In April, a federal court in Philadelphia held that a seven minute time gap from the time a dangerous condition is created until the incident occurs is enough time to impute constructive notice to the store owner. Timberlake v. Target is an important victory for slip and fall plaintiffs because it stands for the proposition that a short amount of time like seven minutes is enough time to find that store was negligent.
Here’s a visual explanation on what a slip and fall or trip and fall victim has to prove under Pennsylvania law:
Other important factors which will help prove that a store owner was negligent include:
- location of the dangerous condition in relation to the store’s customer service counter,
- location of the dangerous condition in relation to the entrance or bathroom,
- day of the week,
- time of day, and
- type of defect.
Related Legal Articles:
- Proving Notice of a Dangerous Slip and Fall Condition Like a Puddle
- Fall Down Accidents-Slip and Fall, Trip and Fall Cases in Pennsylvania (Part Two)
- Fall Down Accidents-Slip and Fall, Trip and Fall Cases in Pennsylvania (Part One)
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Published: June 22, 2012