After a former Pennsylvania Superior Court judge died after an accident at a friend and colleague’s house, the surviving family members have filed a negligence lawsuit against the colleague and the catering company who served at the house on that night. Philadelphia premises liability lawyers say that the former judge fell down a flight of stairs and hit his head, causing his death two days later.
The lawsuit claims that the house was very full for an engagement party, and a catering staff member burst out of the kitchen, causing the judge to fall backward down the basement stairs. The basement door was open, and the judge could not manage to grab the stairwell handrail.
When someone is on another person’s or company’s property, certain promises of safety are assumed. A Philadelphia premises liability attorney will explain that landowners have a responsibility to inspect their property and either repair unsafe conditions or post a warning alerting others to the danger. If an owner knows about a dangerous condition and fails to warn a visitor about the situation, then they might be liable for an injury that occurs.
Premises liability law frequently questions the foreseeability of an accident given the condition of the property, in addition to why a person was on the owner’s property. Depending on the dangerous situation and the relationship of the injured party to the owner, the owner might be liable for partial or full compensation of the injury.
Someone who has been injured on another person’s property should know that a skilled attorney will be able to navigate the complexities of premises liability law to help them get the compensation that they are entitled to.
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Family of former Pa. judge sue attorney and catering firm in his death,” Bob Fernandez, Mar. 14, 2013