personal injury icon In an instant, one of a limitless number of circumstances could put you in a situation of pain, suffering and financial loss.  Slip and fall accidents are not simply bad luck.  Most often they occur because of negligence.

“Premises Liability” is defined under Pennsylvania Law as the liability of either the property owner, or, of the party responsible for maintaining the property. In the event that a person is subjected to an injury resulting from the existence of a dangerous condition on the property, said property owner or party responsible for maintaining the property may be held legally liable.

Every property owner or party responsible for maintaining a property has a duty to provide a safe environment to any person who enters upon their property. In the event that said property owner or party responsible for maintaining the property fails to provide a safe environment, and as a result a person is injured, the property owner or party responsible for maintaining the property may be liable for the injured person’s medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. This duty to the property owner or party responsible for maintaining the property is not limited due to the nature of the property held. Consequently, this duty applies to owners of private residential property, commercial property, abandoned lots and other various types of properties.

Landowners are required to maintain their property in a manner that does not cause injury to those that, for various reasons, visit their property.  Often times, this pertains to both business owners and homeowners.  Sometimes, however, accidents and problems occur on the property of others.  If the accident was caused by the negligence of the owner, then an individual may have a premise liability claim.

In Pennsylvania, the law also provides civil remedies to victims of crime both against the perpetrator and others who negligently allow crime to occur on their premise or property within their control. The law requires private business operators and owners, who hold their business open to the public, to use reasonable care to protect their patron, while they are on the business premises, from physical harm caused by the accidental, negligent or intentional acts of third persons. To satisfy this duty, such businesses must satisfy their affirmative obligation to discover whether third party harmful acts are being done or are likely to be done. Where this is established, Pennsylvania law requires these businesses to give adequate warnings to their patrons to allow them to avoid such harm or otherwise protect themselves from such dangers. 18 Pa.C.S. Sec. 1106; The Restatement (Second) of Torts sec 344 (1965)
If you or someone you love has been injured in a slip and fall or other premises liability accident the Law Offices of W. Keith Williams, II are committed to pursuing the property owner or responsible party seeking damages for the failure to maintain their property.
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