson was at the Pathmark in the course of her employment when she tripped over a box that was being used as a doorstop. According to her complaint, Ferguson suffered multiple injuries from the slip and fall including a dislocated right shoulder with four fractures, a fractured knee, carpal tunnel syndrome in her wrist, neck injuries, back injuries, and depression. Ferguson sued Pathmark and several other defendants for her damages.

Defense attorneys argued that Ferguson knew the box was being used as a doorstop because she admitted she saw the box on her way into the office. The manager stated the box had been used as a doorstop for some time without incident. The jury ruled that the negligent acts of the defendant resulted in Ferguson's injuries.

Defendants in a Pennsylvania slip and fall case often try to argue that the injured person knew about the condition; however, that slip and fall defense does not always work. Even though the accident victim knew about the condition, it does not always release the defendant from liability.

A skilled Pennsylvania slip and fall lawyer has the resources and experience necessary to fight large slip and fall defense firms and corporate insurance companies to protect your right to receive a fair and just settlement for your Pennsylvania slip and fall claim.

Contact Handler Henning & Rosenberg, LLP to schedule a free consultation with one of our Pennsylvania premises liability lawyers by using our online contact form. Our personal injury attorneys want to protect you by taking care of the legal fight while you focus on recovering from your injuries from a slip and fall accident.

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