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Can You Sue A Venue If Someone Else Injures You There?

Many people are not aware of the fact that if another patron injures you while you are attending an event, you may be able to sue for any damages resulting from the venue's negligence. Negligence on the part of the venue means that it did not take reasonable steps to address an obvious danger or problem. Usually in the case of concerts, security should be on hand to prevent injuries resulting from crowd surfing and stage diving, as well as other unsafe behavior. If there is a lapse in security, and unsafe behavior is permitted and results in an injury, then the victim of said injury can sue the venue.


Normally, property owners or tenants can't be held liable for injuries to people who had been trespassing on their land. But when those people are children, and the trespass happened because the children had been attracted to a dangerous man-made feature on the land, those owners or tenants can be held responsible under the 'attractive nuisance' doctrine. 


While it's still winter, and snow and ice covers city streets, soon enough it will be spring. When the ice melts, inevitably drivers will be faced with a road hazard that's potentially even more dangerous than the ice had been: potholes. Unseen potholes can cause severe damage to a driver's car, and may even result in bodily injury if they cause the car to veer off course or stop abruptly. 


If you slip and fall on someone's property in Pennsylvania in the wintertime, you might not have much recourse in a premises liability lawsuit. That's because of something known as the "hills and ridges doctrine," which limits property owners' liability for accidents caused by natural and recent accumulation of ice and snow. 

Proving liability after a slip-and-fall accident

A Pennsylvanian slip-and fall accident often happens suddenly, causing victims to deal with unsuspecting injuries. These injuries are not only physically debilitating, but could also impact the victim emotionally, mentally and financially. If a property owner fails to take care or to guard visitors from hazards and dangerous conditions that are known or should have been known, the property owner could be held liable for all resulting injuries.

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.

Warning signs providing immunity for Pennsylvania equine activity

There are many reasons why Pennsylvanian visitors will enter private property, such as a farm or a stable. If a facility on the private property is used to conduct equine activity, it is likely that several visitors will be on the premises for lessons or activities related to the equestrian activities sponsored or advertised on the property. Pennsylvania residents who engage in equine activity should be aware of the rules regarding liability for negligence, and how immunity could be available to property owners in some situations.

Can Pennsylvanian homeowners be liable for an injured trespasser?

It is not uncommon for homeowners in Pennsylvania to have visitors enter and remain on his or her property. This could be a simple event that could have no adverse effects. However, if there are dangers or hazards on the property, liability could be placed on a homeowner for the injuries suffered by the guest. Does the same homeowner liability extend to injured trespassers?

Premises liability claims and the inattentive pedestrian

Walking on the property of a business or private owner often appears to be a relatively safe experience. Pedestrians in Pennsylvania do not often consider walking into hazards or dangers on public or private property the person is invited on; however, certain conditions and factors could lead to a pedestrian accident. When this occurs, it is important to assess the entire situation, and the role each party played leading up to the incident. This could establish fault and whether a premises liability claim is available.

What conditions lead to outdoor slip and fall accidents?

Throughout the year, residents in Pennsylvania need to walk outside to get inside of an establishment such as a supermarket, shopping center, office building, gym, school and various other types of building. Even if it is just a short walk in the parking lot from a vehicle to a building, individuals could face various dangers and risks that could lead to a fall and serious injuries.

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