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Accident at Pennsylvania hospital leads to suit

When businesses open their doors to the public, they have the responsibility to keep their premises safe. People who go to these businesses expect that the business will be reasonably safe with no hidden dangers. When businesses are not careful in maintaining their properties -- especially their floors -- it is very easy for a slip-and-fall accident to occur.

These slip-and-fall accidents can cause serious injuries to people. In one recent Pennsylvania case, a woman claims to have fallen while at a Pennsylvania hospital. According to the woman, she slipped on the floor because of a buildup of cleaning chemicals, polishing liquid and the buffing on the floors. As a result of the fall on the wet floor, the woman tore the ATL in her right ankle.

In her premises liability suit, filed on May 15, the woman claims that the hospital acted negligently. She says that the hospital negligently failed to warn her of the dangers of the floor, failed to maintain safe conditions, failed to correct a dangerous condition and negligently failed to teach employees how to properly maintain the hospital's floors.

Furthermore, the woman claims that because of the injury to her ankle she has lost wages, has been in pain and her general quality of life has suffered. She is asking the court to award her attorney's fees and $50,000 in compensatory damages plus interest.

Under Pennsylvania premises liability laws, businesses -- including hospitals -- are responsible for damages when someone is injured on their property because of their negligence. Some signs of negligence might include knowing that the floor was slippery but failing to fix it, failing to place warning signs around floor or not realizing the floor was dangerous despite the fact that it could have easily been discovered.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Crozer-Chester Medical Center faces slip-and-fall suit by Delaware plaintiff," Jon Campisi, May 20, 2013

Commonwealth v. Candice Steinbacher – Motion for Judgement Acquittal Granted

Motion for Judgment of Acquittal for a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) prosecution was granted by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts, after Attorney Kyle Rude argues that the Commonwealth could not prove Ms. Steinbacher was in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. Ms. Steinbacher was arrested after Williamsport City Police believed she switched seats with her boyfriend in order to avoid an arrest for DUI.

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