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Proving fault in a Pennsylvanian slip-and-fall accident


Suffering an injury from a fall can be very gruesome and traumatic for fall victims in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. For most, falls happen unexpectedly and could even be caused by the negligence of another. On almost a daily basis, individuals will enter the property of another's, whether it is a business, store or private home. Upon entering the property, there is the general expectation that the property is safe and maintained. However, when this duty is not met, a visitor or patron might be injured in a slip-and-fall accident.

There are many reasons that an individual could be involved in a slip-and-fall incident, and some of these are due to dangerous property conditions. Moreover, the property could have dangers or hazards because of the negligence of the property owner. Because of this, it is important that victims understand how to prove fault in these types of accidents.

There are three major factors to consider following a slip-and-fall accident, and the victim will need to prove one of these conditions. First, it should be considered whether the property owner should have known about the dangerous conditions because a reasonable person in his or her position would have discovered the condition and taken steps to fix it. Next, a victim could show that the property owner was aware of the dangerous conditions, however, failed to repair of fix it. Lastly, a victim could provide evidence to prove that the employee caused the dangerous condition that was that was the direct cause of the slip-and-fall accident.

If a fall victim is able to prove one of these three conditions, he or she might be able place responsibility on the property owner through a premises liability suit. This could help the victim recover compensation for the loss and damages suffered in the incident. This often includes medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages and other related damages.

Those injured or harmed by a slip and fall accident should understand that they might have options following the incident. Negligence could have been a factor, and a victim could take certain steps to hold a negligent party liable for his or her negligent acts.

Source: Injury.FindLaw.com, "Proving Fault in Slip and Fall Accidents," accessed on Sept. 21, 2015

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