Easton Premises Liability Lawyer

In Easton, Pennsylvania, landowners — and those who exercise substantial control or possession over a given parcel of property — have a duty to keep their property in a reasonably safe condition for all visitors and premises entrants.  Failure to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition, or to warn premises entrants of various hazards, may therefore expose the possessor of property to significant liability in the event that a visitor is injured due to the presence of the hazard at-issue.

Premises liability claims can be challenging to litigate.  Your attorney will have to investigate the scene of the accident and consult with experts to reconstruct the accident and accurately assess the hazard risks on the property.  As such, it’s important that you work with an Pennsylvania injury attorney who has a long track record of success in litigating premises liability claims.  Call (888) 777-7098 for a free consultation with an experienced Easton premises liability lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC today.

The Basics

Pursuant to Pennsylvania law, to succeed in your premises liability lawsuit, you will have to show that:

  1. There was a dangerous condition of property (i.e., a hazard) that exposed you to an unreasonable risk of harm;
  2. The hazard was non-obvious;
  3. The defendant failed to warn you of the presence of the hazard at-issue; and
  4. You suffered injuries as a result of such hazard.

For example, suppose that you are climbing up a set of wooden stairs at an old Easton restaurant.  As you’re climbing up, one of the steps dislodges and collapses, causing you to suffer serious injuries to your leg.  You could arguably sue and recover against the defendant for failing to properly maintain the stairs so as to keep them in a reasonably safe condition for customers.

Obviousness is an issue in many cases, however.  If the hazard is obvious, then Pennsylvania law will shield the defendant from liability — a visitor is expected to avoid obvious conditions, even without adequate warning.  For non-obvious hazards, however, the defendant may avoid liability by simply putting out a sign warning visitors of the hazard.

Premises liability claims are quite diverse, as the nature of the hazard may vary substantially from case-to-case.  Dangerous conditions of property may include:

  • Liquid spills
  • Uneven ground or flooring
  • Piercing and cutting hazards (i.e., shattered glass, wood, etc.)
  • Fire safety hazards
  • Chemical exposure
  • Negligent security
  • Poor visibility on the property
  • Stairs without guardrails
  • And more

Reach Out to an Experienced Easton Premises Liability Lawyer

Premises liability claims vary significantly depending on the circumstances of the case.  If you have been injured in a premises liability situation, Pennsylvania law may entitle you to compensation for your various injuries.

Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC is a multi-practice law firm that has represented clients in premises liability lawsuits for over thirty years.  We are committed to personalized representation, and work closely with our clients to develop an effective litigation strategy that is tailored to the particular facts of their case.

Interested in speaking with an experienced Easton premises liability lawyer?  Call (888) 777-7098 today to get connected today.  During the initial free consultation, we will assess your claims and help you determine how to move forward.

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