When you talk about a "slip and fall" accident, in Pennsylvania, usually it is because of a premises malfunction of some sort. Something causes you to become injured. It can be a dozen different things: an uneven sidewalk, an elevator that malfunctions or a slippery floor. These are just a few of the multiple reasons that you can get hurt, through no fault of your own.
Philadelphia shoppers who brave the cold and queue up outside of retailers all over the city on Black Friday -- considered the biggest shopping day of the year -- should be mindful of hazards that can possibly occur.
In Pennsylvania, workplace accidents occur in many places, even in elevators. There are more than a half million elevators in the United States and more than 100 billion people take the elevator every year. While passenger safety is a major concern that elevator manufacturers have, as well as business owners that own the elevators, accidents happen every day.
There are many ways that you might get injured walking on the streets or conducting business in Philadelphia. You could trip over a piece of broken curb while crossing the street, be struck by a police car as it pursues a suspect or even stumble and fall inside a hallway inside of city hall.
Did you know that a child can drown in less than five minutes in a swimming pool in Pennsylvania? Often, those around the child never even notice that an accidental drowning is occurring -- swimming pools can be silent killers. Statistics show that, nationwide, drowning is the second-highest cause of death for children under the age of five. Only motor vehicle accidents cause more fatalities in that age group. As a consequence, homeowners are urged to protect their children and others from premises liability by improving their own backyard safety.
As a companion piece to an earlier post about who bears legal liability when someone is bitten by a dog, this post delves into Pennsylvania law regarding what happens after the bite occurs.
If you are bitten by a friend's dog while visiting their Philadelphia home, you may want to file a claim against their homeowner's insurance. Under those circumstances, the dog's owner doesn't experience economic hardship (although their insurance rates may rise precipitously). The insurance company will pay out the claim in a settlement, or if it goes to court and you prevail, in a judgment.
A large percentage of the personal injury suits that are filed every year in Pennsylvania are related to slips, trips and falls. Premises liability accidents are caused by a variety of factors, including the weather, building lighting and pavement maintenance. Philadelphia premises liability attorneys can help those victims of slip-and-fall accidents learn more about their legal rights in court throughout the civil litigation process.
Harlem native and rapper Rakim Mayers, who goes by the stage moniker "A$AP Rocky" now finds himself, among others, as a defendant in a lawsuit filed in federal court on July 17 by one of his fans.
A 20-year-old man from Youngstown, Ohio, who was swimming recently with some friends in New Castle in a private quarry locals call "The Bahamas," drowned in the deep, cold water.