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Property owner liability could come into play in circus accident

A terrifying incident at an East Coast circus left several acrobats injured when a suspension mechanism failed, sending them plunging to the ground. At least three of the acrobats were listed in critical condition, with a total of 11 injured. Three of the victims were working on the ground at the time of the incident. Questions about property owner liability are almost certain to arise in the incident, which occurred not far from Pennsylvania in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 4.

Nearby state passes sweeping dog bite legislation reform

Most Pennsylvania residents would assume that any dog owner would be held responsible if the animal attacked a human. Although that seems reasonable, the fact remains that many states still do not use strict liability principles to govern cases involving dog bites. Nearby neighbor Maryland, however, has made a step to equalize dog bite legislation by eliminating provisions designed to marginalize so-called "dangerous" breeds. Under the pending legislation, victims will be able to successfully seek financial compensation for injuries suffered during a dog bite attack, no matter the breed of dog.

Student files suit against school for attack, inadequate security

A student at a Philadelphia school is seeking financial compensation after suffering a serious attack from a fellow collegian. The man has filed a lawsuit alleging that Villanova University provided inadequate security on campus, causing him to suffer serious injuries when he was assaulted by another student in September 2012. The victim was so injured that he required surgeries to his nose and other facial structures.

Dog bite victim calls for tougher laws in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania dog bite victim is alleging that the state's legal mandates do not provide enough protection for vulnerable residents. The man, who was attacked by a neighborhood dog in late February, is calling for additional sanctions that could include the confiscation of violent animals. The man, whose wife was also nearly injured in that dog bite incident, said he had lived in fear that the dog would attack him; sadly, his anxiety was well-founded.

Club owners facing premises liability suit after ceiling collapse

When music lovers in Philadelphia plan a night out to watch one of their favorite artists, they rarely suspect that they will suffer a serious injury. However, nightclubs fall victim to the same types of structural woes that plague other establishments, and they often face premises liability action because of injurious accidents that occur on their grounds. In one of the most recent accidents, a Chicago woman was transported to the hospital after the collapse of a venue ceiling. The woman is seeking financial compensation from the club's owners after suffering head injuries including a concussion.

Woman gets $75,000 for slip-and-fall accident on icy road

A woman from Pennsylvania's regional neighbor of Connecticut has won a $75,000 settlement after suffering injury during a slip-and-fall accident. The 60-year-old woman said she was injured in 2009 while crossing the street in an East Hartford government-owned housing complex. The woman had a slip-and-fall accident because of the slick pavement. She had alleged that the town failed to address the hazardous conditions on the road, creating danger for pedestrians in the area. Government officials voted to offer the woman a settlement instead of fighting the 2011 claim in civil court. They said fighting the suit in a jury trial could prove far more expensive than simply settling the matter.

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