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Woman injured on someone else's property at Pennsylvania museum

A woman filed a lawsuit after she was injured on someone else's property. The suit is against a Pennsylvania museum of art and the Risk Management Division of the city in which the museum is located. Because she was injured on someone else's property, she has the right to seek compensation to cover incurred expenses.

The woman was touring the art museum when she tripped and fell. The slate on which she had walked was broken and uneven in that part of the gallery. She claims there was no written or verbal warning that the flooring was in such poor condition. She further states that she sustained numerous injuries to various parts of her body as a result of the fall.

The plaintiff cites that she has spent approximately $20,000 for medical treatment and other expenses. Her suit claims the museum operators should have known the danger the damaged walkway would pose to visitors. She is asking the museum and the city department to pay over $75,000 to reimburse her for the medical expenses she has already paid and for legal and associated costs.

If a person is injured on someone else's property, that person can request that the property owners and any partners pay for medical treatment and other fees accrued as a result of the injury. It is up to a business owner to ensure that the property and any buildings are kept in good condition for the welfare of their patrons. Those Pennsylvania residents who have injuries sustained as a result of a property owner's negligence should consider the different opportunities available for receiving compensation.

Source: Philadelphia City Paper, "Woman suing Art Museum after tripping on walkway", Emily Guendelsberger, April 8, 2014

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