Under Pennsylvania law, if you slipped on water, soda or other fluids at a business or residence, the owner or management company may be liable for your injuries. However, whether it's appropriate to move forward with a lawsuit depends on factors such as seriousness of the injury, the facts surrounding the accident, etc. An experienced injury lawyer will be able to guide you on what to do.
Pennsylvania law on slip and falls or trip and falls is quite clear. Landowners and occupiers who operate businesses such as shopping malls, bars, restaurants, etc. have a duty to people they invite onto their premises. These guests are entitled to the legal status of "invitees" and Pennsylvania law recognizes that because invitees are on a given premises for the benefit of the business owner, the owner/operator has a duty to perform reasonable inspections of its premises for defects and dangerous conditions, such as spilled drink or food.
In most slip and fall cases, the case will depend on whether the plaintiff can prove that the defendant owner/operator knew or should have known about the condition. Actual notice is usually proven by testimony of witnesses or employees, prior incidents involving the same defect, or documentation such as an inspection report which mentions the defect. Establishing constructive notice isn't as clear cut. Details such as kind of business, type of defect, length of time the defect existed, etc. are important. For more information, access our free legal article on slip and falls in Pennsylvania due to spilled fluids.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured due to a slip and fall from food, water or other liquids, contact the experienced slip and fall lawyers at White and Williams, with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Your case deserves evaluation by our team of lawyers who will provide answers to all of your questions and give you advice on whether you have a case and how to proceed. Call us for a free, no obligation consultation. 877.944.8396
**This website does not provide legal advice. Every case is unique and it is crucial to get a qualified, expert legal opinion prior to making any decisions about your case.