Pennsylvania businesses, big and small, have a duty to keep customers safe. When people are invited on to the property of another, they should expect that the property will be safe from any open and obvious dangers. Things like wet floors, inadequate lighting, crowded aisles or inadequate security can all lead to serious injuries for Pennsylvania residents.
Recently, a Pennsylvania man was lucky to walk away from an accident at a local bank with only minor injuries. In this case, the 36-year-old man was using the bank’s drive-thru when the drive-thru’s overhang came crashing down. The 48-foot-long concrete overhang — weighing almost 17 tons — fell and smashed into the man’s car at around 4:00 p.m. one evening. The concrete slab landed on the car windshield and hood trapping the man inside the car.
Rescue workers responded to the incident, but it took over an hour to free the man from his car. Once he was free, he was flown to a local hospital for treatment. However, he was released a short time later after doctors discovered he only had a sprained ankle. An investigation is now underway to determine why the slab fell.
In some situations, the owner of a business is negligent in repairing or maintaining their property, posing a serious threat to customers and other people on the premises. Should this failure cause an accident that injures someone on the property, the business owner may be held liable. As a Philadelphia premises liability lawyer can advise, a premises liability suit can help people recover expenses from an accident on another’s property. This compensation can help people recover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering caused by the accident.
Source: Altoona Mirror, “Pa. driver escapes serious injury from slab fall,” Aug. 29, 2013