Lancaster, Pennsylvania is the location of our slip and fall story today. A woman in Lancaster slipped and fell outside of a convenience store after, as she alleges, a landscaping company failed to clear snow and ice from the ground. The woman sued the landscaping company for the incident, and that company - Home Grown Outdoor Finishes - has since filed preliminary objections to the lawsuit.
This is a good place to start when it comes to slip and fall cases like this. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania sees its fair share of snow, and it is important to realize that companies have an obligation to maintain a safe premises for their patrons. When they fail to uphold and fulfill this responsibility, they are opened up to some serious liability.
Snow removal is just one specific circumstance that can lead to a company or business suffering from civil litigation as a result of a slip and fall. Grocery stores may leave a spill unattended, leading to a customer slipping and falling. They may have dangerous electrical conditions or dilapidated flooring that causes injury. Or, they may fail to follow basic safety protocols that are in place to protect their patrons.
Innocent people can suffer terrible injuries as a result of a slip and fall incident. When they are victimized in such an incident and it can be proven that a company failed to act in a responsible way, then the individual needs to consider his or her next legal steps.
Source: PennRecord, "Landscaping company objects to slip-and-fall lawsuit," Nicholas Malfitano, March 9, 2017