August 11, 2011 - Philadelphia, Pa. - According to Yahoo News on April 11th, Governor Corbett passed a new "Fair Share" law that changes liability cases in the state of Pennsylvania. The law changes the fundamental mechanics of liability in negligence cases. Under former law, plaintiffs could try to seek full compensation from a defendant that was found to be even 1% at fault.
The new law instead allows a proportional share of liability to be divided up in cases where there are several defendants. The court will assign an apportioned amount of liability for each defendant.
Supporters of the bill say the new legislation will make Pennsylvania more attractive to prospective employers. Others claim it may deprive victims from compensation.
The "Fair Share" law allows for certain exceptions, such as in the cases where the defendant is more than 60% at fault, or where there has been intentional misrepresentation.
Several attempts prior to this bill were made to abolish joint liability, but were unsuccessful until Governor Corbett passed the "Fair Share" bill, which won approval in the House with a 112-88 vote.
The new law, found at Section 7102 of Title 42 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, is in effect immediately.
Help After a Pennsylvania Slip and Fall Accident
If you have been severely injured in a Pennsylvania slip and fall accident, this new bill may affect your case. You shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person's negligence, though. Contact a Philadelphia injury lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case - 877-944-8396.