Premises Liability Lawyer Philadelphia

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How a Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyer Will Help With Your Case

The premises liability lawyers at Cousin Benny help you get the maximum recovery possible from your premises liability claim. When you work with our premises liability lawyers, you can rest assured that your case is in experienced hands. Our promise to:

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A Team That Fights For You

Cousin Benny’s team of experts and experienced Philadelphia premises liability lawyers only know one way to get things done, and that’s by winning cases. For over 15 years, we’ve proudly served the Philadelphia area with world-class litigation and legal services, and we’re just getting started.

If you want a tough Philadelphia premises liability attorney ready to stand in your corner until the final bell sounds, look no further–Cousin Benny is the law firm that fights for your right to a fair settlement.

Getting You the Compensation You Deserve

With an undying passion for helping the good people of Philadelphia, the lawyers of Cousin Benny are determined to get you the premises liability settlement you deserve. If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, you may have a case worth thousands or more!

To find out how much your case is worth, contact a Philadelphia premises liability lawyer at Cousin Benny today for a free consultation!

We Handle All Types of Premises Liability Cases

Premise liability claims are common types of personal injury cases where a person is injured on someone’s property. If the owner or manager of the property is liable for those injuries, they’ll be responsible for compensating the injured party. Here are the most common types of premise liability cases:

Dog Bites

Dog attacks are common premise liability cases in which a dog attacks and bites a person, usually leading to substantial injuries. Dog bites can run the gamut from severe maulings to less severe cases where skin is barely broken.

It’s important to discuss your case manner with an experienced premises liability lawyer so they can help determine if your case is worth pursuing. You would be surprised to learn what compensation you may be entitled to.

Slip and Fall Accidents

You’re eligible for compensation if a property owner’s or manager’s actions–or lack thereof–contributed to or caused your injuries. The burden of proof is on your lawyer, though. Your Philadelphia premises liability attorney must prove that the owner’s or manager’s negligence led to the accident and your injuries.

Inadequate Maintenance

Inadequate maintenance of property in Philadelphia has caused devastating slip and fall accidents. If a property owner or manager failed to maintain their property and you were injured as a result, you may have a premises liability claim. Call us to find out.

Types of Damages Available in Premises Liability Accidents

Economic

Economic damages are the costs you incur due to a premises liability accident. If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, chances are you incurred some medical expenses and perhaps missed some time at work.

Economic damages are easily calculated by tallying medical bills, time away from work, and anything else that constitutes a financial loss due to the injury you suffered. If your injury is severe, you may be entitled to compensation for future earnings and medical care.

Non-Economic

Non-economic damages compensate for emotional distress, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, or disfigurement. Because these damages do not come with an invoice and are subjective, it’s much more difficult to calculate how much you are due. An experienced Philadelphia premises liability lawyer can assess your situation and tell you how much people like you have been awarded in non-economic damages.

Punitive

Punitive damages are imposed upon defendants whose conduct in causing your injury was more egregious than mere negligence. Courts impose punitive damages to punish the defendant and to deter others from that conduct. In Pennsylvania, punitive damages are usually capped at twice the amount of compensatory damages.

Elements That Need to be Proven in a Premises Liability Case

Duty of Care

In order to show that someone was responsible for your premises liability injury, you need to identify those who had a duty of care to you. In premises liability, the duty of care of a property owner or manager is to maintain the property responsibly and warn and cordon off hazardous conditions. The person owing you a duty of care may be the property owner, manager, developer, lessee, or any or all of these.

Breach of Duty

What constitutes breach of the duty of care will vary depending upon the type of property it is. For example, allowing a spill to remain on a slippery floor in a grocery store for fifteen minutes may be a breach of the duty of care to keep aisles safe to walk through.

Failing to erect a fence around a construction site or post warning signs near ditches may be a breach of the duty of care. Failing to have adequate lighting or security in a mall parking lot may be a breach of the duty of care.

Status of the Person on the Property

What you are doing on the property and whether you were invited on or allowed on the property may affect your premises liability claim in Pennsylvania, because it affects the duty of care the property owner or manager owes you.

Invitee

You are classified as an invitee if you have either express or implied permission to be on the property, whether for a business purpose or a social purpose. A restaurant patron or a shopper at a clothing store is an invitee.

Under Pennsylvania Law, a property owner or manager owes an invitee the highest duty of care, which is the duty of care to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition and to either repair or warn of any dangerous condition on the property that it either knew about, or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known existed.

Licensee

You are classified as a licensee if you are invited on the property for some personal or social purpose that doesn’t benefit the owner of the property financially. Someone attending a party at a friend’s house is considered a licensee.

Under Pennsylvania law, a lesser duty of care is owed to a licensee.  A property owner or manager owes a duty of care to warn licensees of any known hazards, but there is no positive duty to inspect for dangerous conditions or to repair dangerous conditions once they are discovered. 

Trespasser

You are classified as a trespasser if you enter a property without permission or the consent of the property owner and/or person/business renting that property.

Under Pennsylvania law, the duty of care owed to trespassers is very low.  A property owner or manager need only refrain from willful, wanton or reckless conduct that could harm a trespasser, such as letting a vicious dog run loose. 

Attractive Nuisance

The “Attractive Nuisance Doctrine” is an exception to the law regarding trespassers in Pennsylvania. If a property owner or manager knows that children are entering the property to investigate something that is attractive to them, such as a swimming pool, athletic fields, a lake, a barn, or farm animals, they must take reasonable steps to make the premises safe such as limiting access to the attractive nuisance or removing it.

FAQs about Premises Liability in Pennsylvania

Anyone responsible for the property’s condition can be held liable and be made to pay for injuries occurring on the property due to their negligence. This may include the property owner, lessee or tenant, manager, developer, and builder.

Call Our Philadelphia Premises Liability Lawyers to See How Much Your Case is Worth

The Philadelphia premises liability lawyers at Cousin Benny are looking forward to discussing your case with you. Call today to schedule your free, no-obligation case consultation. At Cousin Benny, We Treat Our Clients Like Family.
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