Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyers
What to Do If You Were Injured on Someone Else’s Property
In Pennsylvania, property owners and landowners have a legal responsibility to anyone who visits their premises. Property owners are required to keep their land and any buildings on the property in good condition by conducting maintenance and addressing any hazards that could cause foreseeable harm. When they fail to take these critical steps, innocent people can be seriously injured.
If you or someone you love was injured on another person’s property—whether it was a private home, a public park, or a retail store—you could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It’s important that you reach out to an experienced attorney, like those at Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC, who can help you with your claim.
With more than 20 years spent serving injured Pennsylvanians, our Philadelphia premises liability lawyers can guide you through the legal process. We have a proven record of results, having secured more than $110 million for our clients over the years, and we are ready to fight for your recovery.
When Are Property Owners Liable for Accidents & Injuries?
By law, property owners are liable for accidents and injuries when those incidents are the result of foreseeable hazards on the property that the property owner knew of or should have known of yet did nothing to repair, fix, or address.
For example, imagine a two-story retail store has a set of stairs leading to the upper level that doesn’t have handrails. The owner of the retail store can reasonably be expected to know that there are no handrails on the stairs. Furthermore, the property owner can be expected to know that this poses a foreseeable hazard to customers, as they trip and fall and be unable to catch themselves. If you do, in fact, fall down the stairs because you are not able to hold a handrail as you are going up, you could seriously injure yourself. In this instance, the property owner would be liable.
It’s important to note that property owners owe a different duty of care to visitors depending on the status of the visitor.
Pennsylvania recognizes three different visitor statuses:
- Invitees: An invitee is someone who visits the property for business-related purposes, such as shopping or dining. Property owners owe invitees the highest duty of care.
- Licensees: A licensee is someone who visits the property for mutual benefit. This could be a family member, friend, or relative.
- Trespassers: A trespasser is someone who is not allowed to be on the property but is nevertheless unlawfully there. Property owners owe trespassers a limited duty of care in that they are prohibited from causing them harm.
What Makes a Property Condition “Dangerous?”
Generally speaking, a property condition can be considered dangerous when it poses a foreseeable risk of injuring someone. For example, if snow is allowed to accumulate right outside the front entrance to a restaurant, one could reasonably expect that someone might slip and fall when trying to enter the building.
Some examples of common dangerous property conditions include:
- Uneven flooring
- Slippery or wet floors
- Accumulated ice or snow
- Defective sidewalks
- Cluttered walkways
- Dim lighting
- Lack of safety signs
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Swimming pools without safety fences
- Unrestrained dogs/animals
- Negligent security
Please note that this is not a full list of potentially hazardous conditions; if you were injured as a result of another condition not listed here, but you believe the property owner should have known about and/or repaired the condition, reach out to our Philadelphia premises liability lawyers to learn how we can help.
Turn to Our Trusted & Experienced Team
If you or someone you love slipped and fell or was otherwise injured on another person’s property, Fellerman & Ciarimboli Law PC is ready to help you fight for fair compensation. You shouldn’t have to face the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. Let our attorneys fight to maximize your claim and help you get back on your feet.