. .

Invest in your success.
JVRA helps lawyers win cases by providing critical information you can use to establish precedent, determine demand and win arguments.


Premises liability - Trip and fall at amusement park - Alleged defective steps - Wrist fracture with surgery.

Dauphin County

The plaintiff alleged that the defendant allowed a dangerous condition at its amusement park in the form of a series of steps leading to a shopping area. The plaintiff claimed that she tripped and fell because the nosing on the steps was defective. The defendant denied that the steps were dangerous and maintained that the fall was caused by the plaintiff’s own negligence.

The plaintiff was a female in her early 60s when she was visiting the defendant’s Hershey Park. She was walking on a series of steps leading to a shopping area when she claimed that her shoe caught on the nosing of a step near the top and caused her to trip and fall. The plaintiff’s expert testified that the nosing (the outer edge where the flat steps meets the vertical riser) of the steps was defective and lacked an appropriate slant. The plaintiff sustained a wrist fracture as a result of the fall and underwent surgical correction.

The defendant argued that the nosing of the steps had the proper slant and that the plaintiff’s expert based his opinion on grainy photographs and never inspected the actual steps. The defendant’s liability expert testified that the steps met all building code requirements. The defense maintained that the steps were safe and that the plaintiff’s fall was caused by her failure to pay attention to where she was walking.

The jury found that the defendant was not negligent.

To read the full article, please login to your account or purchase

5 ways to win with JVRA

JVRA gives you jurisdiction-specific, year-round insight into the strategies, arguments and tactics that win. Successful attorneys come to the table prepared and use JVRA to:

  1. Determine if a case is winnable and recovery amounts.
  2. Determine reasonable demand for a case early on.
  3. Support a settlement demand by establishing precedent.
  4. Research trial strategies, tactics and arguments.
  5. Defeat or support post-trial motions through past case histories.

Try JVRA for a day or a month, or sign up for our deluxe Litigation Support Plan and put the intelligence of JVRA to work for all of your clients. See our subscription plans.