Slips and Falls Attorney in Pittsburgh PA
Many personal injury cases are lassified as a “slip and fall” case. These types of cases typically occur at business establishments such as a department store or grocery store. A defective condition in the property, whether it is debris, water or another faulty condition, can present itself by the actions or inactions of another consumer or store employee. An unwitting consumer slips in the mess and falls, suffering injuries.
The issue surrounding all slip and fall cases is whether the property owner had notice of the defective condition that caused the incident. If the property owner had notice of the condition, or should have had notice, then they may be responsible for any injuries and damages sustained as a result thereof.
These cases are pursued on a theory of Negligence. Negligence is defined as the omission to do something which a reasonable man would do, or, in the alternative, the doing of something which a reasonable man would not do. Negligence is by far the most common basis for recovering damages in a personal injury case.
Negligence is based on the concept that each of us owes a duty of some sort when engaging and interacting with others.
That duty may be to operate our automobile in a reasonable fashion, by obeying traffic signals and posted speed limits, or to clear our sidewalk of debris so that others will not trip and fall.
Negligence occurs when we breach a duty that is owed to others. In a Slip and Fall case, the negligence is typically the failure to cure or clear the defective condition that exists on the property. The measuring stick goes back to the definition of Negligence, namely, the duty to act as a reasonable person would. The business owner, if he were reasonable, would clear or correct the defective condition as soon as he was placed on notice of the condition. Each of us owes a duty to others to act in a reasonable fashion.
I provide free consultations for clients throughout Western Pennsylvania, including Home and Hospital visits, if necessary. To set up a free initial consultation, contact my office at 412-823-8003 or send an email to Attorney Greg Artim