One of the most common personal injury cases in Pennsylvania is the slip and fall case. When a citizen is injured because they fell due to the negligence of another person or entity, they may be able to hold the property owner liable. However, the circumstances of the case will determine just who is at fault for the injury.
When it comes to enduring an injury from a slip or fall, it can get costly. The medical bills can stack up and missed time off of work can be financially crippling. It’s the victim’s right to file suit against the neglectful party to seek compensation for their injuries. In most premises liability cases, the property owner is going to be the liable party for the accident.
In order to be granted compensation for your injuries, there are a few key elements you’ll need to prove. First, you’ll need to show that the property owner owed their visitors a duty of care. Second, you’ll need to prove that this duty was violated due to the property owner’s neglectful behavior. Third, you’ll need to prove their negligence is the cause of your accident. Fourth, you’ll need to show that you suffered losses due to the accident.
When is the property owner not held liable?
There are certain premises liability cases where a property owner may not be held liable for injuries that happen on their property. One of the most common is when a trespasser gets injured on the property. The property owner doesn’t owe any trespasser a duty of care. Another example of where the property owner may not be held liable is if there was negligence on the part of the victim. If the victim’s own carelessness lead to the injury, the property owner may not be held fully accountable for the injury.
Determining who is financially responsible for a slip and fall injury is typically easy to do. In most cases, the property owner is responsible for the injury. However, you should always seek counsel from an experienced lawyer to determine just who is liable for any injuries that you may have suffered.