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Plaintiff in premises liability lawsuit wanted defense sanctions

A premises liability lawsuit was filed by a woman from Philadelphia against five individuals and the City of Philadelphia. According to the lawsuit, broken or missing pavement on a sidewalk caused the plaintiff to trip and fall. The defendant's failure to inspect, maintain or repair the sidewalk is also listed a cause for the plaintiff's injuries. She is seeking no more than $50,000 from each of the defendants, as well as costs and attorney's fees.

A motion was filed seeking sanctions against two of the defendants because they did not respond to interrogatory and document requests. The two already had a judgment of over $20,000 issued against them on May 12 of last year. The motion asked for sanctions of $100 a day in fines for each day that passed where the previous court's orders weren't complied with. The motion also asked for $250 in legal fees.

However, when the motion was brought before the court, neither party appeared. The judge said the motion was moot. It is not known when the next hearing in the case will be.

When seeking compensation in a premises liability lawsuit, you must know how what is required for you to show that the defendants were negligent and had a duty to keep you safe or ensure you weren't injured. You can file a premises liability lawsuit against a government entity, but the help of an experienced personal injury attorney can be very beneficial when doing so. He or she can ensure you are aware of your legal options and how to proceed when pursuing compensation.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Pursuit of sanctions in old case deemed moot by Philly judge," Emma Gallimore, March 14, 2016

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