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Slips and trips in Pennsylvania

Did you slip and fall or trip and fall on someone else's property? You may be able to hold the property owner liable for his or her negligence through a Pennsylvania premises liability claim.

Slipping and tripping, while common, are sometimes the result of someone else's failure to maintain safe premises. Owners of residential and commercial property are required to take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of slips and trips on their property.

Yet, proving that a property owner's negligence caused your injury is not as simple as showing that you fell on his or her property. In most cases, you must show that the property owner knew or had reason to know of the danger; that the burden of removing the danger was slight compared with the potential harm it could cause; and that the property owner failed to take the precautions that a reasonably careful person would have taken under similar circumstances (such as warning about the danger). You must also show that the owner's negligence caused your injury.

For example, if you slipped on a puddle of water in a store and someone had already told the store manager about that puddle but he or she had failed to put up a warning sign, then you probably have a case against the store. If, however, the manager had not been warned about the puddle, your case may be more difficult.

Conditions that may cause slip and falls / trip and falls include:

  • Uneven pavement
  • Liquid on the floor
  • Snow and ice
  • Defective stairs / broken steps
  • Loose cords, such as electrical cords
  • Loose handrails
  • Damaged tile or split carpet

Under Pennsylvania law, a landowner has a different duty of care to children, invitees and trespassers. Therefore, it can be helpful to speak with a premises liability attorney about your case and whether you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries.

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