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The most common types of personal injury cases we handle in Pennsylvania involve car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, or slip-and-fall accidents. For more specific information on car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and to learn how a personal injury attorney can help, click here: car accident.

We also handle cases involving negligent security and premises liability. Negligent security is an interesting field because it covers any location where a person was injured and had a reasonable expectation of being safe (e.g. bars, schools, daycares, churches, casinos, concert halls).

Premises liability cases involving slip-and-fall injuries are also quite varied. They can occur as the result of defective stairs, liquid on a walkway, icy sidewalks, broken sidewalks, wet floors, potholes in a street, or wobbly railings. The crux of these cases rests on the idea that a property owner’s negligence in maintaining safe premises was the cause of another person’s injury. Injuries related to premises liability claims can be sustained almost anywhere in Philadelphia, such as the sidewalk, home property, gym, hospital, hotel, museum, parking garage, or shopping mall.

What Are Waivers When It Comes To Premises Liability Claims?

Many people wonder whether they can sue for premises liability if they signed a waiver, and the answer is yes. On this topic, there are two important details to know. The first is that in Pennsylvania, minors cannot waive negligence, even if their parents signed a waiver protecting the establishment or premises from liability in the event of an injury. This often comes into play at “family fun zones”, ski areas, and water parks.

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The second important detail is that case law in Pennsylvania has shown that a defendant’s recklessness or gross negligence cannot be waived. In the case Tayar v. Camelback Ski Corporation 616 PA 385405 in 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that there is a dominant public policy against allowing exculpatory releases of reckless behavior, which encourages parties to adhere to minimal standards of care and safety. This means that even if an adult signed a waiver prior to sustaining an injury, they will have a viable lawsuit and successful recovery so long as it can be shown that gross negligence on the part of the defendant led to the injury in question. When dealing with potential cases of gross negligence, a claimant should seek the services of a personal injury attorney who has knowledge about the case law in Philadelphia and how the law is applied in various jurisdictions throughout Pennsylvania.

What Is Nursing Home Neglect?

Many people want to know how to identify potential cases of nursing home abuse or neglect. Trips, falls, broken bones, bed sores, poor hygiene, extreme weight loss, and depression are just a few of the warning signs that someone in a nursing home is being abused or neglected. Often, people make the mistake of assuming that if an individual was already in poor health, then signs such as these are unavoidable. However, the entire point of nursing home care is to provide people with a reasonable and good standard of care; that’s what the patient is paying for. No one is in a nursing home because they’re healthy, and even though someone is sick, the nursing home staff still has a duty to treat them in accordance with the standard of care and to ensure that they are happy and healthy.

For more information on Personal Injury Cases In Pennsylvania, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (267) 225-3317 today.

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