Slip and fall accidents happen at many public establishments, such as supermarkets, restaurants, train stations, and department stores. The fall can be caused by various dangerous tripping conditions such as:
In Pennsylvania, public establishments have a duty to protect their customers from dangerous conditions on the premises, as well as activities carried out on the premises.
Pursuant to Restatement (Second) of Torts Section 343, the establishments are subject to liability for their customers' injuries due a dangerous condition if they:
(a) know or by the exercise of reasonable care would discover the conditions, and should realize that it involves an unreasonable risk of harm to such invitees;
(b) should expect that they[customers] will not discover or realize the danger, or will fail to protect themselves against it; and
(c) fail to exercise reasonable care to protect them[customers] against the danger
Parts A and B of this article will only discuss section (a), which deals with notice of the dangerous condition to a possessor of land or a public establishment.
If the public establishment creates the dangerous condition by its actions, it is not necessary for the injured customer to prove that the public establishment had notice of the slipping hazard or dangerous condition.
For example, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) creates a hole on a public sidewalk to check out a pipe, fails to put warnings signs around the hole and leaves the hole without patching it. The next day, a pedestrian falls into the hole and gets injured. In this situation, the pedestrian would not need to prove that PGW had notice of the hole because PGW created the hole.
Slip and fall accidents can significantly affect your daily life. If you were injured at a public establishment, you probably incurred various medical bills and expenses. You may recover your bills and expenses from the public establishment. For more information, feel free to contact our Pennsylvania slip and fall lawyers at 877.944.8396. We also help injured individuals as a result of slip and fall accidents in New Jersey.