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DEFENDANT’S Premises Liability – Trip and Fall – Plaintiff trips on a pile of an ice melt substance on steps of defendant’s premises – Failure to adequately maintain premises – Injuries to face, head, neck, back, and knees.

Philadelphia County, PA

The plaintiff, in this premises liability action, maintained that the defendant premises owner negligently allowed an ice melt substance to pile up on the exterior steps of the premises, creating a hazardous condition which caused the plaintiff to trip and fall. The defendant denied all allegations of negligence, and argued that the plaintiff’s own actions caused the incident, and the plaintiff was not seriously injured in the incident.

On February 12, ________, the plaintiff was a lawful business invitee on the defendant’s premises in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. As the plaintiff was walking on an exterior step, she was caused to trip and fall on an accumulation of salt or ice melt substance. The allegations of negligence contained in the plaintiff’s complaint were causing or permitting the steps to become or remain in a defective condition, failing to adequately maintain the premises, failing to properly illuminate the premises, and failing to warn of the dangerous condition. As a result of the incident, the plaintiff suffered head and face contusions, cervical/thoracic sprain, and bilateral knee contusions and sprain. The defendant denied all liability and injury, and argued that no defective condition existed on the premises, and that the plaintiff did not sustain any serious or permanent injury.The jury found that the defendant was negligent, but that their negligence was not a factual cause of bringing harm to the plaintiff.

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