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Falling Down Stairs At A Public Establishment In Pennsylvania - Know Your Legal Rights

In Philadelphia, there are many places for residents and tourists to visit and dine, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo, and various famous restaurants.  Unfortunately, visitors to these places may also suffer trip and fall accidents and sustain serious fall down injuries due to the establishments’ negligence.  In such situations, injured patrons may be able to bring PA trip and fall accident lawsuits against the establishments.

A common fall down accident occurs when a customer trips or falls down a flight of stairs or even just one or two steps.  The museums, restaurants, etc. may have a step at the main entrance or door, which requires visitors to step up on their way in or step down on their way out while opening the door.  Sometimes, customers fall on the step when entering or exiting the establishments because the step is a dangerous tripping hazard in certain situations.

For instance, if the step is cracked and missing a piece of cement, a customer may twist his/her ankle and fall after stepping on the part of the step that is missing a piece.  Another example involves a customer who falls upon exiting because there are no warning sings telling the customer to “watch the step” or to “step down” when exiting.  Because the customer does not know the step is there, he/she may lose his/her balance, fall and fracture a hip, arm or ankle.

Public establishments have the highest duty to protect customers on their premises.  Pursuant to Pennsylvania trip and fall accident law, customers are considered as invitees or business visitors, which are defined as follows by Restatement (Second) of Torts Section 332:

  1. An invitee is either a public invitee or a business visitor.
  2. A public invitee is a person who is invited to enter or remain on the land as a member of the public for a purpose for which the land is held open to the public.
  3. A business visitor is a person who is invited to enter or remain on land for a purpose directly or indirectly connected with business dealings with the possessor of the land.

Therefore, public establishments have the duty to maintain and keep the property in a reasonably safe condition for its intended purposes.

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Not every step at an entrance or exit is going to be dangerous.  Every trip and fall accident on a step is different.  Therefore, it is important to consult with an experienced Philadelphia, PA trip and fall accident injury lawyer to discuss your potential case.

If you were injured in a trip and fall accident, feel free to call the personal injury lawyers at White and Williams LLP. 877.944.8396


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