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Pennsylvania woman wins premises liability suit against store

When companies decide to open their places of business up to the public, they need to make sure they are safe. In fact, Pennsylvania companies have a legal obligation to ensure that people are safe from open and obvious hazards on their premises. If people are hurt by hazardous conditions that the business should have fixed but didn't, then that business can be held liable.

In a recent case, a Pennsylvania woman was awarded $792,968.16 after a slip and fall accident in a Pennsylvania grocery store. In this case, the woman was working for a food distributor and was visiting the grocery store to ensure that certain products were on the store's shelves.

While in the store, the woman needed some paperwork from a back office. When she went to enter the office, she tripped over a box that was being used as a door stop. As a result, the woman fell to the floor. In the fall, the woman suffered a neck and back injuries, a dislocated shoulder, a fractured knee and shoulder and carpal tunnel syndrome.

The injuries were so severe that the woman lost wages because she was unable to work. The grocery store's management admitted that the box had been used for a long time, but said they didn't believe it caused a safety concern.

When stores have hazardous conditions -- like a large tripping hazard or a wet floor -- they need to do everything they can to warn people of the danger and fix the problem. When stores ignore these issues, then people can get hurt. When people are hurt because of the negligence of a store -- like the woman in this case -- compensation is available for their injuries.

Source: The Pennsylvania Record, "Pa. woman wins six-figure verdict in slip-and-fall case against Phila. Pathmark," Jon Campisi, Aug. 6, 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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