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.
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.
A young man was killed and two women were seriously harmed after they fell from a fire escape in Philadelphia's Center City on Jan. 11. The decedent, age 22, died in the premises liability accident when he stepped onto the fire escape to smoke a cigarette during a party at the apartment complex. Both of the women, ages 25 and 26, broke their backs in the fall, but they are currently in stable condition. Official reports show that the trio plunged about 30 feet onto the concrete in the 200 block of South 22nd Street. Although officials say the building has not been cited for safety violations in the past, an investigation into the matter is ongoing.
Landlords and retail operators are required by law to make sure that their facilities are safe for the people who occupy them. That means that commercial building owners and operators must ensure that floors are free and clear of trip hazards, and that potential slip-and-fall accidents are prevented by keeping the floor clean and dry. Sadly, this was not the case for one East Coast man, whose case is being heard in Philadelphia court. A recently filed lawsuit claims that the man suffered fatal injury thanks to a wet floor in an apartment complex in Northwest Philadelphia. The accident happened in January 2012.
Scores of Philadelphia residents attend concerts throughout the region every year, hoping to have a good time and enjoy their favorite music. A recent incident on the East Coast left several people injured, however, after a local nightclub posted inadequate security personnel, and at least four people were shot. The incident occurred shortly after a show at a Delaware night club where hip-hop artist Meek Mill had just performed a show. Authorities postulate that at least two shooters were involved in the incident, which sent two victims to the hospital. Two others were treated at the scene.
Last June, the city of Philadelphia was rocked by the sudden, deadly collapse of a building onto an adjacent Salvation Army Store, killing six people. The building was being torn by a professional demolition company at the time; a section of wall somehow fell down in the wrong direction, crushing the Salvation Army Store. The fatal accident made national headlines and left viewers wondering how it could have happened.
Contact sports have a number of different safety hazards - broken bones, concussions, cuts and abrasions and even more serious injuries are all possible. Coordinators of sports such as football and hockey go through great pains to minimize these threats, but there is one danger that is outside their control: threats related to the venue itself.
A Philadelphia man recently filed a lawsuit against the city for negligence, claiming he received serious injuries from a slip-and-fall injury that city officials failed to prevent.
For many college students, drinking is an indelible part of the college experience. Many freshmen go off to college looking forward to the fun and the celebrations they will have there. But for school administrators, collegiate drinking presents a persistent problem -- a problem of premises liability that university presidents are finding difficult to face.
Automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, are a well-known technology in America today. Most of us have seen defibrillators in medical dramas: The doctor rubs two metal paddles together, shouts "Clear!" and attempts to shock an ailing patient's heart back into rhythm. These non-automated defibrillators, found in hospitals, have recently been supplemented by automated defibrillators, which hang on the walls of public institutions, ready for immediate use by employees or passersby. Automated external defibrillators come with clear instructions for their use, allowing untrained Samaritans to use them effectively.