A: It is important to speak to a qualified slip and fall lawyer who will review all the facts and conduct an appropriate investigation. However, there are some general principles of Pennsylvania law which apply in slip and fall or trip and fall cases. Be sure to discuss them with your lawyer.
In slip and fall or trip and fall cases in Pennsylvania, the plaintiff must prove the following:
1. the owner owed them a duty,
2. the owner breached that duty by committing some act of negligence,
3. the act of negligence caused the accident, and
The first legal question in these kinds of cases is: What is the legal status of the injured? Under Pennsylvania law, distinctions are made between an invitee, a licensee, and a trespasser. Access our legal article about Pennsylvania slip and fall law to learn more about these distinctions.
In addition, in most slip and fall or trip and fall cases, the case boils down to whether there is sufficient evidence of the owner’s negligence. For example, prior notice of the defect, prior complaints of the defect, lack of proper maintenance and inspection procedure are some of the most important factors in slip and fall or trip and fall cases. Access our legal article to read more about what a plaintiff must prove in a Pennsylvania slip and fall case.
It is important to note that in many slip and fall or trip and fall cases, the property owner is not the only party who may be sued. Other entities such as a property management company, co-owner, individuals, etc. may be sued. Proper investigation is crucial to success of these cases as well as maximum recovery.
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