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Pennsylvania sinkhole causes dangerous property condition

When people in Pennsylvania own property, they are responsible for ensuring that people are safe from dangerous property conditions that they know about or should have known about. Under premises liability laws property owners who do not keep other people safe on their property can be held responsible for damages.

As winter becomes spring and the weather warms up, property owners should be aware of a new danger to themselves and their guests -- sink holes. Recently, there has been a rash of sink holes causing havoc to many communities around the country. Some of these large holes have even caused fatal injuries.

In a recent Pennsylvania case, a woman tried to walk her dog one morning but noticed a giant sinkhole in her Bethlehem Township driveway. The sinkhole was 40 feet wide and started to destroy the woman's driveway and threatened the family. The residents of the home were evacuated until the fire department determined whether the nearby house was structurally sound. While the family was eventually allowed to return to their home, officials claim that it could take up to two weeks to fix the large hole.

While sometimes dangerous property conditions, like giant sinkholes, are created without warning, other times property owners have warning signs they choose to ignore. When property owner ignore the signs of danger or negligently repair a property, accidents can happen leading to serious injuries.

When people are injured on another's property, the injured people may be entitled to compensation. This compensation can help cover expenses relating to the injury including lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. When a dangerous property condition causes an accident, people should act quickly to protect their legal rights and get on the road to recovery.

Source: AOL Real Estate, "Sinkhole in Doris Jenkins' Driveway: A Case for More Insurance?," Graham Wood, March 12, 2013

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